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The Perfect Book to Calm Your Nervous System

Review by Freya Bennett

Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop has been the perfect tonic for an intense world. If I could prescribe a book to anyone feeling the weight of the world, it would be this one. A charming love letter to book lovers the world over, Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop was balm to my anxious soul.

Many of us have fantasised about opening a bookshop and while this is usually not something achievable (especially in this economy), you can delve into Hwang Bo-Reum‘s world and live that life for a little bit. A book of self-acceptance that encourages the reader to reflect on their feelings towards themselves and hopefully learn to be just that little bit kinder.

Yeongju was burnt out. She got divorced, quit a job that she described as “siphoning her soul away” and opened a bookshop in a quiet neighbourhood. With enough money to last two years living her dream, can she make the bookshop profitable enough to continue living her dream forever? The neighbourhood delivers a cast of closeknit friends who take refuge in the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop as they work out where they fit in this crazy world.

An ode to the quiet life, to healing from productivity culture and learning to go slow.


Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine. She is a writer and editor from Dja Dja Wurrung Country who loves grey days, libraries and dandelion tea. You can follow her on Instagram @freya___bennett

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