SIX years ago Catherine Wherry and Jeremy Morrison opened “Books at Yarck” on the Maroondah Highway in the charming village of Yarck. Shortly after they moved from Melbourne to Merton they fell in love with the attractive building and the cottage garden at 6591 Maroondah Highway. When it came up for sale Catherine bought it and started planning for its conversion to a second hand bookshop.
Shortly after they moved from Melbourne to Merton they fell in love with the attractive building and the cottage garden at 6591 Maroondah Highway. When it came up for sale Catherine bought it and started planning for its conversion to a second hand bookshop. It is now a friendly independent bookshop, open five days a week (see ad in rail trail section) with an extensive stock well organised by category. This includes a wide range of topics including a good selection of military and sport books as well as cooking, gardening, art, biography, nature, and all categories of fiction (adult, children, Australian, classics, romance, western, sci-fi and crime).
There is a cosy area with two chesterfields for reading in comfort inside, and also a “deck with a view” for outdoor reading in fine weather. Patrons are invited to bring their drinks in from any of the nearby cafes.
Catherine is an avid reader herself and is happy to assist anyone who needs help with choosing books. Identifying “mystery” books (ones that your friend said you would love, but neglected to give complete details) is one of her specialities as she spent many years as an “information detective” (sometimes known as a librarian).
She will also help customers to track down books they are looking for when possible. She is always delighted when she can provide a book that someone has been seeking (maybe for a long time), and it has happened a few times lately.
Jeremy’s special interest is military books, and he has amassed a very impressive collection for Books at Yarck. Sport is another specialty, especially cricket.
The shop has lots of windows, providing good natural light, is heated in winter by a wood fired stove, and cooled in summer by an air-conditioner. Everyone is made welcome to browse at leisure.
Books and magazines are available to suit all pockets from 50 cents, $1, clearance stock for $2, and even a FREE box. The majority of books are priced at less than $10.
Murrindindi Guide – Summer 2013 / 2014 – 53
Story kindly supplied by Murrindindi Guide