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ANNOUNCEMENT!

September 2021

We are thrilled to have opened a dedicated children’s bookshop in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch’s CBD.

‘Telling Tales: Scorpio Children’s Books’ is located directly across the courtyard from Scorpio Books.

The sunny new shop is a treasure trove for the children of Ōtautahi, and the child within us all. The thoughtful selection of books aims to ignite imaginations and a thirst for knowledge in a new generation of readers. Our team at Telling Tales believe that books, and the stories they hold, have a unique capacity to inspire and connect us to a better future.

The Telling Tales website is coming soon. Until then, you can still find all our children’s titles on the Scorpio Books website.

About Scorpio Books

With the best range of carefully curated books in Christchurch, Scorpio Books is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable, eclectic readers always ready to help with a recommendation.

Browse the shelves, settle into a comfy chair and discover the best new releases and classics, fiction and non-fiction, on almost any topic you can think of. And if we don’t have what you want and it’s still in print, we’ll order it in for you.

Established over 45 years ago, Scorpio Books is a Christchurch institution. Lose yourself in this treasure trove for booklovers.

History

Scorpio Books owner David Cameron has been in books since leaving school to work at UBS Dunedin in 1965. Ten years later he bought the Christchurch business Pisces Books. In 1979 there was a change of astrological name to become Scorpio.

Initially, the stock was counter-cultural and quite different – cookbooks were only for vegans and vegetarians – but over the years the range has grown to include our favourites in quality fiction and crime, graphic novels, sociology and politics, business management, economics, classic history, military history, foreign languages, architecture and art, to comprehensive selections of niche topics such as woodworking, mathematics and self-sufficiency. Our store also has the largest selection of Science Fiction & Fantasy in New Zealand and our Children’s offering is every expanding.

Before the earthquakes, we were located at 79 Hereford Street, some of the ruins of which can still be seen.

In March 2011, we moved all we could to a new location on Riccarton Road. The atmosphere was quite different out there near Westfield shopping mall but we received a huge amount of support from the local businesses and people, both familiar and new.

Later in 2011, we were approached to open a second satellite shop in the Re:start container mall on Cashel Street to promote business in the CBD. This container store moved around Cashel Mall (literally) until its final location by The Bridge of Remembrance.

In February 2016, we moved our city branch back to the same block of Hereford Street, now across the road at Five Lanes in the BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford Street. The new city shop was refreshingly capacious compared to the overflowing container store.

In March 2017, our two shops were combined into the new Hereford Street location at the BNZ Cantre. Most easily accessed from Cashel Mall across from Ballantynes, our new store is just a short walk from the new Bus Interchange, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

In September 2021, our children’s section finally burst at the seams and moved across the Five Lanes courtyard to it’s own sunny location. ‘Telling Tales: Scorpio Children’s Books’ is now a dedicated children’s bookshop, run by Scorpio Books.