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.


Best books for July 2020





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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