Meet The Team

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Janice Sagar

Memories from the life of a book lover:

Age 10 – Walking with my brother to the mobile library with an arm load of books then returning home with another arm load later on.

Age 16 – First job working as a junior office clerk for a building company in East Melbourne. One and a half hours from home by bus, train and then tram. Lots of time for reading and swapping books on railway platforms and at bus stops. Plenty of stops missed when the story got too good!

Fast forward to Age 54 – living the dream of so many people “to own a bookshop”. Aah, the bliss (and the constant temptation!). Unpacking the new releases is like having Christmas every month. It’s such a pleasure to come to work and chat about books with all the wonderful customers of Moruya Books.

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Julie Mia

Not much has changed since this photo was taken.

You can still find me tucked up in bed dozing off while trying to read just a few more pages, eyelids fighting to stay open!

I was one of those kids yelling “Again! Again!” to my Mum and Dad asking them to read the same stories over and over again. Sometimes they would have to get a little creative with the story, missing a few sentences here and there but I’d always pull them up on it.

I’m the sidekick at Moruya Books, Bookseller by day, artist by night.

I love animals, birds, reading, cooking and eating (not in that particular order).

Please come in and say hello, I’d love to hear your stories too!

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Piccola

I’ve loved books and this bookshop, ever since I was a little girl. I remember coming in and getting all Alison Lester books when I was really little, forcing my mum to read them to me every night. I started progressing to Harry Potter and began to spend every waking moment reading books. I became obsessed with fiction, especially sci-fi and fantasy. I love how you could get lost in a book, falling into a completely different, but exciting, world. Everything about Moruya Books is great, from being surrounded by books, to watching book lovers take away amazing and exciting books. It has a great vibe to it, a great bookshop, in a great community. Hope to see you in here, exploring all the amazing books and diving into different worlds.

Currently reading:

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Monique

I started voraciously reading when I was seven years old. My best friend lent me her copy of Rainbow Magic and I was hooked. Every two weeks I would save up my pocket money so I could buy the next book in the series. I started my book collecting addiction very early.

Since then there hasn’t been a long period of time when I did not have a book in my hands.

I enjoy escaping into a good book, often shutting out the world around me. My family says a bomb could go off whilst I was reading and I wouldn’t notice.

Romance is my kryptonite; whether it be sci-fi, fantasy, historical or contemporary, I love them all.

I also enjoy a good manga binge every now and then.

My goal is to read one hundred books a year, so far I’m going strong!

Sara

Unlike the others I was a late starter, at 22 I read my first book voluntarily, A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford, and surprisingly that was what it took!  Instead of talking about myself (not my favourite task) for me a person’s favourite books speaks volumes so a (difficult) selection of the many books that live in me would be:  A Little Life (Yanagihara) and Ten Steps to Nanette (Hannah Gadsby), Castaway (Robert Macklin) and Song of the Crocodile (Nadia Simpson), The Freedom Artist (Ben Okri), The Elegance of a Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery), Fire Country (Victor Steffensen) and Kinglake 350 (Adrian Hyland), The Wild Silence (Raynor Winn), The Lives of Others (Neel Mukherjee), Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz), The Weed Foragers Handbook (Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland) … Phew that wasn’t easy, what books have shaped you?

Ruby

When I was little my mum would always read to my sisters and I. I think hearing all those wonderful stories sparked my love for books. All throughout primary school I remember always hanging out in the library looking at and reading all the amazing books. My all time favourite was the dork diaries series and I remember being so jealous of one of my friends who owned every single book in the series. Though as I got older and went to high school I stopped reading and I didn't enjoy it anymore especially when I had to read a book for class. In fact in my four years of high school I don't think I ever finished one book... but working at Moruya Book Shop has reawakened my love for books. I had forgotten how much you can enjoy a book and get taken away to a different universe and how much you can learn from reading. It makes my day when I see customers get so excited when they buy a new book and I love talking to the customers about their interests. I am so grateful to be surrounded by amazing people in such a beautiful workplace. Come by for a look when you have time, you're bound to find something you'll love.

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Currently reading:

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