The best stories and knowledge are often hidden.
Snailfish is dedicated to finding them, so you can find them aswell...
Snailfish is an independent bookstore providing curated classical and contemporary literature. We hand-pick our stock, sorting through hundreds of second-hand books to collect the most moving and meaningful books for our library.
Major retail bookstores have come to dominate the landscape of books in Melbourne. Australian independent bookstores have been severely challenged by the consumer market, but there is always space for a novel approach.
Snailfish is dedicated to helping reduce the huge amount of waste in this industry, re-commercing books dramatically increases their lifespan and saves them from ending up in landfill. From the millions of books that go into landfill each year, Snailfish hopes to divert them back into the hands of people that will appreciate them.
Snailfish is dedicated to empowering the voices of historically oppressed writers, giving platform to all intersectionalities that have had their voices suppressed and or censored. Snailfish upholds the rights of all voices and is particularly interested in revealing the wealth of writing that these censored voices have toiled to get into print. Snailfish is dedicated to the strange and fascinating, but particularly to creating a space in which these voices can be heard.
Snailfish has a large collection of art books, photography and graphical print. We are inspired by classical and contemporary visual artists and are proud to display a large collection of very diverse interests.
Our collection follows as many movements, classical and modern, that we can find. With a large collection of old classics that still hold mystery, to surreal and lucid post-modern fiction. We enjoy narrative from its peaceful and heartwarming to its ghastly and contemptful.
Snailfish holds politics as one of its most meaningful genres. Cultivating as much political literature as we can find, our shelves are stocked with controversial and heroic accounts, theories and memoir from renowned, loved and besieged voices.
With dedicated sections on Political theory, Journalism and Feminism, our collection covers a broad spectrum of topic and debate.
Retail art books run expensive these days. For all the emerging artists or enthusiasts we offer hard to find print at second hand prices.
Fiction being the mostly widely read and extensively broad aspect of writing, we offer a large collection of theater and poetry along with comic and graphic novel.
Alongside current affairs and politics, we cultivate an archive of science, philosophy, psychology and history. You'll find books here that satisfy all streams of knowledge.
Nathan founded Snailfish during covid lock down, selling books online from his bedroom. Nathan is a studying journalist at RMIT University, book-slinger, story collector and nocturnal writer.
Snailfish appreciates the collation of stories and identities, as a customer or as a friend. We are grateful for your book donations, giving your books another life and preventing needless waste.
We are a very small business starting up in very strange times. As we slowly build and expand, every contribution and sale truly makes a difference.
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We love our customers! Do you have a question? Are you looking for a book that isn't in our store? Drop us a line anytime, and we will get back to you with answers!
If you'd like to donate books, please let us know here or on our social media.
201 Greville Street, Prahran Victoria 3181, Australia