Our Story

Boobooks has been a fixture in Armidale since 2006. John Rooney and Sally Rowe built a wonderful place for book lovers to meander and appreciate the written word. Boobooks customers will always be grateful for the years they put into providing Armidale with this much needed space, and for all the books they collected, curated and recommended, immeasurably improving the lives of those living in and passing through town.

Debby and Yvonne purchased the business in 2019 and haven't looked back since. Building on Boobooks' reputation for quality books, they have sought to embrace a wider collection of people with a fresh redesign and a philosophy of making Boobooks more than just a place for people in Armidale to buy the best books. Boobooks has become a hub for connecting people using ideas and events, in a manner which aids Armidale and Regional Australia to grow culturally and economically.

  • There is now a cafe open 9am-3pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturdays and every second Sunday during Markets in the Mall. Coffee, tea, biscuits and cakes (including Keto and Gluten-free options). Inside, outside, individual and large group tables are available to create your ideal experience.
  • A Sci-Fi and Fantasy room to satisfy new and die-hard fans alike.
  • Regular 'happenings' and events. Free spirited conversation, wine flowing, live music pumping and all sorts of new people to meet.
  • The next step is our very own online store! We are adding more titles as fast as we can, but if you contact us we can try to order in just about anything you want. There is free shipping on orders over $50 or for in store pickup, so spend more on books and less on shipping! Gift cards are now available just in time for Christmas.

See you at Boobooks,

Debby and Yvonne

Debby: I grew up in Moree, NSW but lived all over Australia and overseas until I had children and brought them to live in my favourite town: The town I studied to become an English teacher and to which I always wanted to return. Owning a bookshop was always a big dream. Creating a beautiful cultural, social and artistic centre in the middle of one of the most beautiful and clever towns in Australia is like dying and going to heaven. 

Yvonne: I was born in South America in Suriname and also lived in a small mining town in the middle of the Amazonian jungle in Guyana. My family moved a lot, so books were my faithful and much beloved friends throughout my life from a very young age.

Like many lovers of books it has been a dream to own a bookshop much of my adult life.  Consequently, when the founders of Boobooks, Sally and John, had to think about retirement and winding down this wonderful bookshop, my husband and daughter thought I should stop talking about owning a bookshop, make an offer and buy Boobooks. So here I am! Living the dream along with a very good friend, co-conspirator and business partner.