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A Book Affair - Second Hand Book Store

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by Georgina Tselekidis (subscribe)
Freelancer and aspiring journalist from Adelaide. Visual Arts graduate & current journalism student. Fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, art & food. I also write for The Adelaidian // theadelaidian.net/author/georgina-tselekidis
Published December 21st 2015
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Books, books, glorious books. Today was an amazing day, as I visited this beauty during my op shopping adventures. I had stumbled upon this place online as I was looking for Christmas gifts and thought a quality book would be a great option for my partner. I made my way down there today and I was happily surprised. As you enter, you're instantly overwhelmed by the copious amounts of books that are on display. This book store has an extremely extensive collection and I spent a while sifting through the various genres. Although there is a lot of stock, it is nicely categorised.



I was on the hunt for an Architecture book, but along the way I decided to absorb as much of it as I could. It's a small, intimate, warm and cosy little nook of a shop, with friendly and genuine staff. I began my journey in the Fiction department, instantly lured in by a first edition Scott Fitzgerald book.



I then drifted off into the back section of the store, which led me to another world filled with wonder and amazement. I was astounded by the range on offer. I found a collection of Penguin Books that instantly caught my eye, including A Clockwork Orange, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and the list goes on. They were reasonably priced also.

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Penguin Book Collection.


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More Penguin Books. A Pile of Them Infact


As I made my way further into the store, I noticed a collection of plays and books by famous playwrights and noble writers including Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Charles Bukowski and more. I had to stop and take a peek. From vintage and antique printings to modern day versions, I was definitely in heaven from that point on. I love sifting through old, tattered and weary books, as it brings about thoughts of time and place. The idea of something derived from past years into 2015 is fascinating. The character of an old book is always more valuable to me than a modern day publication.

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Shakespeare Range


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The Character of the Shakespeare Books.


It doesn't stop there. If you're after a special item then this is the place to be, as you'll be spoilt for choice with an array of diverse books that would suit any collectors tastes. One that I was super enthralled by was a retro Coca-Cola hardcover book, comprising of images and information of all Coca Cola branded products from the 50's. I was impressed by the Art genre also, with some interesting books on Impressionism, Photography, famous artists and artistic techniques. I was lucky enough to find some newbies for sale, such as Jamie Oliver and Gordan Ramsey; a clever gift idea if you're currently in a Christmas present rut. In addition, a generous variety of Children's books are available for the little ones, so bring them along if you're planning to visit.



I unfortunately didn't find what I was specifically looking for in the end, but I am glad to have stopped by this lovely shop and I'll definitely be returning again. I honestly could have spent a very long time in this place, it was so peaceful, quiet and tranquil. Log off Book Depository and head to A Book Affair for your next purchase.


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Why? Because you can't buy happiness, but you can buy books.
Phone: (08) 8361 2181
Where: 39 Kensington Road, Norwood.
Cost: Books are priced well, with some basics starting from $8. Significant books or collections are around $40 to over $100.
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thanks for that! Adelaide is still one of the best cities for browsing for old books, although there are fewer stores than there were before video stores got big...
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