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Tales & Fables New and Second-hand Bookstore

Tales & Fables is a community-based bookshop in the Victory Park suburb of Johannesburg. The shop specializes in second-hand books but also stocks a wide range of new children’s books.

The location has been a well-known market for books for more than 9 years, but was revamped and reopened under the Tales & Fables name in November 2006. In the extensive book industry of Johannesburg, its success is based on a well-read community who appreciates personal service and an old-world charm.

Husband and wife-team, Martin van Eck and Ursula Evert oils the cogs of this operation and lives a passion for books. Ursula has widespread experience in the book business and has managed various bookshops since 2001. In 2007 she was joined by Martin leaving the world of English lecturing behind. Ursula is the non-fiction expert with a personal interest in esoterica and interesting biographies. She also enjoys collecting beautiful children’s books. Martin prefers fiction and reads avidly from the contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy and mystery/suspense categories but believes there’s always time to relive a good classic.

“A successful second-hand bookshop is a sign of a community who loves to read” says Ursula and the couple loves the village-like atmosphere created by the local residents – although there are some who travel far just to enjoy this unique experience. Tales & Fables is also focused on giving back to the community by donating unwanted books to various charities and giving support through book signings by local authors, story-time readings for kids and the hosting of workshops.


Shop No: 7
Tel No: 011 782 3660 or 084 919 1745
Email: ursulaevert@telkomsa.net
Website: http://talesandfables.co.za/
Hours: Mall Hours