Buy Australian history pre-colonial to the 21st century

Australian books selected by history buffs and a Librarian

What Our Readers Say

I have purchased a number of times now from The Book Merchant via the website, and so wanted to share how happy I have been with the service I have received. The books I have bought have been all been second hand and in great condition, some of which have been hard to find elsewhere. Miriam has been extremely helpful in recommending other books on topics I have asked about and is timely in her email correspondence. I give a 5 star rating and a note of many thanks to The Book Merchant for service, quality and uniqueness in the range they offer. — Melanie G I am very happy with all the books I recently purchased from The Book Merchant and the prompt service receiving them. I was very excited to discover your website and the range of books available. Sue B Wonderful service thanks Miriam. Charley N You did good,very happy with book and service 👍 - Tony R Very good. Easy to order, book in good condition, friendly communication, quick turnaround, and timely delivery. Recommended. Denise M I ordered this book from the Book Merchant from their intuitive and easy to navigate website. I got an immediate confirmation with order # within minutes and the book arrived - well packed - 5 days later. I was impressed with the ease or ordering and payment as well as the well packed and prompt delivery. - Trish F


We reward our loyal readers and newbies, especially history buffs * 10% discount - Every 6th order * 10% one-off discount for members of any historical society, family history group, professional historians and oral historians. (you need to tell us at checkout) Oh, and watch out for many promotions!

About Us

Greetings, my name is Miriam Mortimore, and I am The Book Merchant.
I have spent over 20 years as a professional librarian managing specialist collections for government and large corporations. As a librarian, I know how difficult it is to track down books that are published independently by local historians or were published long ago and are now out of print, mostly languishing in rubbish dumps. These books don't always come up on a Google search and can't be bought from large online booksellers like Amazon or Booktopia. There might be a copy in your local library but you want your own copy that you can read many times. I wanted to bridge this gap and make these treasured history books available again. So I set up my own company and online bookstore. The books I choose to sell satisfy a Librarian’s compulsion to curate collections. All books are well researched and written, often award-winning. They are books that I would read and select if I were building a library collection. The Book Merchant specialises in Australian and Western Australian history and heritage, and Australian social and cultural diversity. These are topics that I feel passionately about as I believe that our history profoundly influences our present. I also know that much of Australia’s history has not been told or reached a wide audience. True stories of hardship, resilience and surviving in harsh environments. True stories of how communities formed and the attitudes they had towards “outsiders”. It is compelling reading and incredibly relevant to our society now. I am an eBook publisher too. Some of the books I want to sell simply aren't in hardcopy anymore and I will be creating eBooks so that my readers can access these books easily. Please enjoy browsing through my books. If you know of a book that I should consider selling or perhaps you’re a writer about to publish a new book? Please talk to me. Contact me via email or mobile. Best regards Miriam


Our address (Admin only)
14 Clare Row College Grove WA 6230 Australia
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Open hours
The bookstore is online 24 hrs Contactable : Daily 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM (we are not a physical bookshop)

Acknowledgement of Country

The Book Merchant acknowledges the Wadjuk Noongar people as the original custodians of the land on which our business sits. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Western Australia and across Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders past, present and emerging.