There are no dedicated book stores where I live, so I either buy online or wait to splurge when visiting friends and family in Brisbane. While I adore browsing the two-storey Dymocks in the CBD, I wanted to explore another independent bookstore during my most recent visit. My mum and I visited Folio Books about a year ago and I’ve been wanting to visit again ever since. I got completely lost in there this time and emerged with a whole pile of new books.
Usually when I enter a book shop, I head straight for the YA section. But in Folio I didn’t. It has the most amazing selection of non-fiction books. The store is split into sections on Australian history, travel memoirs and guides, politics, biographies, current affairs, history, art and design, architecture, fashion, music, and more I’ve probably forgotten now. I’m not a massive non-fiction reader, although there are select books I’ve been meaning to read for a while which I managed to find in Folio.
I could have spent hours browsing each non-fiction section. I particularly loved the massive selection of fashion books and travel guides. I also enjoyed getting lost in the large collection of adult fiction, which spanned a whole wall of the shop. Folio’s collection of classics was impressive as well, with some gorgeous editions of offer alongside the red Vintage and orange Penguin classics. I was particularly thrilled to find a small pile of Penguin’s Little Black Classics, which I wasn’t able to find online in Australia. Since I wasn’t familiar with many of the writers featured, I settled for just one Little Black edition by Elizabeth Gaskell.
On top of an extensive range of books and a beautiful, welcoming atmosphere, Folio has lovely and incredibly helpful staff. I think there were three or four books I enquired about, which they were more than happy to help with. While Folio sell a small selection of their books online, you can also order other titles over the phone with shipping throughout Australia. I’m sure this is something I’ll be doing in the future. However, I’ll definitely also be going back to this beautiful store next time I’m in Brisbane.
Aside from my Little Black Classic, I bought a medieval history book I’ve been searching for since high school, Miranda Hart’s book and two books on journalism (one a memoir with grammar and punctuation discussions thrown in and the other an exploration of the News of the World scandal).