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The Last Bookshop

Written by Emma Young


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Cait Copper’s best friends have always been books – along with the rare souls who love them as much as she does, like the grandmotherly June. When Cait set up her shop, Book Fiend, right in the heart of the city, she thought she’d skipped straight to ‘happily ever after’. But things are changing, and fast. June’s sudden interest in Cait’s lacklustre love life and the appearance of the handsome ‘Mystery Shopper’ force her to concede there might be more to happiness than her shop and her cat. The city is transforming, with luxury chain stores circling Book Fiend’s prime location. And meanwhile, a far more personal tragedy is brewing. Soon Cait is questioning not only the viability of the shop, but the life she’s shaped around it. An unlikely band of allies is determined she won’t face these questions alone; but is a love of books enough to halt the march of progress and time?


‘An entertaining, heartwarming story that captures our love of books
and bookshops.’ Liz Byrski

'There is a little bit of something for everyone in The Last Bookshop, from romance to pathos … it is a delight.' The AU Review

'… a gently optimistic novel that celebrates both the joys of reading and the ways it can bring people together.' The Weekend West

'Tissues may be required, but this novel will undoubtedly leave your heart warmed and inspired.' Booklover Book Reviews

'Emma Young’s debut novel is for anyone who has ever worked in customer service and thought “these stories should be in a book”.' Perth Now

'There is much more to the novel than a plea, however justified, for physical bookshops; there is a charming and heartfelt story of love, growth, loss, betrayal and the kind of keen world-observation that you get only from someone whose life of wide reading has deepened their understanding of the layered complexities of the human condition.' The Sydney Morning Herald 

'… a heart-warming read about the connections people make through the books they read and the power of local communities to save the places that matter most.' The Nerd Daily

'The Last Bookshop is the debut novel of bookseller-turned-author Emma Young, who has used her years of experience to craft a heartwarming story of love, family and, of course, how important bookshops are to us.' Good Reading

'Emma Young’s knowledge of literature wafts through this story of love, loss and loneliness like a warm breeze, reminding us that stories can help heal.' Australian Women's Weekly

'This is a beautifully written heartwarming book with wonderful three-dimensional characters …' Beauty and Lace

'The Last Bookshop is a gem of a book, and indeed a book for all book lovers.' Jason, 5 Stars, Better Reading

'… sweet and wholesome entertainment for those who, like Cait, simply love creative printed matter.' Weekend Australian

'A most captivating and congenial read from a debut author.' Arts Hub


Fogarty Literary Award (Shortlisted 2019)

ISBN 9781925816303 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories Winter Warmers
Book Club Reads
New Releases
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 3rd
Publication Year 2021
Pages 256
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    Emma Young

    After five years in bookselling, Emma retrained as a journalist and has been reporting since 2011: first for community papers, then as a statewide digital journalist for WAtoday. Her work also regularly appears in sister publications the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. The Last Bookshop was shortlisted for the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award in 2019. Read more