Abbey’s Bookshop is on Bastille Festival !
Abbey’s Bookshop was established in Sydney in 1968 by Ron and Eve Abbey at 115 Pitt Street, relocating one year later to Sydney’s historic Queen Victoria Building. From that time, Abbey’s Bookshop has long been Sydney’s gem for book lovers.
Tucked behind the Queen Victoria Building, Abbey’s Bookshop at 131 York Street has become an institution among readers and seekers of knowledge looking for those hard to find books. The bookshop remains a favourite of many of Australia’s academics and authors, politicians and lawmakers.
It’s a ‘must’ if your interests are in history, science, crime fiction or literature. And more treasures lie upstairs – thousands of fantasy and science fiction books in our Galaxy Bookshop, plus an enormous range of fiction in other languages within our Language Book Centre.
Abbey’s Bookshops comprises: Abbey’s Bookshop, Galaxy Bookshop and Language Book Centre.
Independent booksellers in Sydney since 1968, we have built a strong reputation for providing a great range of books, together with friendly, knowledgeable service.
In 1983, the restoration of the QVB heralded a move to 66 King Street, where the company already operated Penguin Bookshop (since 1977) and Oxford and Cambridge Bookshop (since 1978), specialising in the books of those publishers.
In 1986, all 3 shops moved to their current premises at 131 York Street, opposite the QVB and only 100 metres from Town Hall Railway Station.
Galaxy Bookshop – specialising in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror – was opened in 1975 at 106a Bathurst Street, moving to larger premises 10 years later at 203b Castlereagh Street. In 1993, the shop relocated to 222 Clarence Street, immediately behind Abbey’s in York Street. In 2002, the shop relocated to 143 York Street, a few doors down from Abbey’s. And in June 2011 Galaxy moved to the floor above Abbey’s, the first floor of 131 York Street, sharing the space with Language Book Centre.
The Language Book Centre was opened in 1976 at 127 York Street, moving in 1986 to the first floor of 131 York Street, above Abbey’s.
Other shops operated in Sydney by the company have included Henry Lawson’s Bookshop, City Lights Bookshop, Centrepoint Bookshop, Tank Stream Bookshop, Bargain Bookshop and Budget Bookshop.
In 1994, Ron Abbey retired from the business, with Eve Abbey, Jack Winning and Peter Milne remaining as shareholders. Following the retirement of Jack and Peter in 2008 and 2011 respectively, Eve Abbey became the sole shareholder, with her son Alan as managing director and David Hall as shop manager.
Abbey’s Bookshop really is an Aladdin’s cave for readers and is now on BASTILLE FESTIVAL, Circular Quay Sydney for four days on 13,14,15 and 16 July 2017 with a range of French and French Culture Books.