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Published July 20th 2016
Find your favourite book in Ashgrove
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The Boswell Books mural


Before the days of checking Twitter, posting on Facebook and snapping on Instagram, books and not phones were the companion of choice on the congested train ride to work or lazy summer holidays at the beach. Boswell Books in Ashgrove has a huge selection of treasured second hand books for the traditionalists who still likes to flip through the pages of a well-loved book.

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Books, books, books


It is easy to spend hours in this weathered and slightly crusty little shop, browsing through the aisles of its collection including crime, sport, cooking and history books and from authors from Barbara Cartland to George Orwell. During my visit, I found titles including "Werewolf Attack" and "Peter Rabbit". Books are reasonably priced from 50 cents with carts waiting at the entrance to begin your browse.

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A children's classic


Boswell Books also sell watch batteries (which are fitted while you wait) and rare collectible coins. How curious.The owners have a strong community focus - donating books to preschool libraries, some Queensland Prisons and charitable organisations.

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Boswell book carts


When you do manage to leave, you might like to drop into Boswells' neighbour, U&I espresso to flick through your purchase over a dramanti coffee. Oh and don't forget to look out for colourful, literary inspired painted mural on the external side wall of the Boswell Books shop.

Parking is available at the back of the shop.

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When: Mon-Fri 9:00 - 6:00, Sat 9:00-5:00, Sun 10:00 - 4:00
Where: Waterworks Road, Ashgrove
Cost: Books from 50 cents
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