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Our fearless leader and owner of Moruya Books.

Get to know more about Janice and her taste in books below:

More about me

1. A book you didn't think you were going to like as much as you did?

Willowman by Inga Simpson

2. A favourite book of 2022:

I have two; Still Life by Sarah Winman and Under The Whispering Door by T.J.Klune

3. Your favourite book of all time:

I can't pick just one, these are my top three. Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson, Still Life by Sarah Winman and Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

4. A book that changed your life:

Stranger in The Mirror by Jane Shilling

5. A book that ruined you:

Brilliance of The Moon by Liam Hearu (if you know, you know)

6. A book with the best first line or quote:

The dedication by E.B.White in Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

My favourite book quote:

"I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially."


Currently Reading:

The Book Of Form And Emptiness

By Ruth Ozeki

If you let it-if you listen-a book could change your life. Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022, The Book of Form and Emptiness is now available in B format.

After his father dies, Benny Oh finds he can hear objects talking- teapots, marbles and sharpened pencils, babbling in anger or distress. His mother, struggling to support their household alone, starts collecting things to give her comfort. Overwhelmed by the clamour of all the stuff, Benny seeks refuge in the beautiful silence of the public library.

There, the objects speak only in whispers. There, he meets a homeless poet and a mesmerising young performance artist. There, a book reaches out to him. Not just any book- his own book. And a very important conversation begins.

The Book of Form and Emptiness is about grief, resilience, creativity and psychological difference. It is about the importance of reading, and an observation of the mess consumer culture has got us into. It is an affirmation of the power of community. It is funny, kind, wise, urgent and completely irresistible. If you let it-if you listen-it could change your life.

The Book Of Form And Emptiness
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