Bookseller Corrie Perkin of MyBookshop picks her favourite books celebrating our city.
Yarra: A Diverting History of Melbourne’s Murky River
by Kristin Otto
This is the best book about Melbourne, tracing the history of the Yarra from the time of the Kulin Nation to John Batman and the development of urban and suburban Melbourne. I learnt so much reading this.
Melbourne – Then and Now
by Heather Chapman and Judith Stillman
Traces the history of Melbourne through photos of our wonderful buildings such as Flinders Street Station, the City Baths and Her Majesty’s Theatre from the old days and compares then and now.
Melbourne Precincts: A curated guide to the city’s best shops, eateries, bars and other hangouts
by Dale Campisi
This small hardcover acknowledges that Melbourne is a city of boroughs and villages. It divides the city into these boroughs to provide a really accessible guide.
Remembering Georges: Stories from Melbourne’s Most Elegant Store
by Annette Cooper
This is such a beautiful document of record about Australia’s most elegant department store. It’s full of memories from the people who worked and shopped there, including Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, and has the most wonderful images.
by Christos Tsiolkas
This award-winning novel set in contemporary Melbourne relates eight people’s views of an incident that happened in a backyard. It’s incredibly evocative of where we live and captures the spirit of our city.
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