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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published March 4th 2018
A bookstore so good it's diabolical

Perth has quite a few excellent bookstores. Some of my favourites are Planet Books in Mt Lawley, Crows Books in East Victoria Park and Kaleido Books & Gifts in Perth. I only discovered Diabolik Books & Records a week ago. Prior to that, I didn't know it existed. I don't visit Mount Hawthorn much. But that is about to change. Now that I know Diabolik is there, I suspect that I'm going to be heading down to Mount Hawthorn a lot more in the near future.

You might be thinking "How does a bookstore survive in this modern age?" The trick is to provide a shopping experience and that's exactly what Diabolik Books & Records does. Diabolik really does a good job at standing out in the street. I thought their logo looked a bit like Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Diabolik Books & Records feels a lot like Planet Books in Mount Lawley. The place is absolutely cram packed with all sorts of things. I was immediately drawn to the Children's Section. There was colour everywhere and the shelves were weighed down with books. I really liked the Studio Ghibli posters on the walls and the images of the Muppets above the bookshelves.

Up the back of Diabolik, there is a big vinyl record section. There are framed AC/DC posters on the walls, posters and t-shirts, art books and lots of records. On the day we went, they'd gotten in some re-prints of some David Bowie records. It was an exciting find.

Diabolik has a huge selection of books. There were tables and bookshelves overflowing with everything from cult classics to graphic novels to books of poetry. Another thing the shop has is a lot of novelty items.

One thing that caught my eye was an oven mitt that was a little bit rude. There were also some Studio Ghibli stuffed toys behind the front counter that I thought were pretty adorable. They also had tote bags from books and films. I got one from A Clockwork Orange.

Diabolik Books & Records is a Hipster's paradise. A lot of hard work has gone into making this place a delightful, colourful riot. It has caught my attention and I will be going back there again to see what goodies I can find for a good steal.
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Why? Spend some time exploring this great little gem of a bookshop
When: Open Sundays 9am to 5pm, Mondays Saturdays 9am to 9pm
Phone: (08) 9201 0271
Where: Diabolik Books & Records, 149 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016
Cost: The price range is typical for a boutique bookstore. Some items are a little pricey but most are affordable and reasonable.
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