Jeffreys Books in Glenferrie Road, Malvern was my refuge as a child.

While other kids were sinking their hard earned pocket money into whatever it was that other kids were buying in the 1980s, I was investing in books from Jeffreys. I still have half a shelf’s worth of dog-eared Penguin Classics I bought there, not to mention a stack of the Tintin books that fuelled my obsession with the Middle East. Yet to encounter a real-life Captain Haddock, though.

And now… and now… The Emerald Tablet is on the shelves at Jeffreys. Never saw that one coming.

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