Meet Amelia Mellor Online

2022-02-02 18:30:00 2022-02-02 19:30:00 Australia/Sydney Meet Amelia Mellor Online Author of The Grandest Bookshop in the World From 1 December 2021 people from across NSW have been enjoying the... Australia Lauren Page
Location: Online via Zoom,
Event cost: Free. Bookings essential to receive your Zoom invitation.
Contact: Hornsby Shire Libraries

Author of The Grandest Bookshop in the World

From 1 December 2021 people from across NSW have been enjoying the award-winning Indyreads Summer Book Club title, The Grandest Bookshop in the World, written by Amelia Mellor. Readers can now join Amelia online in conversation with State Library of NSW Curator, Sarah Morley.

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.

The Grandest Bookshop in the World is available for free to NSW public library patrons on the Indyreads eBook platform from 1 December until 2 February. To borrow this and many more fabulous titles go to or download the indyreads App.

Download the book from the Indyreads app with your library card, or at:


Register now and you will receive a Zoom invitation with all the information you’ll need to join the talk.

If you’ve never attended a talk via Zoom before, the process is very simple.

You’ll need your own free Zoom account to participate. If you don’t have Zoom yet go to to get started on a laptop or PC, or if you’ll be watching from a mobile device download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from the App store or PlayStore.

You won’t be seen by the speakers or the other participants, so you can relax in your most comfortable clothes and enjoy your favourite beverage while you watch.

Amelia Mellor