Welcome to Better Read Than Dead

For nearly two decades Better Read Than Dead bookshop has thrived in the heart of Newtown's King Street, which houses a vibrant community and offers one of the most eclectic shopping experiences in Sydney. Our shop is a literary landmark that nourishes the neighbourhood's intellectual dynamics with a specially curated collection of books and regular author and community events.

BRTD Bookshop

Better Read Than Dead's impressive contemporary space, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and sky-lit mezzanine level create an inviting respite from the busy street and we welcome browsers, advice-seekers and anyone who values a good old-fashioned book chat.  We pride ourselves on the quality and specialised knowledge of our booksellers. Our staff's collective decades of bookselling experience, diverse tastes and deep love of reading means that we are able to provide our customers with individualised service and a unique range of titles.

Lonely Planet has acknowledged our commitment to readers, writers and the local community by naming us their "favourite Sydney Bookshop." Pop by the store next time you're in Newtown and find out why.


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Better Read Kids

Jan is our specialist children's buyer. For more information please visit Better Read Kids website.

Our forthcoming schools program is about to be released - watch this space!



Interested in joining a book club?

We have a number of exciting book clubs every month at Better Read Than Dead - there's something for everyone. 
All of our book clubs meet once a month, upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, unlesss otherwise stated. Please RSVP via our events website. 


Our current book clubs are: 


The Mysterious Book Society - Primary School Students


The Mysterious Book Society was named after The Mysterious Benedict Society, one of our all time favourite kids series! It is a book club that meets once a month for kids in years 3-6.

First Tuesday of the Month @ 4pm


Miss Peregrine's Young Adult Book Club - High School Students

All high school book fanatics and avid readers are welcome at this book club dedicated to discovering the next juicy young adult read! Join us YA Book Club on the second Tuesday of each month. #ireadya

Second Tuesday of each month @ 4.30pm



The Jane Austen Book Club


Better Read Classics Book Club, "The Jane Austen Book Club" is an ode to Austen and other timeless authors. Starting with renowned favourite Pride and Prejudice, each month we will discuss a different classic novel and what it is about them that makes us swoon!

Second Tuesday of each month @ 6.30pm



Better Reader Book Club


The Better Reader Book Club reads a little bit of everything; from new releases to lesser known classics, from contemporary fiction to short story collections to crime and science fiction. We offer a 10% discount to interested book clubbers purchasing the selected book leading up to each month's meeting, and of course there will be wine and nibbles for our Better Readers! All are welcome. Simply email us at books@betterread.com.au or join the Better Reader Book Club Facebook group here for regular updates.


Third Tuesday of each month @ 6.30pm.


Bad Women Book Club


Female characters are often labelled "unlikable" or "problematic" - purely for being three-dimensional. The Bad Women Book Club will meet once a month to dissect a different book with a female character deemed difficult at the centre. Join us for a bad, bad time. Everyone is welcome and the book club will be hosted by author Lauren Sams.

Third Wednesday of the month @ 6.30pm


Other Worlds Book Club


Better Read's Other Worlds Book Club is named after Margaret Atwood's essay collection, which maps the richly fertile crosscurrents of speculative and science fiction, slipstream, utopias and dystopias, and fantasy, and muses on their roots in the age-old human impulse to imagine new worlds.

First Tuesday of the Month @ 6.30pm


Joie de Lire Book Club


Joie de Lire Book Club will explore both classic and contemporary works of fiction by French authors as well as those which deal with France and its culture. This will include a mixture of philosophical works, poetry, and novels that provide an insight into the charming world of France and its intellectuals. Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 6:30pm.

Fourth Tuesday of the Month @ 6:30pm



Inqueering Minds Book Club


Inqueering Minds Book Club will explore the beauty and complexity of LGBTQI+ literature through time. The books each provide but a small glimpse into a rich world of queer perspectives; perspectives that have continually pushed boundaries, imagined new futures, and insisted on the potentiality and concrete possibility of another world.

Fourth Wednesday of the Month @ 6.30pm


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