Husband-and-wife team Travis Brown and Benita Bunting are veterans of Melbourne’s book trade and their shop is proof. It’s an open, inviting space and considerable attention has gone into the layout and display of their wares. Brown and Bunting boast an eclectic range, fiction, non-fiction and collectables such as old magazines and graphic novels (a large collection of ’60s Phantom comics was bought and just as quickly sold on the day we talked to Travis). There are several shelves of science fiction and fantasy and, Travis estimates, over 2,500 children’s picture and chapter books.
The last few years have been tough on Melbourne’s second-hand bookstores. The rise of digital books, the growth of online trading and increasing rent has claimed several high-profile sellers. But whether you are a bibliophile with a passion for rare books or an avid reader out for a bargain, Melbourne still has a wealth of stores to choose from. Here are the best.