General News

Our heaters are out and warming our cafe patrons as they enjoy their hot chocolates and lattes in Toowoomba's beautiful winter weather.

We have all the childrens book council shortlist books avaliable instore now, which include picture books, early childhood, older readers and younger readers to name a few.

The ABC has released the new Francesco's ITALY - Top To Toe. Francesco explores Italy's well-known treasures as well as its secret side: a visit to Romeo and Juliet's balcony in Verona Follows a trip to the Fiat Factory in Turin and much more.


Come celebrate the 50 Books You Can't Put Down with us. Purchase any of the 50 books and recieve a choice between 2 exclusive free books - '10 short stories you must read in 2010' includes short stories by Maggie Alderson, Georgia Blain, Mark Dapin, Nick Earls, Alex Miller, Judy Nunn, Malla Nunn, Craig Silvey, Rachael Treasure and Christos Tsiolkas - its not to be missed. The other give away book choice is a childrens novel written by Morris Glitzman which is always a favourite with the kids!


Our Bookclub meets every month on the 1st or 2nd Tuesday at 7pm. Some of the titles we have really enjoyed this year so far, are  'Kindling' by Darren Groth, 'The Postmistress', 'The Surrendered" and 'A Fortunate Life'.  One of the great things about our bookclub is the diversity of our members, which allows us all to be introduced to books we may never choose to read ourselves. We get to enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee from the cafe with a delicious cake or biscuit while we discuss and chat about our great reads and love of books.

If you would like more details on how to be a part of our bookclub, please call Leanne at the store on 46320800 or email to






SPRING into Mary Ryans this month

Staff Book Suggestions

Rare & Curious: The Secret History of Governor MacQuarie’s Collector’s Chest

                                           By Elizabeth Ellis


I heard the Author talking about this book recently on ABC radio. It sounded quite fascinating and I decided I would really like to read it. The book itself is presented in a very unique & stylish way – representing one of the ‘drawers’ from the chest itself. Elizabeth Ellis has richly illustrated the book with photos from the collections of birds, insects, shells etc contained in the 2 chests central to this history and she has covered the intriguing stories that surround these 2 wooden cabinets – one created around 1818 for Governor Lachlan MacQuarie that had been taken to the United Kingdom in 1822 and then sat forgotten in a Scottish castle until the late 1970’s. The second is it’s twin, the Dixson Galleries Collector’s Chest, bought by the Mitchell Library of  NSW in 1937. The book is full of fascinating detailed investigating, and provides a glimpse into life in early settlement, the lives of convict artists & craftsmen who worked on the chests and the development of skilled labour under MacQuarie. Fascinating, five stars.


Review by Bill Atkinson


Bruno Chief of Police

By Martin Walker


I’ve never read a crime novel before, but I had good advice that this story would be gentle enough for me, and it was perfect! Set in the Dordogne region of France, the story is as much about a small delightful French village, their wonderful food, wine & gardens as it is about the shocking crime that has occurred amongst their own. Bruno is the dashing French policeman of the town of St Denis (he previously served in the French Army in Bosnia) and he deftly twirls a fry pan with sizzling butter, fresh garlic, whipped eggs whilst tossing in his thinly sliced truffle from his own “enclose”, as he manages to conduct a vital meeting with St Denis’s most important community leaders narrowing down likely suspects, before serving them his ‘simple’ lunch with a crusty country loaf & a St Emilion ’98 to wash it down. It was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time & leaves me hankering to produce my own self-sufficient garden, have cupboards full of preserved fruits, my own pate de foie gras & cheese to share with my neighbours, who I could pop in on daily with my own bottled wine whilst solving any murders that may have occurred, quicker than you can say Agatha Christie. Merci!


Review by Leanne Grundon

Location - Toowoomba

Toowoomba has all the benefits of urban living without any of the big-city 'hassles'. Enjoy the best of both worlds, with relaxed lifestyle and family-friendly atmosphere, as well as easy access to the bright lights of Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Imagine affordable housing, comprehensive private and state educational options, an extensive health support network and excellent recreational facilities. Toowoomba also has a rich heritage and culture and features an eclectic mix of casual and metropolitan style cafes, with superb award-winning fine dining.

Excellent shopping facilities, local boutique wineries and antique outlets throughout the city provide the creature comforts of urban life with the charm of a regional city. This is why Toowoomba is a great choice for people wanting to escape the pressures of big city life, while still pursuing their career goals.

Toowoomba truly has something to offer everyone. So take your time to look around and you'll soon find out that there's more to this 'Garden City' than meets the eye...

Map data �2009 MapData Sciences Pty Ltd, PSMA - Terms of Use


Mary Ryan's - Toowoomba

Ruthven St, Toowoomba
ph: +617 4632 0800
fax: +617 4639 5350

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00-5:30
Sat 8:00-4:00
Sun 10:00-4:00
Public Holidays 9:00-5:00