News and reviews

Contesting Faith

It's something a bit special for a bookseller to have his own novel in stock. Contesting Faith is a novel about a young man who learns that he has a terminal cancer. The thing is, he has never really thought about what he believes. So how should he live whatever is left of his life? The answer that comes to him is to start on online contest between all the different religions and life philosophies. On July 31st, he will...

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Christmas 2018

Rapidly getting to the point now where we cannot guarantee orders will be in before Christmas, although some of our suppliers are doing remarkably well. But the focus shifts a little about now. It's not so much "Can you get XYZ? and it's more "Let's see what you've already got in store that might be the perfect gift!" We're still pretty well stocked, although some popular titles are now out of stock. We still have a range of Christian Christmas...

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Our third birthday this month!

Saturday 24th June is our 3rd birthday at Variety Bookroom. I suspect there are more than a few people around the Moe area that are surprised we've made it so long. And I suppose the truth is that it's our passion for books that has kept us going rather than any passion for making heaps of money. We have good months and not-so-good months, good days and bad days. Some days it feels like the only people who come in...

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The War on Women – Sue Lloyd-Roberts

My previous book review published here was extremely negative about a particular feminist book. So, for balance, here is my review of a feminist book that I believe every socially-aware man and woman should read.  THE WAR ON WOMEN Sue Lloyd Roberts was working on this book when she died in 2015. Her astonishing career in journalism had taken her to some of the harshest places in the world. In many of these places, she was appalled at the treatment of...

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Fight Like a Girl – A Truly Offensive Book

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL - Clementine Ford This may be the most offensive book that I have ever read. The author deliberately uses the vilest, most disgusting language that she can find. Hardly surprising, though, when her purpose is clearly stated on the back cover. Regarding "all women and young girls", Clementine Ford wants to "take the emptiness and numbness they feel about being a girl in this world and turn it into rage and power." It's obviously a book...

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How well do you know your Australian authors?

A bit of a teaser for Australia Day, Thursday 26th January. One half of our window display features all Aussie authors - with one exception. We are wondering how many people can pick the one book by a non-Aussie author. Check it out, day or night, at 82 Albert St, Moe.

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Leading Edge

Variety Bookroom is now part of Leading Edge Books, a national buying and marketing group with more than 170 Australian independent bookstores. There are many benefits from membership in Leading Edge, including better buying power and better access to major overseas suppliers.  

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News

Our current competition, extended until the end of September, invites you to complete the following sentence. A good novel does more than just entertain me: it also… We will give $20 vouchers for the 5 most interesting and/or original answers. Submit your answer on Facebook or fill out an entry form in-store. If you’re writer and interested in meeting with other local writers, come to the new Moe library, meeting room 4, 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of...

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The birdman’s wife – Melissa Ashley

John Gould is famous for his love of birds and for the beautiful drawings that graced his folios. But his wife, Elizabeth, was the skilled artist, behind much of his success. This exquisite historical novel tells her story. Filled with minute details on matters of ornithology and taxidermy, the author takes her reader back to the nineteenth century, a time of exploration and science, but also a time when medicine still involved potions, leeches and superstition. Women were not expected...

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How far can you go? – John MacLean with Mark Tabb

This is a truly remarkable story. John MacLean was a promising athlete until a truck ran over him on the M4 highway in Sydney in 1988. The injuries were so bad that any sort of recovery seemed unthinkable but he pulled through and, over the next several years, learned how to compete in sports such as canoeing and wheel-chair events. His accomplishments were remarkable: iron-man events, triathalons, even swimming the English Channel. But through it all, he held to the...

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