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7 Books About Melbourne You Should’ve Read By Now

By Ben Tyers
27th Apr 2018


If you’re absolutely wild about Melbourne like we are, you just want to consume the world’s most liveable city from all angles.

We’ve seen it with our eyes, we’ve seen it in prints on the wall of your local café, but how many times have you read about our fair city in print?

There are so many amazing books that feature Melbourne, books about street art, the laneways, the café culture, or fiction where Melbourne is another character.

So, if you’re looking for some new things to read as we settle into winter, here are 7 books about Melbourne that you should tuck into.

Burn City | Melbourne’s Painted Streets

Lou Chamberlin

For more than 12 years Lou Chamberlin has been photographing Melbourne’s famous street art scene and this book provides a great record of the amazing street art that Melbourne has—and has had—adorning its walls.

Find it here.

Bearbrass | Imagining Early Melbourne

Robyn Annear

Back in 1835, Melbourne was known to locals as Bearbrass. Robyn Annear’s book takes a look at the village that became the world’s most liveable city, from white settlers in 1835 to the first gold rush.

Find it here.


Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham’s book looks at a year in the life of Melbourne—a year that involved a 47-degree day now known as Black Saturday, to hailstorms, Queen Vic Market, the footy, and much more.

Find it here.

Laneways Of Melbourne

Kornelia Freeman & Ulo Pukk

We all love the laneways that Melbourne such a unique place. Laneways Of Melbourne is a visual guide to more than 200 of Melbourne’s laneways, alleys, and small streets.

Find it here.

Melbourne Then And Now

Heather Chapman & Judith Stillman

If you’ve ever walked past one of Melbourne’s many beautiful old buildings and wondered what it used to look like, this is the book for you. Featuring a ton of photos from the old days and now, you’ll be shocked to see the buildings that Melbourne no longer has.

Find it here.

Angus O’Callaghan Melbourne

Ben Albrecht

This book compiles a heap of amazing photos from Angus O’Callaghan during the period of 1968-1971, showing a side to Melbourne that you have probably never seen before.

Find it here.

Retro Melbourne

Fred Mitchell

Similar to Angus O’Callaghan, Fred Mitchell captured Melbourne post-war. You’ll find a wide array of photos from the CBD, and the suburbs that you won’t recognise today.

Find it here.

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