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Pre-Order Offer: The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton

Imprints Booksellers - Saturday, February 10, 2018



If you like Tim Winton, you'll love this! Pre-order and pay for his new novel, The Shepherd's Hut, for the chance to win a selection of new books courtesy of the masterful storytellers at Penguin/Random House. Best of all, you'll secure the special pre-order price of $29.99 (a saving of $10!).

Read more about The Shepherd's Hut and pre-order your copy locally right here.

This offer ends 28 February, 2018. Stock due in store 12 March, 2018.

The Shepherd’s Hut is an urgent masterpiece, a rifle-shot of a novel – crisp, fast, shocking.





Holiday Trading Hours and Christmas Deliveries

Imprints Booksellers - Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Season's Readings from your local indie bookseller

Dear readers,

This is just a quick note to let you know that as of today, Tuesday 12 December, 2017, we can no longer guarantee Australia Post deliveries prior to the Christmas public holidays. We still offer free in store collection on every online order and will continue to process orders right through until Christmas Eve. If you have any questions about an order you've placed, please call us on (08) 8231 4454 to check the status.

In our final message of the year, we'd like to thank you for the immense support you've given us throughout 2017. From a record-breaking Love Your Bookshop Day, to book signings with some of Australia's leading thinkers and cultural icons, the success of the past year is evidence of what we can achieve with a passionate community behind us.

With every book you purchase, every event you attend, and each new friend you introduce to your favourite local bookshop, you help to strengthen the culture of independent bookselling here in Adelaide. With the recent launch of an online retail giant upon our shores, we expect competition to be fierce in 2018. But we're confident that there remains a place for independent bookshops in Australia’s cultural landscape, because we offer something no online retailer can: air-conditioning.

In all seriousness though, thanks for everything you do to help us grow. We simply would not be here without you, and we look forward to plying you with reading material, impulse purchases, and unsolicited advice for many years to come.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous Christmas and New Year,

Jason, Katherine & Kara

Our 2017 Summer Reading Guide is out now

Imprints Booksellers - Saturday, December 02, 2017

Our Summer Reading Guide is your essential guide to the season's best new releases, gift ideas and holiday reading!

Poet tea: organic, ethically sourced and in store now

Imprints Booksellers - Friday, June 16, 2017

According to Calvin and Hobbes, 'rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.' While we can't get you out of work, we can help with the books and tea.

We're pleased to welcome the complete range of organic Poet teas from the makers of Womankind and New Philosopher magazines. Available in ten fragrant varieties in both loose leaf and pyramid sachets, these ethically sourced Sri Lankan teas are presented in a beautiful keepsake tin.

Click the varieties below to read more about each fragrant blend, from bold English Breakfast to delicate Green Rose. Prices range from $18.95 to $22.95. Available in store & online now.


 Octave Black loose leaf or pyramid sachets 

 Ode Oolong loose leaf or pyramid sachets 

 Accent Orange loose leaf or pyramid sachets 

 Quatrain Black loose leaf or pyramid sachets 

 English Breakfast loose leaf or pyramid sachets 

 Earl Grey loose leaf or pyramid sachets 

 Chai loose leaf or pyramid sachets 

 Mint Green loose leaf or pyramid sachets 

 Green Rose loose leaf or pyramid sachets 

 Chamomile loose leaf or pyramid sachets 



Short Books on Big Subjects

Imprints Booksellers - Friday, June 09, 2017

This June, Vintage has launched a new range of short books on big subjects.
The twenty launch titles in the Vintage Minis series bring essential reading from the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. These stylish, entertaining, little books explore the whole spectrum of life – from birth to death, and everything in between.

Click the titles below to read more about each volume in the Vintage Minis series - $7.99 each, available in store & online now.


Desire by Haruki Murakami

Love by Jeanette Winterson

Babies by Anne Enright

Language by Xiaolu Guo

Summer by Laurie Lee

Sisters by Louisa May Alcott

Home by Salman Rushdie

Race by Toni Morrison

Liberty by Virginia Woolf

Drinking by John Cheever

Calm by Tim Parks

Swimming by Roger Deakin 

Work by Joseph Heller

Fatherhood by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Jealousy by Marcel Proust

Psychedelics by Aldous Huxley

Motherhood by Helen Simpson

Death by Julian Barnes

Depression by Willian Styron

Eating by Nigella Lawson




Season's readings from your local indie booksellers!

Imprints Booksellers - Thursday, December 22, 2016





Our Summer Reading Guide is available now!

Imprints Booksellers - Friday, November 18, 2016

Join History SA and Imprints Booksellers for a special Talking History event

Imprints Booksellers - Friday, October 21, 2016

'Out of the Ivory Tower: ways of telling history' with Nick Brodie and Kiera Lindsey

Historians Dr Nick Brodie and Dr Kiera Lindsey have found popular success with their recent books on forgotten or little-known happenings from Australia's past. Brodie’s latest book, 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia's Beginnings, challenges our national understanding of the ‘discovery’ of the continent, while Lindsey's compelling tale, The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony, recounts a meticulously researched story from the author’s own family. Join us, as these two rising stars of Australian history share their secrets in a special Talking History event:

Monday 24 October 5.30 for 6pm-7.30pm
Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground
Onsite parking (entrance off Victoria Drive)
Admission is FREE but registrations required
Reserve your free ticket





The Adelaide Festival of Ideas | 21-23 October, 2016

Imprints Booksellers - Monday, October 17, 2016

The Adelaide Festival of Ideas returns this weekend with around 70 thinkers tackling topics ranging from the precarious future of the world's citrus industry to contemporary challenges facing democracy and human rights. The vast majority of sessions are free though a few highlights are worth shelling out the modest ticket price. In particular, we recommend Erin Brockovich in conversation with Phillip Adams and a special session celebrating poetry, music and story telling on the theme of Home. You can find details of speakers, events and sessions online or collect your old fashioned paper-and-ink program in store. This year, as in years past, Imprints Booksellers are pleased to partner with the festival as its official bookseller. You'll find us hosting a pop-up bookshop in the AFoI marquee, located near Elder and Bonython Halls. We hope to see you there!

Warming Winter Reads - June 2016

Imprints Booksellers - Monday, June 20, 2016


Is there a better remedy against the winter months than hot tea and good books? C.S. Lewis thought not:

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough
or a book long enough to suit me.”

With rain drumming against the windows and the heat set to high, we've put together a selection of reading suggestions to spark your curiosity and ignite your imagination. New offerings from Lionel Shriver, Ellen Van Neerven, Lindy West, Edward O. Wilson and more promise something for everyone at Imprints Booksellers but, sadly, tea is not included. Best to brew your own, we think. In the mean time, happy winter reading!

Upstairs at the Strand: Writers in Conversation at the Legendary Bookstore

edited by Jessica Strand and Andrea Aguilar, Paperback, $22.99

Based on a series of talks pairing writers of note at NYC’s beloved bookstore, Upstairs at the Strand offers candid and behind-the-scenes accounts of the ways leading writers work, think, and live. The book features such celebrated novelists, playwrights, and poets as Martin Amis, Paul Auster, Renata Adler, Patti Smith, and Mark Strand, as well as contemporary stars such as Alison Bechdel, Junot Díaz, and Téa Obreht.

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

by Neil Gaiman, Paperback, $29.99

The View from the Cheap Seats draws together, for the first time ever, a myriad of non-fiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech he gave at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett, Lou Reed and Ray Bradbury, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.

The Gustav Sonata

by Rose Tremain, Paperback, $29.99

Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender – and spanning the twentieth century – Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel tells  the story of Gustav Perle who grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem like far-off concerns. Exploring themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness, The Gustav Sonata is a testament to the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime.

The American People: Volume 1 - Search for My Heart

by Larry Kramer, Paperback, $36.99

Forty years in the making, The American People sets forth Larry Kramer's reimagined vision of his homeland's history. This is the story of one nation under a plague, contaminated by greed, hate, and disease and host to transcendent acts of courage and kindness. Volume One of this remarkable opus is a work of ribald satire, prophetic outrage, and dazzling imagination. It is an encyclopedic indictment, written with outrageous love and a sharp eye for the pitfalls of contemporary American culture.

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

by Agnes Martin-Lugand, Paperback, $27.99

Diane has a charmed life as a wife, a mother and the owner of a literary café in Paris until a tragic accident claims the lives of her husband and daughter. Trapped and haunted by her memories, Diane withdraws from friends and family, unable and unwilling to move forward. But, one year on, Diane shocks her loved ones by leaving Paris to move to a small town on the Irish coast to rebuild her life alone. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Happy People Read and Drink Coffee is the inspirational story of a woman finding new meaning in the wake of devastating loss.

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