Magic of yesteryear: Take a sneak peak at The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor

Magic of yesteryear: Take a sneak peak at The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor

Pearl Cole lived in a bookshop. 

When most people said that, they meant that they spent so much time at the library, the theatre, or their workplaces that they felt as if they lived there. But for Pearl, this was not the case.  She did not spend her life in bookshops in general. She lived in a flat at the top of Cole’s Book Arcade, 299 Bourke Street,  under the rainbow sign that could be seen from as far away as  Parliament House. And although it meant she had to explain herself often, Pearl would not have given up living in a bookshop for any price. For one thing, living in a bookshop allowed her to read lots of interesting books.  

For another, it allowed her to read lots of interesting people. She was reading one now. He was a tall man, leaning on a shelf in the business section. A black walking cane, topped with silver,  rested at his side. Pearl held Treasure Island up to her face and watched the stranger over the top of it. He must be some actor  or magician, she decided…

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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.

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