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Book-tacular 2020

With the Christmas hurly-burly done and dusted, Piccadilly Bookshop’s Neville Templeton takes time out to share a bit about what’s up for 2020.


What’s your New Year looking like so far, Neville?
Both staff and customers are enjoying the oasis of calm post-Christmas, but we’re still busy finding books for our avid readers, and books for children of all ages who’ve a reading age approaching university level.

The new school year brings a need for preparation and we maintain a tried and trusted range of study guides and all the stationery needs for primary, secondary and tertiary students.

Any new faces at Piccadilly?
Yes, we’re welcoming new customers who’ve moved into our locale as they become familiar with the schools, shops and amenities around them.

And what about the new Piccadilly Bookshop at The Crossing (over Colombo Street from Ballantynes)?
We’ve had a warm welcome from fellow retailers, office tenants, new customers and even regular Avonhead customers, which is very pleasing!

These interactions encourage us to refine our selection of books and merchandise all the time.

Who are Piccadilly’s salespeople at The Crossing?
We have Clive, Dawn, Digby, Jennie and Sue; between them they have over 100 years of experience in the book industry.

Alex, Brylea, Hamish and Jacqui are our young salespeople. So, there’s plenty of advice available from both ends of the age spectrum.

Any book on the website can be brought to The Crossing store for customers.


Book Now! Piccadilly Bookshop

Some may say that books are going out of fashion, but a visit to Piccadilly Bookshop in Avonhead Mall tells quite a different story, as publishers and authors vie for your attention throughout the store. With Christmas just around the corner, and all those leisure hours of summer holidays beckoning for relaxation, here is where to find inspiration for that perfect gift for loved ones and for yourself!



According to Neville Templeton at Piccadilly, the following titles promise to be popular with younger readers: Prince of Ponies by Stacy Gregg, The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith, David Walliams’ new book, as yet untitled, while Gavin Bishop’s Wildlife Aotearoa will be enjoyed by all ages.

Non-fiction readers are spoilt for choice, but popular authors, such as Bill Bryson, Max Hastings, Billy Connolly, Peter Fitzsimons, Witi Ihimaera and Tessa Duder never fail to deliver. For lovers of the outdoors, The Great Unknown: Mountain Journeys in the Southern Alps by Geoff Spearpoint or Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica by Rebecca Priestley make for that extra-special gift.

With more than 400 new fiction titles in trade paperback, the lovely staff at Piccadilly are only too happy to help readers find what they’re looking for.

Don’t forget the stationery! Because sometimes all it takes is a Christmas card, calendar, journal or diary, such as from the beautiful Paperblank range, to let a friend know they’re never forgotten.

Find Piccadilly Bookshop at Shop 1, Avonhead Mall, corner Merrin Street and Withells Road. Phone 03 358 4835 or visit




Piccadilly Bookshop

Bursting With Books: Piccadilly Bookshop

For 25 years, Piccadilly Bookshop has made sure quality bestsellers fill the stockings of Canterbury book lovers each Christmas.


Piccadilly Bookshop


No matter who you’re buying for this year, there’s something in stock for everyone. The shelves are packed full of new releases, young adult novels, paperbacks, biographies, magazines, and cover a wide range of specialist topics, like local history, military information, travel, science and sports.

Every single book has been hand-picked by the staff, a network of regular contacts from New Zealand and overseas publishing companies, as well as customer recommendations, so you know it’s advice you can rely on. To make your experience even easier, customers can first scour the store’s Summer Reading Guide, distributed to more than 30,000 households, available instore and on the website. Then, pop into Piccadilly Books in Avonhead Mall, where the expert staff can guide you to the perfect purchase.

While you’re there, you’ll also discover bargains! A huge influx of new books has meant they’ve had to create extra shelf space, so there’s now permanent price reductions on books at the sales tables, “Last Copy – Last Chance”. It’s not only books on offer this Christmas and holiday season, they also have you covered with Christmas cards, wrapping paper, calendars, diaries, gift stationery and toys.

And, they can help to choose, wrap, calculate postage and send your presents from the Avonhead Postshop and Kiwibank in-store. So, support local this festive season, and help celebrate 25 years of expert service with the staff and customers at Piccadilly Bookshop.




Piccadilly Bookshop

A bookworm bonanza: Piccadilly Bookshop

There is nothing more satisfying than having your feet up while turning the pages of a spellbinding book. Piccadilly Bookshop Owner fweqNeville Templeton gets that. With links to the major publishing houses and distributors, he and Manager Robyn Joplin ensure customers always have access to the cream-of-the-crop in titles and authors.

Piccadilly Bookshop


Situated at the entrance to Avonhead Shopping Centre, you can’t help but be drawn to browse the tables heaped with the hottest in best-seller novels, celeb biographies, thrillers, chillers, chick-lit, romances, historical, hysterical, children’s classics and children’s latest, plus books for gardeners, cooks and hobbyists. If you’re a word-nerd bookworm, then consider this a book bonanza at its most bountiful!

Open seven days a week, the shop has expanded twice during its 24 years in operation, to stock twice the range of bookshop merchandise, including magazines, calendars, cards, gifts and stationery.
In fact, the pickings at Piccadilly are so good that once you’ve chatted with the helpful, friendly staff; sneak-peeked the inside jackets of a few potential must-haves; bought the book you came for; added a couple of magazines for good measure and gasped over the gorgeous stationery and pretty pens that you know your desk would love… only then can you whizz across to the NZ Post shop and Kiwibank, tucked in the corner of the store, pay your bills and grab a car rego form while you’re at it.
Absolutely nothing beats a bit of a dally at Piccadilly!