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Better Read Than Dead, nestled in the heart of Newtown’s lively King Street, is one of Sydney’s most iconic and beloved independent bookshops — and Lonely Planet’s favourite Sydney bookshop. Better Read Than Dead has been an active member of Sydney’s literary community for over two decades, renowned for its enthusiastic support of authors and its keen engagement with wide-ranging literary events. 


Better Read Than Dead launched Better Read Literary Tours in 2017. The acquisition of Bookshop Travel has led Better Read Literary Tours to combine Better Read Than Dead’s wealth of bookish knowledge with the expertise of this trusted educational tour company to provide our travellers with a programme of thoughtfully curated, fully escorted tours to the world’s most fascinating literary destinations. 



Our erudite local guides have been carefully chosen and provide inimitable insight into their region. There is no one better suited to walk alongside you as you explore these foreign shores and learn of the historical, cultural and political events that have shaped the world’s greatest and most influential writers. 


Better Read Literary Tours also offers a range of international writing workshops which merge our unique, local-infused itineraries with the opportunity to work closely with an experienced Australian mentor. These workshops offer the perfect retreat from the day-to-day, whether you’re seeking to centre your creativity, find inspiration in a stunning new landscape, hone your writing practice or turn your focus on to a particular project.


We run four international tours and are working hard to create new and compelling travel opportunities. Be the first to learn of new tours by following us on social media and subscribing to our newsletter.

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