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Lawnton Book Stop

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by Chrystal Byrne (subscribe)
Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published July 31st 2013
Quality new & second hand book store
Old books, new books, dusty books, brown books, crinkled books, used books, paper books, hard books, text books, reference books, story books, classic books…

I love book stores. I guess it comes naturally with my love for both reading and writing, but I really feel at home within them. If a book store is large enough, I'm sure I could spend hours scouring the rows of titles, flipping pages, browsing blurbs, scanning sections and hunting for specific works – if time would allow it. I can't quite explain the feeling, but I very much enjoy walking into a large book store – top-to-toe full of the written word – books of all sorts, writers of all sorts, words of all sorts. Yes, big old book stores, homely.

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The Lawnton Book Stop logo - compliments of the Lawnton Book Stop website:

That's what it feels like to me when I walk through the doors of Lawnton Book Stop – almost like coming home. There are two little sayings that I would quote here in comment of this store: looks can be deceiving and hidden in plain view. Lawnton Book Stop is quite a large book store, although it does not appear so. But, walk through the first room and you will find another, and another, and another. In fact, Lawnton Book Stop boasts five significantly-sized rooms full of both new and used books – approximately 45,000 to put a number to it – and yes, it really is that big. Looks can be deceiving.

Regarding my second comment – hidden in plain view – well, this is how I would describe Lawnton Book Stop's location. The book store is situated on busy Gympie Road; amongst the many car yards, mechanics and car-part retailers. It shares it's address, 666 Gympie Road, with at least three other businesses in the square-like lot (more car yards, mechanics and car-part retailers), but if you're looking for it, you won't miss it. Lawnton Book Stop is on the left-hand side of Gympie Road if you're heading into Lawnton and on towards Petrie. Just look out for the orange signs and banners. Hidden in plain view.

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The History Room

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The Children's Room

A little side-story about Lawnton Book Stop:
Preceding May 2012, this store was known as Marriott Books and was under different management. Marriott Books was a three-strong chain of second hand book stores located in Lawnton, Stafford and Corinda. In the beginning months of 2012, the owners of Marriott Books found it necessary to downsize and put the Lawnton store up for sale. The now-owner of Lawnton Book Stop, Dale Marshall, felt saddened at the possibility of the place being made into something other than a book store, so she bought it up, cleaned it up and renamed it Lawnton Book Stop. Lawnton Book Stop had it's first birthday in May this year (2013) and the place looks better than ever. Marriott Books has since closed it's doors at Stafford and is now only open at their Corinda location.

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Not unlike other book stores, books housed in the shelves of Lawnton Book Stop are sorted by category and author throughout the rooms and are arranged in tall bookcases along the aisles, undeniably embracing and endorsing the 'floor to ceiling of books' fantasy that some book-lovers (myself included) entertain. This system makes it easier to browse sections of particular interest, or hunt down hard-to-find titles. I think it is also important to note that the rooms and aisles of Lawnton Book Stop are wide, open and clean. Despite the vast quantity of books available, no area feels cramped or crowded. The walkways are clear and there is enough room to browse comfortably with others around you.

Taking lead from Marriott Books, Lawnton Book Stop caters to a huge selection of categories. There are the more expected classifications such as: Music, Health, Science, Reference, History, True Crime, Fantasy, Literature and Children's, but then there are the more unusual or uncommon, but not unexciting, categories such as: Architecture Photography, Transport, Religion, Esoteric, Myths and Legends, French Literature, Espionage, Archaeology and Shakespeare. Yes, good ol' Willy has a section all to himself. Some categories even warrant sub-categories – this can be observed most strongly in the History room.

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The Romance section - Mills & Boon types

Now if you're like me, Lawnton Book Stop sounds amazing, and you'll be wanting to become a fixture in the aisles immediately if you haven't done so already. Here's some last golden-nugget bits of information – to spur your visit just that little bit more:
1. All books at Lawnton Book Stop are reasonably priced (most are second hand).
2. Lawnton Book Stop operates an exchange program.
3. Lawnton Book Stop has a loyalty/rewards system.
4. There are chairs, pillows and even coffee and water available for comfortability.

Lawnton Book Stop Trading Times:
• Monday: CLOSED
• Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm
• Saturday: 9am – 4pm
• Sunday: 10am – 3pm

Contact Lawnton Book Stop:
Phone: (07) 3881 1547
Email: or

Lawnton Book Stop, Book Art, Book Love
This is book art that the owner of Lawnton Book Stop, Dale Marshall, gave to me on my last visit. I was taking photos for the article when I spotted a few books with the pages folded in ways such as this one. This one stood out to me the most as the pages spell out "LOVE". Dale, noticing my fascination with it, offered it to me as a gift. I think it's beautiful, and it has a special spot right at the front of my overfilled bookcase.
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Why? Because you love big old book stores.
When: Opening times are available on the Lawnton Book Stop website or in store.
Phone: (07) 3881 1547
Where: Lawnton Book Stop. Unit 1, 666 Gympie Road, Lawnton, QLD.
Cost: Cheap.
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