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The Searchers, 93 Smith St, Fitzroy

June 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Admin

A break in programming here to syndicate a Blogging the Bookshelf related post at my fiancee’s excellent but dichotomous blog of Melbourne’s eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment options: MEL: HOT or NOT:

HOT: The Searchers, 93 Smith St, Fitzroy

In a bid to save money, RM has been valianting attempting to curb his book-buying habit. I think this is a worthy goal given that at great cost we have recently packed, shipped and unpacked twenty boxes containing our combined book collection, and when we move again I don’t fancy packing and moving forty boxes of books. Plus, we have a library 5 minutes walk from our house, with more books than we could ever read in our lifetime.

But I don’t want to be known as the no-fun-fiancee. So when RM turned his big sad puppy eyes at me, I couldn’t bear to deny him a little look inside The Searchers. The airy, well-organised and well-stocked shop is the antithesis of the dusty higgledy-piggledy mess of your usual secondhand bookstore (they also sell vinyl records) and I’ll admit it’s a pleasant place to browse. But naturally RM couldn’t just browse – he came away with The Road by Cormac McCarthy (even though he warned me from against this supposedly unreadable book to my book club!) and The Art of Travel DVD by Alain de Botton.

Given my current reading queue, you can expect a review of “The Road” sometime in the next two years….

Really though, The Searchers is one of the best second hand book stores I’ve come across. Not the largest selection, but a very high quality offering of modern literature. If I wasn’t on a book buying diet I could have bought half a dozen books here.


  • Gourmet Chick

    No fun fiancee I love it! As for the Road – it is a book that really stays with you but I did find it quite depressing.

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  • CosJam

    Twice I have had to move large stacks of books tom anew abode, and twice I have traded in stacks for smaller stacks and vinyl at the searchers. Once justa few months ago, and another early 2009. The first time I left the Road and the Art of Travel – a square hardback copy? I love to think they went to a good home. The Road is an incredible novel and a pathway to more McArthy – pardon the pun.