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General News


            Mary's Milton would like to wish our readers a                   Happy Reading Year for 2015!


Our latest Good Book Guide is out NOW and packed full of fantastic reads! If you would like us to email a copy of the Good Book Guide straight to you sign up here

Ask us to wrap for you!

For just $2 our friendly staff are happy to do your wrapping for you. Ask at the bookshop counter next time you buy a gift for that someone special.  

Searching for something special? 

We are happy to assist with special orders if you are unable to find the book you are seeking. Just tell us what you are looking for and we'll do our best to find it for you! 

Gift Cards

And if you can't decide on that special gift, remember we have gift cards available to solve your problem! Our personalised gift cards are redeemable at any of our stores over a twelve month period.


Check out our local and self-published authors

Mary's Milton takes great pride in supporting local authors and being involved in a thriving self-publishing network that is continuing to expand across Australia. We feature a great range of local and self-published authors instore on a regular basis. We also host launches and book events to help spread the word about local projects. If you're interested in learing about new authors and supporting Australia's unique writing community ask one of our friendly bookworms to show you a selection of our self-published authors.    

Enjoy convenient online reading with our eBook Kiosk

Mary Ryan’s is more than books, music, and coffee….we're convenience! We pride ourselves on providing the most up-to-date services, and nothing is more convenient in this busy modern age than eBooks. With their affordable pricing and versatility, eBooks are convenience personified for the modern reader. And while Mary Ryan’s is proud of our long history of providing readers with quality traditional books, we are excited to be looking to the future of reading — a future we look forward to sharing with our valued community of readers. We are excited to offer this additional service to our readers, and look forward to reading with you, either online or on paper, into the future.   

EBook Kiosk


And remember, here at Milton we host a fully licensed Australia Post Office, so you can also enjoy the convenience of taking care of all your postage needs or even just paying your bills next time you visit us!

Aus Post

So, pop in to Mary's Milton and treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon of books, music, coffee, and convenience.

P.S. Visit our Facebook Page for our latest news, event updates, and photos. You can also follow us on Twitter!



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Happy Hour at Mary's Milton

Get great coffee at great prices!

3pm – 4pm weekdays

1pm – 2pm weekends

Our cosy café offers a range of delicous sweets and tasty Merlo coffee!  

We also feature gorgeous home-style lunches made fresh here at the shop daily.

You can take advantage of our catering services to make lunchtime easy. We offer fresh sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, and drinks. Simply phone 3510 5000 to order from our friendly café staff.  

Plus visit our café during Happy Hour between 3 — 4pm weekdays to receive any hot takeaway drink for just $2!

And don't forget to pick up a Loyalty Card if you're a regular visitor. After just nine coffees you'll get the next one on us! 



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What better place to meet new people and socialise than at one of our bookgroups.

Our bookgroups meet:

  • Second Wednesday of each month at 10.30am
  • Second Thursday of each month at 11am
  • Last Thursday of each month at 10am
  • Last Thursday of each month at 1.30pm
  • Last Thursday of each month at 6.30pm

(Limited vacancies available for each group).

Not only is it FREE to join one of our bookgroups, you'll also receive the following benefits:

  • 10% discount on books purchased on the day of the meeting
  • $5.00 Coffee & Cake special
  • Discount on selected Mary’s events
  • Inside information on new releases

Plus you'll read a fantastic range of books that you may never have come across and meet some great people!

To apply for a bookgroup spot, to register your interest in an evening session, or for more information, please contact our bookgroup facilitator on (07) 3510 5000.

Staff Suggestions

Our favourite picks, selected and read for you by our friendly staff: 

Adult fiction:

The Great Zoo of China (Matthew Reilly) — highly recommended by Maddie B.

Eyrie (Tim Winton) — recommended by KL


The News (Alain de Botton) — recommended by KL


Dissolution (C. J. Sansom) — recommended by bookgroup four

Gift book:

Melancholy and Bright: Quotes of Wisdom and Wonder (Kylie Johnson)   


 WeirDo: The Weird Collection (Ahn Do)   

Our book-loving staff are happy to find and recommend a great read for you! Plus our latest Good Book Guide features fantastic new releases across a range of genres. 

Book Reviews

Personalised reviews are the best way to get a real sense of a book, so we've collected reviews from our readers and our staff members to help you choose the perfect book for you.

Staff Reviews

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Assassin’s Apprentice, by Robin Hobb

“If you have not yet picked up a Robin Hobb book and been thoroughly amazed by her timeless fantasy classics, then you should. Robin Hobb is a favourite author in my family, her series combine complex plots with amusing and intricate characters.  Assassin’s Apprentice is the first book in the Farseer Trilogy, and is an excellent induction into the world of Robin Hobb, and a dazzling journey into her mind.  If you enjoy Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, you’ll love Hobb’s classic series of novels. Enjoy your Christmas books!”

Review by Adelaide from our Milton shop

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Vanishing Ireland, by James Fennell & Turtle Bunbury 

This is the fourth book in the series and it certainly has not disappointed me. Yes, I have relatives featured and it excites me to read about our heritage and find it is exactly how it was when I was growing up. This is how it was in Ireland 100 years ago, and how wonderful to read that those characters live in this age and, to be honest, they believe they are on top of the world. No CELTIC TIGER has reached those people, (how lucky are they). There is a character on page 125, Mairtin Nee, I had the fortune to strike up a conversation with him at the Clidfen Pony Show last year and it turned out he is a first cousin of my mother. What a rich conversation we had.

The previous edition had my father’s first cousin featured — music to my ears to discover this. People who have Irish ancestors will have a connection with someone in this series of books that covers Irelandfrom Kerry to Donegal and Galwayto Dublin.

Explore the detail in the photos in this book of the pictures on the walls. Many with Irish heritage will have the nest waiting for you when you decide to visit. In fact, there is probably a piece of history waiting for you to collect like the wheel of an asscart or an old dresser/glassware/cutlery. Every house was loaded with collectable items, which was distributed amongst the clans. I myself got my grandmother’s wedding ring and my mother’s wedding present of trifle dishes, and one of those old jugs of the old kitchen dresser. 

Prominently and unashamedly displayed are pictures of the Secret Heart (with the everlasting light underneath it), pictures of the current Pope, and JFK. Devalera is also in the background, but never Michael Collins. Why?

Truly a great piece of work — I welcome any questions arising from this book.

 by Bill Concannon 

Reader Reviews

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The Consolations of Philosophy, Alain De Botton

“Alain De Botton’sThe Consolations of Philosophy is a stellar read that brings together the key philosophies from six of the world’s leading philosophers. Ranging from Socrates to Nietzche, De Botton gives the reader a consolation for many of life’s turmoils, and brings varying contexts to the world around us. This book is a must-read for eager young philosophers, and will break you into the world of philosophy with simple and easy to follow ideas. You never know, this book might spark the philosopher inside you, and might even make you number seven on the list!”

Review by Nick Burton

Mary Ryan Club Card


Your very own Gold Club Card will give you access to10% off books all year round!*

Plus, we've gone that little bit further for our special extended family members and have included 10% off giftware, coffee, food, and even prized event tickets.

But that's not all, it gets better!

We thought we should do even more to show you how much we appreciate you, so we've included TWO 20% off shopping days a year! Plus the Good Book Guide mailed or emailed straight to you — so you don't have to wait with the crowds, and you can purchase those sought after books before anyone else... PLUS a chance to collect a complimentary ticket to a new release movie with each release of the Good Book Guide!

The Mary Ryan's Gold Club Card membership is tailored for our loyal customers — you are part of our family and this is our way of saying thank you for your support. For an annual fee of just $50 this special card gives members privileges at all of our Mary Ryan's stores — and they make the very best presents for the bookworms in your family!

This opportunity is restricted in numbers — we don't just offer this to everybody. So get in quick and start rewarding yourself with our Gold Club Card membership. 

*No discount applies on CDs, DVDs, Post Office items, and already discounted items.

Location - Milton

Just six minutes from the city with the river right on its doorstep, Park Road, Milton is a hub of activity and has been a popular Brisbane dining spot for years. 

For public transport information about getting to the store please visit the Translink website at

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Mary Ryan's - Milton

40 Park Rd, Milton

ph: +617 3510 5000
fax: +617 3510 5050

Opening hours:

Mon - Wed 6am - 6pm

Thurs 6am - 8pm

Fri 6am - 6pm

Sat 6am - 5pm

Sun 7am - 5pm

Public Hols 7am - 4pm