At that time I went into the best Catholic bookstore in Melbourne, Pellegrini, and asked for “the Jospeh section, please”.

“I’m sorry?”

“The book section on St Joseph, the teacher of Jesus.”

“Um, we don’t really have a Joseph section.”

“Why not? Jesus only had two parents. You have a very extensive Mary section. Why don’t you have an equally extensive Joseph section?”

“er, I don’t know. I never really thought about it.”

“I see. So what you’re really saying is that you have dozens of books on Mary, the mother of Jesus, but you have zero books on Joseph, the father and teacher of Jesus. Is that right?”

“Well, yes. That is true.”

“Does that seem fair, or even sensible to you?”

“I’m sorry. You’ll have to speak to the manager. Shall I get her?”

“No, it’s way too little and far too late for that.”