Cheers (and maybe a few happy sobs) could be heard across Melbourne this week as our wonderful bookshops reopened their doors. Here, the Affirm Press team shares what we’ve missed the most about these magical places.

Laura

Oh how I’ve missed browsing! Shelves upon shelves of new books, old books, books I’ve never heard of, that book I keep seeing on Instagram, a book I intended to buy years ago but for some reason never got around to… Well no more excuses, now is the time.

Coco

I can’t wait to visit Hill of Content. I’ve missed chatting about books and Gilmore Girls with Jaclyn Crupi. She’s always got a great book recommendation for me (plus a hot take about all the failings of the GG reboot).

Tash

I’ve really missed Leesa Lambert singing Happy Birthday to debut books at book launches at The Little Bookroom!

Keiran

I’ve already been back to my local! I miss seeing the books we publish on the shelves. It sounds very self-centred but we put a lot of love into publishing every one of our books and it gives me a thrill to see booksellers spreading that love.

Freya

I moved to Hawthorn during lockdown and while I’ve loved regaling the AP team with my tales of trips to the fancy Coles here (there’s a fresh pasta bar and ‘macaron station’, would you believe!) it’s been a little heartbreaking seeing Readings Hawthorn closed next door. I can’t wait to pop by and grab some books ahead of the long weekend.

Lauren

I have missed Erica at Robinsons The Glen and her brilliant recommendations!

Rosie

There’s a certain bookish stretch of Bourke Street I’ve really been missing these past few months. I’m looking forward to riding my bike into the city to visit Hill of Content and Paperback Bookshop – there’s no better way I can think of to feel like a Melburnian again.

Meg

I’m excited to actually look at books in person! Shopping online isn’t the same, particularly when it comes to picture books.

Martin

I’ve missed Chris Gordon from Readings’s party twirl and Deb from The Sun’s radiant positivity!