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On the release day of Harper Lee’s long awaited second novel, following To Kill a Mockingbird, it seems timely to blog about Glenelg’s own Mockingbird Cafe. Situated well away from the craziness of Jetty Road, I used to feel sorry for the shops and cafés on Broadway.

Mockingbird lounge, Glenelg

Not anymore. A visit to the Mockingbird cafe-cum-secondhand bookshop reveals a Tardis-like space. Rooms beyond rooms, stashed with well organised and stocked bookshelves, tables in the laundry room, tables in the garden and a hideout in the shed for total peace and quiet for reading. When I visited there was a board meeting in the library-dining room, a book group through the back and a constant stream of cafe customers. Delicious home baking, including cheese and chutney scones to accompany the coffee. And beer!

To my shame/credit I’ve only just read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time. My wait for the sequel Go Set a Watchman will be shorter than most.

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