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From the team at Marsden Books

To all our wonderful customers, thank you for your continued support and for buying local this year  – we really appreciate it!  We have some exciting changes coming in 2021 with a new website enabling online purchases and click and collect options.  But don’t worry, we will still have the same helpful face to face service if you prefer to come in for a chat!

Up until Christmas Day, we will be open every day and will close at 4 pm on Christmas Eve.

From Christmas Day until Wellington Anniversary weekend we will be open 10–4 Monday to Friday and 10–2 on Saturdays for all your summer reading needs.

We will be closed on all Public Holidays.

Thanks again for all your support – we hope you all have a merry Christmas and a safe book filled summer break!

Briony & the Marsden Books team.


Thank you

A very huge thank you to all the wonderful customers who have made me feel so welcome since taking over this fantastic little community business from Anna back in August. And a very special thank you to Anna, who has made the transition so easy and enjoyable for me and my family. The staff in the shop; Heather, Anne, Pip, Beatrice, Charlotte and Emily have also made me feel very welcome. It’s been a steep learning curve but I am having a lot of fun!

Christmas is coming fast and we have a lot of amazing and inspiring books in stock and we are receiving more weekly. However, with postal times varying at present, we recommend that customers prepare early for Christmas this year. We will be extending our opening hours to include Sundays from late November and you can follow all the latest listing and opening hours on our Facebook page.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Two adults and two children in a bookstore.

Briony and her family in the shop.


Marsden Books Special Newsletter August 2020

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Briony Hogg will become the new owner of Marsden Books from August 24th.

Briony lives in Karori, is married to David and has two children, Oliver and Emily.

Briony will bring her passion, commitment and enthusiasm to continue the service Marsden Books provides to the community.

Our loyal and hardworking team will continue to work at the shop and support Briony in her new venture.

I will remain at the shop for a couple of months, in an advisory role to help Briony with the transition.

It has been a wonderful part of my life and I have loved being part of such a supportive community over the years. It is you customers who make a shop successful and your support has made this possible. I will miss you all very much and wish you all the best for the future.

Marsden Books really is an oasis for booklovers of all ages and thanks to Briony will continue to be so for many years to come.

Anna Hunt


Marsden Books Level 2

We are open.

If you have the Covid App zap it at door or inside.

Please observe social distancing while in the shop.

Please use hand sanitiser if handling books.

You may be asked to stay out of the shop and wait if there are too many customers.

It is preferable if you limit the time you spend here to about 20 minutes if possible.

Let’s all make this work.


June 2020: Level 1 update

Marsden Books is happy to say we’re open as usual. We’re looking forward to seeing you again!


May 2020: Level 2 update

COVID-19 Level 2 update

Marsden Books is open while New Zealand is in Level 2. We ask you to maintain distancing while browsing.

Our current hours are:
Monday to Friday, 9 am–5 pm
Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Thank you for your support and look after yourselves.


April 2020: Level 3 Update

Marsden Books Covid-19 Information

You will all have been aware that we have been closed during Level 4. This is a message to explain how Level 3 will work for us. We remain closed but someone will be here to answer your queries during the times stated below. We have missed you all and know it has been difficult for you to look in the shop window and see so many lonely books waiting to be bought and shared. We look forward to being open in the near future so that you can peruse the shelves once again.

Marsden Books at Level 3

We are pleased to be able to offer a contactless delivery service. We know you have missed your books.

Here’s how it will work:

➡️ You need to either email us with your requests ( OR telephone the shop on weekdays between 10 am and 1 pm (04 476 8066). Always include your address and phone number in your emails, please. No Facebook messages thanks. You can email from now but no phone calls until Tuesday 28 April thanks.

➡️ We will hand-deliver to Karori, Northland, Wilton and Kelburn for FREE on Tuesdays and Fridays, commencing Tuesday 28 April.

➡️ We can courier all other requests around Wellington and NZ for a flat rate of $10. Please manage your expectations regarding courier deliveries. We have been told that they expect to be very busy and there will be significant delays.

➡️ We will include an invoice with delivery for online payment.

NZ Post: Marsden Books will not be able to offer services for NZ Post under Level 3.

Thank you for your support.


March 2020: Level 4 update

Marsden Books will be closed due to New Zealand’s Level 4 status.

We will open again when the level has changed and we’ve been advised we are able to.

Thank you for your support and look after yourselves. 


Marsden Books Newsletter – February 2020

A New Year and a new decade and there are still so many good books being published.

How fortunate we are that there are so many dedicated authors bringing such richness into our lives via the written page. It is also rewarding for us to see children of all ages coming into the shop excited and enthusiastic about books.

At the beginning of each month, Claire runs our little bookclub at the bookshop on a Saturday afternoon from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. If you have a young family member keen to join let Claire know by email

We have been supporting the RNZ Concert on Radio NZ for quite some time so we’re very relieved that a decision has been made to save it in the meantime. This essential and wonderful service is treasured by many listeners and needs protecting in the future.

NZ Post:
For the foreseeable future, NZ Post is not sending or receiving post from Mainland China.
Express documents can still be sent to some of the main cities.

Festival of the Arts Writers:
Raj Chakraborti is talking to Lyn Freeman at the festival about his newly published novel Shakti.
We have plenty of signed copies in the shop.

We have copies of the Writers programme for the Festival available for you to peruse. There are many wonderful events to attend over the three week period, and we have books here by many of the writers involved.


Friday, 3 April, 6 pm: We are launching The Night of All Souls by Philippa Swan. We are thrilled to be hosting this special event for Philippa whose first book, Life and Death in a Small City Garden was also launched here in 2001.
Please RSVP to by 1 April.

Wednesday, 15 April, 6 pm: We are hosting an evening with  Barbara Ewing who is publishing her memoir, One Minute Crying Time. Please join us for a glass of wine and a chance to hear Barbara speak about her experiences growing up in
New Zealand in the 1950s.
Please RSVP to by 14 April.

Closed:  Good Friday
Open:     Easter Saturday
Closed:  Sunday, Monday

Happy reading from the team at Marsden Books.

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Marsden Books Newsletter November 2019

Marsden Books Newsletter November 2019
Welcome to the last newsletter of the year as we head towards Christmas and the holidays. We have had a busy month with launches and it has been rewarding championing local authors telling New Zealand stories. There are so many good New Zealand books for children and adults available now and we will be suggesting many of them as wonderful Christmas gifts this year.

NZ Post: the dates for Christmas posting overseas are as follows:

Airmail:  Rest of the World     29/11
                UK and Europe         2/12
                Australia                    4/12

Courier:  Rest of World            6/12
                Uk and Europe          9/12
                Australia                   11/01

Favourite Books: We have a list of our favourite books for you to peruse attached to the newsletter. Our Facebook page. keeps you up to date on the latest books we are recommending.

Late NightThursday December 5th 6pm to 8pm for those of you who would like to join us for a glass of wine and a chance to shop after work or after the children are in bed.

Christmas and Holiday Hours
Sundays: We shall be open on Sundays from 1 December until Christmas. 11–3.Holiday Hours

CLOSED: Christmas Day and Boxing Day
OPEN: Friday 27 Dec, 9 to 5, Saturday 28 Dec, 10–2
CLOSED: Jan 1–2
OPEN: Friday 3 Jan 9–5, Saturday 4 Jan, 10–2
January hours will be 9–5 until January 31st.

Thank you for your support this year. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and safe and relaxing holidays.

From the team at Marsden Books, Anna, Pip, Heather, Anne, Beatrice, Megan, Charlotte and Emily.

Favourite Books

The Weekend, by Charlotte Wood
Olive, Again, by Elizabeth Strout
Silver, by Chris Hammer
The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
Never Have I ever, by Joshilyn Jackson
Pūrākau, Māori Myths Retold, edited by Witi Ihimaera and Whiti Hereaka

Non Fiction
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb
Underland, by Robert MacFarlane
Let Me Be Frank, by Sarah Laing
Travel Light, Move fast, by Alexandra Fuller
Zealandia, the valley that changed a nation, by Jim Lynch
Book Of Knowing, by Gwendoline Smith

Tohorā, by Ned Barraud
The Gobbledegook Book, by Joy Cowley
Two For Me, One For You, by Jörg Mühle
Wildlife of Aotearoa, by Gavin Bishop
Cleo and Rob, by Helen Brown
Oliver goes to Stephens Island Lighthouse, by Grant Sheehan.

NZ Post: On July 1st there are price increases on some NZ Post services:

  • Stamps:  A medium letter posted within NZ is now $1.30, a larger letter $2.60 and oversize $3.90.
  • If you still have Kiwi stamps they can be used without adding additional post.
  • Overseas Postage for Medium letters is now $2.60 for Australia and $3.30 for Rest of the World.
  • Rural Delivery: this is now $3.90 for every parcel sent to an R.D. address.
  • All international postal rates have increased.
  • International and Express Courier: This is the only method for sending a parcel tracked overseas.
  • There are now more stringent regulations when using courier services overseas which take longer to complete. This means there may be delays while we prepare all the documentation required.
  • All UK passport applications and legal documents must be sent by Express courier now.


NZ Childrens Book Award Finalists: We have a display of these books in the shop at the moment and there are some strong contenders in all categories. Belinda has been highlighting many of the books on our Facebook page.

117 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton: This will be in store on 23 July.

The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood will be a new release in September. It will be in hardback at $48.

My First Words in Maori by Stacey Morrison: Her new picture book for children will be available in September to coincide with Maori Language Week 9–15 September. There will be a free set of flashcards with early purchases of the book.

Aroha’s Way by Craig Phillips is a lovely picture book for children about emotions. It has proved so popular it is now not available again until August.

So much to look forward to apart from the NZ Post increases!

Happy Reading from the team at Marsden Books.

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