Anna MacDonald at Bourke Street stalwart The Paperback Bookshop says we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fiction set in and around Melbourne, but it’s hard to go past Helen Garner’s classic novel Monkey Grip. "First published in 1977, the city it describes is still immediately recognisable. Reading this book, you can feel the summer sun on your skin, hear the sounds of Lygon St, North Melbourne and the Victoria Market, and follow Nora as she treads (or cycles) the inner-city streets.”
Reading can be a magic portal into other lives and far more exciting places, but sometimes there's joy in reading about the city you live in. We spoke to the teams at some of our favourite independent bookstores and asked them to share their favourite reads about Melbourne.