Gleebooks is one of Glebe’s great success stories – one that I have seen from the start. The pictures here are of the main store, but there is a second-hand and children’s branch up past St Johns Road – the original Gleebooks – and currently a vast sale barn in the old Russell’s Health Food store. In the late 1970s two English Literature students, Roger Mackell and David Gaunt, between bouts of taxi driving, had jobs working for Tony, a rather large ex-Sydney Grammar teacher, in a small second-hand bookshop. They inherited the shop, and the rest is history. In late 1978 I used to sometimes stay overnight at Roger’s place in Glebe, having moved back to Wollongong in advance of taking up work again in 1979 at Wollongong High after secondment to Education at Sydney University.
I have spent more money than I should in this wonderful shop, even making a purchase the day I took these.