It’s the end of an era for a Brisbane book store closing its doors for the final time today. Boswells Books has been an Ashgrove institution for more than 50 years.

Liam Lo Grande reports.


It’s the final chapter of a long running story.

Vox 1: “It’s really sad, they’ve got a lot of good books here.”

Vox 2: “It’s such a shame, it’s been here for so long.”

After more than five decades of trading Boswells Books has reached the end of its tale.

Kay Dallow, Owner: “We figured it was time really for us to retire when we were heading to the point where we were working towards paying bills.”

The rise in online sales simply too much to handle.

Campbell Burrows, Owner’s Grandson: “Services like Amazon where they get brand new books for a dollar, that’s something we can’t compete with and one can really compete with.”

Though, there is a happy ending.

Leftover books will be donated to aged care homes and charities.

Kay Dallow, Owner: “We’ve always done it so I figured, you know, whatever was left they’re welcome to come and get it.”

While another page has been torn out of the book of Brisbane’s history, the owners have already written their next chapter.

Kay Dallow, Owner: “We’re gonna have a rest, sit around and look at the garden for a while and then we’re going fishing.”

Liam Lo Grande, QUT News.