The End of a Favourite Haven

It’s closing! City Basement Books, one of my favourite second hand bookshops in Melbourne, if not the world, is having its final, end of everything sale and will close its doors at the end of April.

I’ve spent so many hours in their basement bookshop, sitting on a stool, scanning shelves, making little ‘must have’ piles beside me, lugging more books than I can afford up to the front desk and then reluctantly leaving some behind for my next visit.

When my kids were small, it was one of our favourite city haunts. We could easily lose an afternoon wandering from the classics to the kids books with a long detour past the travel and reference sections. We loved the musty, dusty odour of the basement, the piles of unshelved books that teetered at the end of the aisles and the life-size cardboard cut-out figure of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer that stood behind the counter.

Trips into the city just aren’t going to be the same. I’ll have to develop a whole new travel routine, which is going to be really hard. Any time I went into town, City Basement Books was always the last stop-off before I jumped onto the train home, a favourite haven at the end of a long day.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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