About Us

At Edgars Books and News, we’ll help you escape the everyday with an exciting range of quality literature to spark your imagination. Made for Readers, our Wangaratta book shop has an extensive collection that caters for all ages with fiction, non-fiction, children’s bestsellers, reference, sport, biography, gardening, recipe and anime just some of what’s in store. We love recommending your next great read and helping to plan your monthly Book Group selection (with discounts available for Book club members). Our speciality book ordering service ensures no stone is left unturned tracking down rare, unique and hard-to-find publications on your ‘must read’ list from around the world.

As North East Victoria’s largest ABC Centre, we supply Australian and international DVD boxed sets, new releases and old favourites, with pre-orders available so you don’t miss out. We also stock magazines, newspapers, stationery, calendars, diaries, crossword puzzles and gift cards, with home, school and office delivery options available on request. We support North East Victorian educators with our extensive learning enhancement resources, annual school book list service and additional supplies including Revision Study Guides, Cambridge Checkpoints, Neap Smartstudy, A+ Notes and Exams and Studyon guides.

Owned in partnership by Reg and Chris Whinray, Mark and Jude Rosenow, Edgars Books and News (formerly Edgars Newsagency) first opened its doors in 1939. We’re proud to support literacy initiatives in our local community through primary and secondary student awards and partnering with Wangaratta Library to sponsor children to read 1000 picture books prior to starting school.

Our people

Mark

As an avid reader, Mark’s the go-to person for researching hard-to-find titles that not everyone has the skill or knowledge to find. Our key book buyer, he makes sure that we always provide an inspiring mix of specialty reading material for you to Escape the Everyday. Along with major releases, Mark’s eclectic choices of the not-so-ordinary make browsing in Edgars a unique experience. His secret vice is Bridge and he’s always happy to share his inside knowledge if you’ve got an hour or two spare!

Jude

Jude’s passion for education shines through with her management of North East School Supplies, providing all text books and stationery Wangaratta students require to achieve their learning goals. She works closely with Cathedral College, Galen Catholic College and Wangaratta High School to ensure resources are up-to-date, supplying their annual booklists. Keen for children to catch the reading bug in their early years she works with Mark to ensure there’s an exciting selection of picture, fiction and non-fiction books instore. Downtime for Jude is spent cooking, gardening and reading which guarantees so there’s always a wonderful range of recipe, gardening and home design books on our shelves!

Reg

As much of an institution as Edgars itself, Reg has worked in the store for over 40 years, starting off as a paperboy aged 12. He became a full-time member of Edgars Newsagency after he left school and loved it so much, he’s never left! Reg has a wealth of knowledge on the newspaper, magazine and stationery side, always ready with a recommendation. Outside of work, Reg is a passionate fisherman – which explains our impressive stocks of fishing and hunting mags! Just don’t ask him to divulge his best fishing spots!!

Christine

As our front of house star, Christine has a terrific understanding of what’s instore and always loves catching up with our clientele. A born and bred local, Christine’s local area knowledge means she’s almost a second Visitors Information Centre, always able to help people get out and about in town. Christine has been a keen sports player (netball and basketball) over the years and still regularly umpires netball. Awarded a Life Membership by the Ovens and King Football and Netball League, she has a strong connection with the Wangaratta Sports Community.

Jamie-Lee

Our ray of sunshine, Jamie-Lee is fantastic with customers and enjoys a good banter with our regulars. A busy mum who recognises the importance of getting children reading when they’re young, Jamie-Lee makes sure we’ve always got the best range of children’s books on our shelves. Though we don’t know where she finds the time, Jamie-Lee usually reads up to 5 books a week and knows what’s about to hit the shelves. PS Don’t get on the wrong side of Jamie-Lee on the Badminton Court…. she has a killer instinct! Perhaps that’s why she enjoys true crime so much????