Visiting Melbourne Bookshops again – Subbie and his mate and To the Bridge

Over the last few days I’ve had the pleasure of visiting some of my favourite bookshops again, as well as a couple I hadn’t visited before, something we creators have been unable to do much of over the last couple of years.

There’s nothing as good as stepping into a bookshop brimming with books, especially books for children and all the welcoming accompaniments that go with it. These bookshops are special places to go, to step into a world of adventure, nourishment and security.

On Sunday I visited the seaside suburb of Mornington and the delightful Farrell’s Bookshop, where I signed copies of Subbie and his mate and To the Bridge on the very day, when 100 years earlier, Lennie Gwyther and his beloved pony, Ginger Mick were born.


From there I dropped into Robinson’s Flagship Bookstore in central Frankston, once again signing copies of Subbie and his mate and To the Bridge.

Yesterday I made my first visit to the very welcoming Jeffrey’s Bookshop in Glenferrie Road, Malvern, signing copies of Subbie and his mate,

before driving on to Dymocks Bookshop, 200 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East in its wonderful new location just up from the classic Rivoli Cinema complex.

Today, also for the first time, I visited the beautiful Escape Hatch Books at 9 Strathalbyn St, Kew East VIC 3102. The moment I stepped inside I felt like a kid again and wanted to hide in the cosy spot under the stairs with favourite book characters. I can’t wait to visit again with my little grandson very soon.




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