Bookshops along the way – Melbourne to Sydney and return

On my recent trip to Sydney and return, following the footsteps of Lennie Gwyther and Ginger Mick (To the Bridge), I stopped at some lovely bookshops, big and small.

All of them found new ways to continue operating during Covid and all met the challenge. Apart from the trip itself, it was so nice to be inside bookshops again. Here are the ones I visited:

Nextra Leongatha – a newsagent which sells a wonderful array of things, including books and including To the Bridge. Lennie began his journey about 100 metres from the front door of this shop. Always lovely to visit. Thank you Peter.

Collins Booksellers Sale – new owners Natasha and Daryl (Jane and Catherine too) made me feel very welcome. I did a launch here for Hey Baby! way back in 2013.

Next stop was Just Books in Bairnsdale where I met the lovely Elaine. A signing was combined with a talk about the book in the Paperchase Cafe next door. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

Foxtale Books in Cooma, is a gorgeous bookshop sitting right opposite the beautiful Cooma Library (Snowy Monaro Regional Library.) I was welcomed warmly in both places and met some wonderful staff and great kids. Thanks especially to Sonia at the library and Jo at Foxtale Books.

I signed copies of One Lone Swallow with lovely Mirelle at the National Library of Australia Bookshop and we swept in and out of Canberra.

In Sydney I signed books with illustrator Owen Swan (One Lone Swallow, Scruffle-Nut and My Friend Tertius) at The Children’s Bookshop in Glebe (thank you Paul and Beth),

Gleebooks, also in Glebe with the lovely Rachel,

then with Helen at the Blues Point Bookshop at McMahons Point to sign copies of To the Bridge and Little Dog and the Summer Holiday (both books have beautiful illustrations of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.)


I also flew in and out of Abbey’s Bookshop and Dymocks in Sydney signing books.

In Gundagai I signed 100 copies of The Dog on the Tuckerbox at The Dog on the Tuckerbox Cafe and Lolly Shop, (thank you Melissa and Rose) as well as at the Gundagai Visitor Information Centre – thanks Donna.

In Wagga Wagga I signed a pile of books at the full-of-books Gateway Bookshop (Thanks Fran and David) before a lovely book-signing at Collins Booksellers in Wagga Wagga (thank you Mel and Natasha.)


and final bookshop stop was with Caroline at Booktique in Wangaratta.

Thank you all.





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