About Us



MacLean's Booksellers is an independent bookseller in Newcastle, owned and operated by local residents Amanda and Max Shirley. We are assisted by a dedicated and knowledgeable team of staff - Tina, Michelle, Janine, Lydia, Jane, and Ramona.

Our bookshop is located in cosmopolitan Beaumont Street in the inner city suburb of Hamilton. The business was originally established at the current premises in April 1997 by Mark MacLean and his wife Christine Bruderlin. Amanda and Max bought the business in February 2003 and it has continued to grow and serve the local community since then.


Personal in-store service

As a wholly independent bookshop we have total control over our stock selection, and have a commitment to stocking the best backlist, the unusual, as well as all your favourite bestsellers. We also have an extensive children's and young adult section, that covers the best new and classic titles. Our staff are local to the area and are always willing to recommend their favourite titles to you. All of us at MacLean's are passionate about books and love to share that passion with our customers.

Customer order service

We strive to stock a diverse range of titles across all genres. If there is any title that you wish to own and we don't have it on the shelf, we can order it in for you. We are able to source a huge range of titles from Australia and overseas. You can order in-store or through this website. Please contact us if you are unable to find the title you are looking for.

Personal online order service

Are you unable to come into the shop? Would you like to send a gift? We can mail books to anywhere you wish. For presents, we can even gift wrap and, if you require, select a card from our great range. You can order through this website, or by phone or email. Postage rates will be quoted on application.

Community noticeboard

Do you have an event, business or class that you would like to advertise? MacLean's has a free in-store community noticeboard.

Free gift wrapping

We wish to make things as easy as possible for our customers and offer free gift wrapping all year round.

Loyalty Program

If you make regular purchases with us, you may like to join our Frequent Buyer Club.

See our Loyalty Program page of this website for more information.

Gift vouchers

Can't decide what to buy for that hard to buy for person? Why not buy them a gift voucher. Our gift vouchers are available for any amount and have no expiry date.

Reading Guides

Would you like to keep updated with some of the great new titles that come out through the year? Our regular reading guides are available on this website, or paper copies are available in-store.

Author events

At MacLean's we host many events, with both international bestselling authors and talented local authors. To find out about events look at the events page of this website, see the in-store advertising or sign up to our e-mail list.  

Schools and educational institutions 

We supply books and other services to a large number of schools in the Hunter region. See our Schools page of this website for further information.