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Seeking wisdom or inspiration on the streets of Melbourne? Look no further than our libraries.

To help you find your next page-turner, simply ask one of our passionate librarians, or tune in to their popular podcasts: Dear Reader and Desert Island Books.

Here are five of their top tips for books to borrow that are set in Melbourne.

Monkey Grip by Helen Garner book cover
Monkey Grip
by Helen Garner

Helen Garner’s 1977 debut novel is a beautifully told tale of love and obsession among the creative folks who inhabit the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne in the 1970s.

Cairo by Chris Womersley book cover
by Chris Womersley

Young Tom finds himself swept up in the infamous theft of Picasso’s Weeping Woman from the National Gallery of Victoria. A rich imagining of a crime that remains unsolved to this day.

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A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne
by Robyn Annear

The demolition firm of Whelan the Wrecker was a Melbourne institution for a hundred years. Peer through the rubble to uncover stories about Melbourne’s lost history.


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Holding the Man
by Timothy Conigrave

At a Catholic all-boys school in Melbourne, one boy falls in love with the captain of the football team. What follows is a lifetime of love, passion and heartbreak.


Ghost River by Tony Birch book coverGhost River
by Tony Birch

The Yarra River is a place for adventure and escapades for Ren and Sonny, 12-year-olds coming of age at a time when development is changing both sides of the river. Set in the 1960s.

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