An independent bookstore with an independent spirit, since 1988

Situated in the heart of Mt Eden Village, Time Out is a community hub and haven for bibliophiles. Our award-winning staff are hand-selected for their passion and diverse knowledge. If we can't find you the perfect book on our shelves, we'll order something in just for you.

Are you unable to visit in person? Our book bundles and subscriptions offer the very best of the Time Out treatment, delivered right to your door.

Our upstairs room is available for book clubs and literary events. Everything you need to know can be found here. To make a booking, complete this form.

Got a question? We've answered your most common queries here.

Open 9am-9pm, 7 days

432 Mt Eden Road
Mt Eden Village
Auckland, New Zealand

09 630 3331


Wendy Tighe-Umbers    


A former science teacher and deputy principal, Wendy never guessed she'd own a bookstore. She bought Time Out fifteen years ago and hasn't looked back.

Wendy loves a dark read. We Need to Talk About KevinMonster Love and The Devil All the Time are huge favourites, but she's very dedicated to her old loves too– Anna Karenina and The Woman in White
She also may be John Boyne’s biggest fan.

See Wendy's latest picks here

Jenna Todd


Jenna has been at Time Out since 2010. She manages the store alongside working as a freelance photographer (a great combination!)

Jenna was the lucky recipient of the 2014 Kobo Booksellers NZ Winter Institute Scholarship in Seattle. She was also NZ's Young Book Retailer of of the Year for 2015.

She is on the board of Booksellers NZ and is their representative on the NZ Book Awards Trust. She was a fiction judge for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and reviews books monthly on RNZ’s Nine to Noon and fortnightly on 95bFM’s breakfast show, as well as being a presenter on Papercuts, a monthly books podcast on The Spinoff.

See Jenna's latest picks here

Suri Reddy


Suri is a champion of groups who've long been overlooked as arbiters of art and culture. Women, people of colour and members of the LGBT community are creating incredible work that we should all be reading! Suri has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics).

Suri runs our popular Lit Reads Book Club and is the currator of National Poetry Day’s All Tomorrow’s Poets.

See Suri's picks here


Kiran Dass

Book Buyer

As well as being our Book Buyer, Kiran freelances as a writer and reviewer, covering books and music. Kiran reviews books monthly on RNZ’s Nine to Noon and fortnightly on Auckland’s 95bFM.

Kiran is co-producer and co-host of the literary podcast Papercuts on The Spinoff, has been a judge at the PANZ Book Design Awards for the last two years and has chaired sessions at Auckland Writers Festival, WORD Christchurch, LitCrawl Wellington and Hamilton Book Month.

In 2016, Kiran was the Kobo Booksellers NZ Winter Institute Scholarship recipient in Denver/West Hollywood.



Katie Swanson

Children's Buyer

Katie's a self-proclaimed Classics geek– but having a son makes her a wiz in the Kid’s Room, too.

Did you know Katie is the patissier behind our famous cookies? Let her know if you'd like a commission! 

See Katie's picks here


Cait Kneller

New Zealand’s Young Bookseller of the Year 2017!

Cait reckons everyone has a voracious reader inside them– it just takes one book.

She's been a chef and a nanny, before studying Fine Arts and Fashion Design. Luckily a jack of all trades makes a pretty good bookseller.

Cait has incredible experience with children’s books, having been our children’s buyer and working at Toitoi Journal. Cait also built this very website and is in charge of managing our Puffin Grant Programme.

See Cait’s Picks here.


Ellen Barr

Ellen studied English Literature at Victoria and honed her editing skills at Whitireia. She's the newest member of our team and is maintaining an impressive air of mystery. We do know she has a beloved cat and loves to bake–– but don't let that fool you. Her acerbic wit has her fitting right in.

See Ellen's picks here

Wyoming Paul

Wyo studied Criminology and Politics Honours at UoA, with a focus on environmental politics. 

When she's not in store, Wyo works at a tech startup, runs an electric vehicle importing business called Mori and writes about books for The Spinoff.

See Wyo's picks here


Jony Gabriel

 Jony was Wendy's first ever hire, way back in 2003. Jony has come and go a lot over the years but works on Sundays team while working as an Adult Learning Tutor for the New Zealand Defence College. He has also been a hight school English teacher!

Jony's favourite writers are David Mitchell & Murakami. 

You can see his latest picks here.


Eli Flynn


Yes, he's fourteen. Yes, he works here. Eli bowled in at the age of 8– after studying the legalities of child labour– and politely requested a job. He's quickly become an essential member of the Saturday team, recommending everything from Maurice Sendak to Murakami.

See Eli's picks here


Olivia Roberts


Olivia works part time at Time Out. Her favourite book is Fangirl. She loves hanging out with her friends, going on Recreate outings and listening to music.

Olivia joined our team with the help of Poly-Emp Charitable Trust.

See Olivia's picks here



Lucinda is our part time cat worker. She comes in when she feels like an outing from her Parnell dwellings. When she's here, you'll find her curled up on the counter or hidden among the shelves. Her favourite books are New Zealand Cats (she's biased) and I Could Pee on This. 

See recommendations from Lucinda


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