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Yarra Cottage Books

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 3rd 2019
Second hand books, but first hand reading experiences
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Yarra Cottage Books is most appropriately named as it is located in one of the oldest buildings in Warrandyte a cottage, almost on the banks of the Yarra River.

Old cottages have small rooms and this cottage has many, all crammed with floor to ceiling bookshelves full of books on almost every subject known to mankind.

Books in shelves.
Part of one of the many shelves throughout shop.


Yarra Cottage Books was established in 1999 and the current owners, Steve and Jo Brazil, took over in 2009.

Bookshop
A welcoming smile from Steve.


Steve estimates that there is around 35,000 books in the shop and almost as many in storage.

Books in shelves.
Narrow aisles means more books.


Many of the books fit into the category of rare, antiquarian and out of print books.

All the shelves are labelled, so it is easy to find books on any specialized interest. A large range of fiction adorn many of the shelves and many children's books were noticed. Childhood memories flooded back when some Enid Blyton books were seen.

Book shop window
Even the window is full of books.


I spent about half an hour in the shop, mostly talking to Steve. He didn't seem concerned that I didn't buy anything as he was good for a chat about books and life in general. I had purchased several books on past visits, all on my favourite subject of aircraft.

Book shop interior
The front and biggest room in the shop.


Gift vouchers are available and what a unique gift for a book lover a choice from over 35,000 books.
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Where: Yarra Cottage Books. 189 Yarra Street, Warrandyte. Melways map: 23 F.11.
Your Comment
I could get lost in there all day
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 12 days ago
One of the best second hand bookshops anywhere! Buy a book or two, then read it over a cup of coffee at one of the cafes nearby. Book lovers heaven!
by gandk (score: 1|14) 3 days ago
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