Inspired by Buzzfeed’s 17 Spectacular Bookshops in Australia to See Before You Die post, I thought it was time to give my own neck of the woods a shout-out. We are surprisingly well-serviced by fabulous bookshops down here on the south coast of NSW. We’ve got the beautiful ones, the friendly ones, the incredibly well-stocked ones, and the ones that combine all of that and more. These are five of my favourites in this area:
boobook on owen, Huskisson: There’s something about the combination of carefully chosen books and the proximity of Jervis Bay that makes this little bookshop very, very seductive. It’s a lovely space, with a terrific range of children’s books. My boys love popping in for a browse.
Dymocks Books, Nowra: I love the team in here. Love. They are so knowledgeable and so happy to chat about books, and the customer service is always A-1. These guys are readers and it shows. A huge selection of books and staff who will happily help with recommendations and suggestions.
The Red Leaf Bookstore, Milton: This is a very pretty bookshop in a very pretty town. Tucked away behind the shops, it’s a browser’s paradise, with a great selection of interesting and unusual books.
Dean Swift Books, Nowra: With an ever-changing calendar of events, this indie bookshop works hard to promote books and authors in the region. The friendly staff are ever-helpful and my boys have a particular love of the ABC Shop incorporated inside (Doctor Who, anyone?).
Our Bookshop & Cafe, Berry: That perfectly dangerous blend of coffee and books… Another bookshop with an extremely well-chosen children’s range, it tops off the arrangement beautifully with a very fine milkshake (according to my two young connoisseurs).
So there you have it, five of my favourite local bookshops. What do you think makes a great bookshop?