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General News


Mary Ryan's Milton is seeking a permanent part-time employee to start immediately. Experience within a bookshop environment is preferred. The ideal candidate must be flexible with availability, and willing to work early morning and weekend shifts on an ongoing basis. Please email your application to, or feel free to drop in your application to 40 Park Rd, Milton.



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 reedeemable 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 be offering 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 in store daily.

Take advantage of our new 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 6pm

(Limited vacancies available for each group).

Not only is it free to join 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:

May We Be Forgiven (A. M. Homes) — recommended by Amy

Golden Boy (Abigail Tarttelin) — recommended by Kirsty-Lee

Non-fiction: Running with the Blood God (Matthew Thompson) — recommended by Kirsty-Lee

Crime: Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) — recommended by Raffi

Gift book: 365 Gratefuls: Celebrating Treasures, Big and Small (Hailey & Andrew Bartholomew)   

Children's: Funky Chicken (Chris Collin)   

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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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

Save with Jamie, by Jamie Oliver

Reviewed by Izzy Walton of

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Another Jamie Oliver cookbook. I admire Jamie Oliver, especially his own personal journey with cooking. He's been in front of the camera from such a young age and it's inspiring to see his transformation from young lad chef to chef-with-a-conscience, doing what he can with his talent to change our food ways. 

Wastage is/was a big part of our household and many households of western society. You buy your fresh veggies, keep them in the fridge, and if they are not eaten by bin collection day the following week, out they go. Besides the money going down the drain, food wastage is a serious developed world problem. I'm so glad that Jamie has brought it to our attention in simple, easy recipes that even the most novice cook can aspire to. At the front of Save with Jamie you will find 12 pages on how to shop smarter, including things that can be frozen, what you should and shouldn't have in your fridge on a regular basis, essential ingredients for your cupboard, and even how to shop for bargains in the supermarket. 

I started off with the Mothership Chicken Roast, which went down a treat! I usually chuck the chicken bones out afterwards, but kept them to make the most amazing chicken stock for future recipes (freezes well!). The book has a dedicated section for leftover recipes — brilliant! 

Another great tip is freezing fruit! I have been guilty of throwing out fruit going bad on many occasions. Jamie’s got great tips to freeze fruit and make smoothies and icy poles.  Also blackened bananas make the best banana cake.

Back to the book — it really is a 'must have' on your kitchen shelf. Its easy layout makes it a great Christmas gift for all types of cooks — beginner to experienced.  With a family of five to feed I am conscious about food and money wastage in the household and find his recipes and tips simple to execute! Another win for Jamie! 


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