A trip down memory lane: Find out the story that inspired The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor

A trip down memory lane: Find out the story that inspired The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor

Bookstores have always been a magical place filled with stories for everyone to enjoy. Edward William Cole knew that better than anyone. Cole’s Book Arcade was opened on 27 January 1883 by Edward, and became a haven for readers of all ages. Authors from all over the world came to visit it and it housed one of the biggest book collections in the world at the time.

And of course Edward William Cole wasn’t finished there. He went on to write the famous series of books, Coles Funny Picture Books, which contained many jokes, riddles, stories and poems. An instant classic.

This riddle is actually from Coles Funniest Picture Book

Without a bridle or a saddle

Across a bridge I ride a-straddle

And those I ride, by help of me,

Though almost blind are made to see.

We’ve added the answer at the bottom so check to see if your guess was correct!

Amelia Mellor was so inspired by the story of Cole, that she decided to write her very own book based on his life and his Book Arcade. The Grandest Bookshop in the World is the product of this inspiration and is everything that we could have expected. Whimsical, magical and almost nostalgic. Everyone who reads this book can find something to love and only makes going to our favourite bookstore even more of a treat.

In The Grandest Bookshop in the World, the characters have to solve various riddles. To solve this riddle below, you’ll need a copy of The Grandest Bookshop in the World, so make sure to grab the novel to get a taste of the magic!

Beginning in anguish, surrounded by care. 

You’ll find I reside in the midst of despair. 

I dwell in the mountains, the plains and the waves;

Seen never in birth, yet always in graves. 

I appear in the banquet, each party and game:

The middle of war, yet in peace just the same. 

I am found in the darkness, but not in the light;

In pairs or alone: but in crowds, out of sight. 

I’m silent in Heaven, unseen within Hell. 

Though absent in greeting, I’ll join your farewell. 

 

 

Answer to the first riddle: Glasses!

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Publisher details

The Grandest Bookshop in the World
Author
Amelia Mellor
Publisher
Affirm Press
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
29 September, 2020

Synopsis

Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole’s Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father.When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade – and himself – in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won’t just lose Pa – they’ll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.
Amelia Mellor
About the author

Amelia Mellor

Amelia Mellor began her writing career as her secondary school’s resident playwright in Year 11. As part of her creative writing course at the University of Melbourne, she completed a thesis on the reinvention of the Industrial Revolution in children’s fantasy literature. In 2018, she won the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust’s Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship for The Grandest Bookshop in the World. Her other writing credits include a 2018 ASA Award Mentorship and a finalist place in the 2016 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Contest. When she isn’t writing, Amelia enjoys hiking, gardening and drawing. She is an English teacher in regional Victoria.

Books by Amelia Mellor

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