Tasmaniana

One of our main specialties, our extensive Tasmanian section encompasses Tasmanian novels and poetry (by Tasmanians, and/or about Tasmania); general and specific Tasmanian history; Tasmanian travel and walking guides; independently published works; souvenir and gift pictorial books; and secondhand Tasmanian books.

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Journeys Into the Wild: The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis
Cover Image, North Water

Bob Brown
National Library of Australia
ISBN 9780642279071     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Journeys into the Wild is a poetic escape to a fragile and breathtaking wilderness, with celebrated photographer Peter Dombrovskis as our guide. Bob Brown and Peter Dombrovskis forged their friendship in the battle to save the Gordon and Franklin rivers. During the campaign, Bob accompanied Peter on one of his kayak trips down the Franklin and observed his process as a photographer. Peter would go on to take one of the most famous photographs in Australian history, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, an image that featured in calendars and diaries across Australia and that was integral to the success of the campaign. The two remained friends until Peter's death in 1996.


The Shy Mountain
Cover Image, North Water

Donald Knowler
40 South Publishing
ISBN 9780648106319
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.95
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Silent and brooding, the Shy Mountain does not have to speak her name. We know she’s there, watching us, even when she chooses to hide beneath a blanket of low cloud. Although she’s not a mountain of legend like Everest, Kilimanjaro or event Kosciuszko, she has her own claim to fame. kunanyi/Mount Wellington brings wilderness to the very doorstep of a significant centre of population, and how many mountains can claim to do that?

As journalist and author Donald Knowler discovers on a mission to record a year in the life of the 1,271-metre peak, the Shy Mountain provides an escape from the human pressures of the city, blunting concrete and glass with leaf and bark.


Blood, Sweat and the Sea
Cover Image, Muirs

Mike Swinson
Robert Muir
ISBN 9780995367371           
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 79.00
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This book is about the life of John Muir who winched the world from down under. From humble beginnings in a simple shed at his father's boatyard in Battery Point, Tasmania, to international recognition amongst the builders and owners of an amazing array of sea-going vessels around the world. His winches are renowned for their quality and he for his inspirational work ethic. This book details the family, friends, employees and colleagues that formed the basis of his success.


Me Write Myself

Leonie Stevens
Monash University Publishing
ISBN 9781925495638          
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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Exiles, lost souls, remnants of a dying race. The fate of the First Nations peoples of Van Diemen's Land is one of the most infamous chapters in Australian, and world, history. The men, women, and children exiled to Flinders Island in the 1830s and 40s have often been written about, but never allowed to speak for themselves. This book aims to change that. Penned by the exiles during their fifteen years at the settlement called Wybalenna, items in the Flinders Island Chronicle, sermons, letters, and petitions offer a compelling corrective to traditional portrayals of a hopeless, dispossessed, illiterate people's final days. The exiles did not see themselves as prisoners, but as a Free People. Seen through their own writing, the community at Wybalenna was vibrant, complex, and evolving. Rather than a depressed people simply waiting for death, their own words reveal a politically astute community engaged in a fifteen year campaign for their own freedom: one which was ultimately successful. This is a compelling story that will profoundly affect understandings of Tasmanian and Australian history.


Tasmania's Vanishing Towns
Cover Image, Jellyfish

Michael Holmes
ISBN 9780648094500
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 49.95
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In this fascinating sequel to Vanishing Towns, author Michael Holmes takes the reader on another guided tour of Tasmania's Vanishing towns, from their creation, their existence and their passing.


The Vandemonian War
Cover Image, Jellyfish

Nick Brodie
Hardie Grant
ISBN 9781743793114     
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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In the 1820s and 1830s the British deliberately pushed the Aboriginal tribespeople out, driving them to the edge of existence. Whole societies were deliberately obliterated. The Vandemonian War was one of the darkest stains on a former empire which arrogantly claimed perpetual sunshine. This is the story of that fight, redrawn from neglected handwriting nearly two centuries old.  Acclaimed author Nick Brodie now exposes the largely untold story of how the British truly occupied Van Diemen’s Land, deploying regimental soldiers and special forces, armed convicts and mercenaries.


The Last Dog On the the IslandCover Image, Long Way Home

Steve Kelleher
New Holland
ISBN 9781742579603
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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Detector Dog Elise and her handler, Steve Kelleher, were the only drug detection unit in Tasmania. Working for Customs, Tasmania Police, Federal Police and the Tasmanian Corrections Service, they hunted down marijuana stashes, caches of amphetamines, tackling bikie gangs, hardened criminals and hazardous ship to-shore transfers. Their expertise took them all over Tasmania, to the mainland states and even into the South Pacific.  An addictive read.


Playing Lady Gaga being Nan PauCover Image, Long Way Home

Steve Tolbert
Lacuna Publishing
ISBN 9781922198280
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.95
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Tasmanian Nick Stanish comes to Thailand looking for his missing brother — an aid worker at a medical clinic for Karen refugees — and to avoid dealing with a guilty secret. Seeking answers in the Snake Skin nightclub, Nick instead finds the local Lady Gaga — the club’s star entertainer — and is drawn into a world of sex slavery, drug smugglers, and possibly love. 

Playing Lady Gaga, Being Nan Pau is a compelling tale of survival and redemption, of actions and consequences, and of the best and the worst of humanity.


New Norfolk Inns, Pubs, and HotelsCover Image, Long Way Home

Paul McMaster
(self-published)
ISBN 9781542487894
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 35.00
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This title presents New Norfolk through the first 130 years of its inns, pubs, and hotels.   This book includes rare photographs, and background information of the owners of the venues where colonial Derwent Valley townspeople could socialise.


Tasmania's Forgotten FrontierCover Image, Long Way Home

John Beswick
40 South Publishing
ISBN 9780995408265
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 44.95
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Almost five years before the first British settlement on mainland Tasmania (in the Derwent estuary), sealers established semi-permanent settlements on the islands off the North-East Coast. The sealers exploited not only the seal population but also the indigenous tribes that had inhabited the northeastern coastal plains for thousands of years.  Following the decimation of the native population, a string of isolated grazing establishments became the first settlements in this remote corner of the state.  John Beswick significantly identifies and records in detail, for the first time, the settlers who braved the isolation to establish long term grazing ventures, and reveals the exploration, exploitation and settlement of Tasmania’s far north-east coast.


Fleeting HopesCover Image, Long Way Home

Tony Fenton
40 South Publishing
ISBN 9780995408241
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 49.95
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Port Davey, in Tasmania's rugged South West corner, is roadless, even today. Such a wild landscape suggests an untrodden past, yet Tony Fenton has unearthed stories of human hopes and schemes, courage and folly, avarice and downright hard work. A lost history, that of the Aboriginal people, is glimpsed from George Augustus Robinson's diaries as he made his persuasive journey into their country; explorers, whalers and track-cutters came and went; and the Huon pining industry brought families to settle at Port Davey, while prospectors hunted for mineral riches. Sailors were washed ashore on an uninhabited coast, to live or to die. Tony Fenton has woven ground-breaking research into an intriguing narrative that reveals an unexpected past alive with people and plans, set in an impressive but unforgiving landscape.


Losing Streak
Cover Image, North Water

James Boyce
Black Inc.
ISBN 9781863959100     
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 22.99
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The story begins with the toppling of a premier, and ends with David Walsh, the man behind MONA, taking an eccentric stand against pokie machines and the political status quo. It is a story of broken politics and back-room deals. It shows how giving one company the licence to all the poker machines in Tasmania has led to several hundred million dollars of profits (mainly from problem gamblers) being diverted from public use, through a series of questionable and poorly understood deals. Losing Streak is a meticulous, compelling case study in governance failure, which has implications for pokies reform throughout Australia.


GaolbirdCover Image, Jellyfish

Simon Barnard
Text (Juvenile)
ISBN 9781925498172     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 24.99
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Following on from Simon Barnard's award-winning book A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land and bestseller Convict Tattoos, here is the strange but true story of convict William Swallow.  

It’s 23 October 1821 and William Swallow is standing on the deck of the Malabar for muster. He is wearing a canary yellow convict uniform and his legs are chained. He’s just completed the 121-day sea voyage from London to Hobart Town, but his wild and audacious adventures have barely begun, for he will soon ditch the convict uniform and the chains, take part in a mutiny, become a pirate captain and fool the world in what just might be the most outrageous and unbelievable true story in Australia’s convict history.

A true tale for old and young.


 

Lion: A Long Way Cover Image, Long Way HomeHome

Saroo Brierley
Penguin Books
ISBN 9780143572305
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 22.99
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One evening, five-year-old Saroo left his poor village home in India to watch his older brother work at the next town's train station.  Lost and alone on an unfamiliar train, he found himself taken across the country and deposited in a strange city, unable to explain who he was or where he was from. He'd arrived in Calcutta and was taken in by a government agency. After failed attempts to find his family, Saroo was adopted by an Australian couple, the Brierleys, and taken to start a new life in Hobart.  As an adult he never forgot his Indian roots and kept trying to work out where he came from. With the advent of Google Earth, his long inquiry began to bear fruit: as the technology improved, he was able to find what he thought was his home neighbourhood of Ganesh Talai - and go in search of his family. Even more astonishingly, he found them.


Discovering HobartCover Image, Jellyfish

Warren Glover
Tas Food Books
ISBN 9780994576101
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 34.95
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The book we have been waiting for.  Discovering Hobart looks at historic Hobart street-by-street, with photographs old and new.  A well-priced gift for locals and visitors to our beautiful city.


Flames of FearCover Image, Jellyfish

Roger McNeice OAM
Wellington Bridge Press
ISBN 9781921767227    
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 75.00
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A photographic and documentary history of the fear and devastation caused by bushfires in Tasmania since 1820. Covering the major bushfires which regularly devastated towns and rural farms during 1854, 1897-1898, 1933-1934, 1967, 2013, and Including previously unpublished material on the 1967 disaster.


Hop Kilns of Tasmania Cover image, Community

Pen Tayler
40 Degrees South
ISBN 9780994464330
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 60.00
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Given the current popularity of Tasmania's wine, whisky, gin and boutique beer industries, a new book on the hop kilns of Tasmania is a timely reminder of the origins of the state's alcohol industry. Hop growing has been a significant part of Tasmania's agricultural and cultural history since early colonial times. Although the Derwent River Valley is now considered the predominant hop growing area in the state, hops have been grown from the north to the south as well as in the east of the state. In this new publication, Pen Tayler brings to life the history of the hop kilns on 12 properties, tracing the highs and lows of the industry and its effect on those who relied on it. To dry the hops, farmers built hop kilns from local materials. The kilns reflected the energy, confidence and ingenuity of those who invested their futures in them. Today hops are dried in large, characterless sheds, and many of the old kilns have succumbed to the ravages of time. Some of these intriguing buildings remain, however, and Tayler's haunting photographs show that, although the kilns are often in poor condition, they retain a sense of the life they once contained, and of those who dried the hops in the heat and the dust.


From the Menu: HobartCover image, Community

Philip Kuruvita
(self published)
ISBN 9780992348557
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 49.95
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Hobart is a city that is riding the crest of a wave of interest, expansion and positive energy. This change in attitude has been by eager restaurateurs with both hands. Bespoke restaurants, specialty farmers and producers, and hipster coffee shops work together to create a foodie destination that is drawing people from all over the country and from all over the world. This book will make the perfect gift for anyone with links to Hobart, and includes some stunning scenic photography interspersed with recipes from Hobart's key restaurants and vineyards.


The Abels Volume 1 (2nd ed.)Cover Image, Jellyfish

Bill Wilkinson
Tasmanian Outdoors
ISBN 9780995367357
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 39.95
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This highly anticipated and comprehensive guide is now released in its second edition, covering Tasmania's Mountains over 1100 metres high.


Coast - TasmaniaCover Image, Jellyfish

Andrew Wilson
Fullers
ISBN 9780992303686
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 79.95
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This brand new, large format coffee table book presents an innovative and dramatic view of Tasmania, and captures its freshness, wildness, and beauty.

Renowned Tasmanian photographer, Andrew Wilson, has spent many years documenting the entirety of the beautiful, dramatic coastline of Australia’s only island state, and this luminous book is the result.  A wonderful complement to Andrew’s first two books, the swashbuckling Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania volumes 1 & 2.


A Bone of Fact
Cover Image, Jellyfish

David Walsh
Picador
ISBN 9781742612911
Hardback 2014
Price $AU 55.00
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David Walsh - the creator of Mona in Hobart - is both a giant and an enigma in the Australian art world. A multi-millionaire who made his money gambling, David has turned a wild vision into a unique reality; he is in turns controversial, mysterious and idolised. A Bone of Fact is his utterly unconventional and absorbing memoir.

Winner of ABIA Australian Biography of the Year 2015.


Repression, Reform & Resilience: A history of the Cascades Female FactoryCover Image, Jellyfish

Alison Alexander (ed)
Convict Women's Press
ISBN 9780995359901
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 35.00
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Repression, Reform & Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory tells the story of the Cascades site: its beginnings as a whiskey distillery, through its grim time as a prison for female convicts, then as an institution for poor and unfortunate people ranging from orphans to lunatics and the elderly. From 1905 it was used for activities such as tennis and making aloe boxes and wine, but from 1977 the crumbling ruins were protected and restored. Today the Female Factory is a World Heritage site, popular with tourists and greatly prized for its historic importance.
Repression, Reform & Resilience: a history of the Cascades Female Factory is compiled by Female Convicts Research Centre members and edited by Alison Alexander.


Romeo's GunCover Image, Lure of the Thylacine

David Owen
Fullers
ISBN 9780994561152     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 22.95
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Pufferfish - aka Detective Inspector Franz Heineken - remains haunted by his failure to apprehend the killer of a young Hobart woman.  He absorbs himself in the mystery disappearance of Romeo Ferrari, whose bloodied clues - including a gun -  link Romeo to the death of a  cop and an international drug cartel war. Across the wilds of Tasmania, from the majestic Central Plateau to remote Arthur River and using his intimate knowledge of the the island's people, Pufferfish aims himself at the increasingly dangerous mystery of Romeo's gun, and at the evil predator stalking his patch.


Old Sea Dogs 2Cover Image, Art Making

Andrew Wilson
TasFood Books
ISBN 9780992303631     
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 49.95
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After a much anticipated wait, bestselling author Andrew Wilson has finally completed his second book in the Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania. Book 2 features a tender load of 'new’ Old Sea Dogs and seascapes from all around Tasmania, including remote destinations such as King Island, Flinders Island, Port Davey as well as stories on the world renowned Franklin Wooden Boat Town, The Australian Wooden Boat Festival, The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and much much more. Captured in glorious black and white and for the first time, colour photography, Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania 2 is a striking and beautiful book that includes 5 fold-out sections.


Locomotive Enginemen of TasmaniaCover Image, Lure of the Thylacine

Nick Anchen
Sierra Publishing
ISBN 9780992538835     
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 49.95
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Locomotive Enginemen of Tasmania is a tribute to the men at the coal face of Tasmania's railways, whose fascinating stories paint a vivid picture of days long gone, from a time when the 'iron roads' were crucial to the fortunes of the state. Stories from nine Tasmanian enginemen, who worked all manner of trains throughout the state from the 1940s to the 1980s are featured in this pictorial book. From Hobart suburbans to Fingal coal trains, to the glamorous Tasman Limited and from the Garratts of the Emu Bay Railway to the Mount Lyell Rack - these men saw it all. A wonderful addition to the library for the train enthusiast.


The Field of DreamsCover image, Nicholas Shakespeare's In Tasmania

Mark Clemens
(self published)
ISBN 9780646957654
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 70.00
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The Field of Dreams is the first book ever written about Mt. Field, Tasmania’s oldest national park and one of Australia’s most beloved.  The book is a series of essays describing journeys on foot into this exceptional national park. They delve deeply into the personal and universal connection with natural places.  The 29th of August 2016 marks the centenary of the proclamation of Tasmania's oldest national park and this book celebrates this historic occasion.


Convict TattoosCover Image, Lure of the Thylacine

Simon Barnard
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781925410235
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 39.99
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At least thirty-seven per cent of male convicts and fifteen per cent of female convicts were tattooed by the time they arrived in the penal colonies, making Australians quite possibly the world's most heavily tattooed English-speaking people of the nineteenth century. Each convict's details, including their tattoos, were recorded when they disembarked, providing an extensive physical account of Australia's convict men and women. This book reveals a rich pictorial history. Simon Barnard was born and raised in Launceston, and spent a lot of time in the bush as a boy, which led to an interest in Tasmanian history. He is a writer, illustrator and collector of colonial artifacts.


Lure of the ThylacineCover Image, Lure of the Thylacine

Col Bailey
Echo
ISBN 9781760400880     
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 32.95
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Speculation by an ever-growing band of Tasmanian tiger devotees that the thylacine still exists has not wavered, despite the dogmatic stance by the scientific fraternity that the animal is extinct. This collection of actual accounts and anecdotal yarns originated from discussions the author had with an old Tasmanian tiger trapper, Reg Trigg, who in the early days of the twentieth century established a mutual friendship with Lucy, a tiger he rescued from a trap. Covering a century and a half during which this animal's status has changed from being a despised sheep killer to a magnificent survivor, these enthralling stories are for both the curious and the enthusiast. A collection of wonderful stories, yarns and tales by Australia's pre-eminent tiger enthusiast.


The Last Wild Trout

The Last Wild TroutGreg French
Affirm Press
ISBN 9781925344561    
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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The Last Wild Trout is an entertaining and intrepid adventure seeking out the last truly wild trout fisheries around the world. Casting his line in 20 far-flung locations, Greg takes in Tasmania, New Zealand, Iceland, the British Isles, Mongolia, Slovenia, British Columbia, Wyoming, California, Patagonia, Nevada, Alaska and Hokkaido all in search of the species that can still be called wild trout.
Each chapter in this evocative and beautifully-illustrated book focuses on one species or subspecies of trout, and includes a compelling human narrative in Greg’s gregarious and inimitable style. With the deft touch of an expert fisher, Greg beautifully balances the scientific with the personal, the practical with reverie, and the conservation with travel narrative.


WildlightCover Image, Wildlight

Robyn Mundy
Picador
ISBN 9781743537909
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 32.99
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Sixteen-year-old Stephanie West has been dragged from Sydney to remote Maatsuyker Island off the coast of Tasmania by her parents, hoping to come to terms with their grief over the death of Steph's twin brother. Cut off from friends and the comforts of home, Steph's saviour is Tom Forrest, a 19-year-old deckhand aboard a crayfishing boat. When the weather allows, Tom visits the island, and he and Steph soon form an attraction. Wildlight is an exquisite, vividly detailed exploration of the wayward journey of adolescence, and how the intense experience of a place can change the course of even the most well-planned life.


Field Guide To Tasmanian BirdsCover Image, Field Guide To Tasmanian Birds

Dave Watts
New Holland
ISBN 9781876334604    
Paperback 2003
Price $AU 32.99
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This comprehensive field guide combines information to aid the identification of birds found in Tasmania with photographs of each species in its natural habitat.  Bird entries are organized into six groups: waterbirds; birds of prey; rails and hens; waders; gulls and terns; owls, parrots and kingfishers; and songbirds.  Each entry includes: information on identification, behaviour, voice, habitat, and breeding, accompanied by a colour photograph and distribution map.


Corruption and SkullduggeryCover Image, Corruption

Alison Alexander
ISBN 9780646941158
Trade Paperback 2015
Price $AU 50.00
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In 1805 Maria Riseley was single, poor, pregnant and working in a female factory. Then Edward Lord arrives. A lieutenant in the marines, he was posted to a tiny settlement called Hobart Town, where women are scarce. So he has come to Sydney, a much more promising field. This is a story not just about two people from different social classes making their way in a new society; Alison uses their story to shine a light on early government in Van Diemen's Land, exposing the corruption and skullduggery that went on at all levels of administration, from the top down.


Beyond the SandstoneCover Image, Beyond the Sandstone

John Pithouse
ISBN 9780646932163
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 35.00
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An account of the pioneering role played by the Parsons brothers of Caveside in the opening up of the Chudleigh Lakes area of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers to the world of fishing, tourism and adventure. Beyond The Sandstone tells a variety of stories about local people from the Highlands and Lowlands in the late 1800s and mid-1900s.


Hobart

cover image hobart

Kudelka
ISBN 9780980450828
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 20.00
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Award-winning cartoonist Jon Kudelka shares his sketchy love letter to Australia's southernmost capital city with a series of watercolours from the heart.


Musquito: Brutality and ExileCover Image, Jellyfish

Michael Powell
Fullers
ISBN 9780994561138
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 40.00
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Musquito was an aborigine who was active in the resistance to white settlement in NSW and was exiled to Norfolk Island in 1813.
When Norfolk Island residents were moved to Van Diemen's Land he became a well known figure in and around Hobart and he became responsible for organising the Tasmanians against white settlement.  He was hanged for his part in the murders that occurred at Grindstone Bay in 1825.  This book explores the legend of this remarkable resistance warrior.


Tarkine Trails

cover image tarkine trails

Phil Pullinger
Bob Brown Foundation
ISBN 9780994466907
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 39.95
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Tarkine Trails / takayna makuminya has 100 bushwalking trails complete with colour maps, 10 mountain bike trails and 17 paddling trips. This definitive guide has contributions from more than 30 experts including lead author Phill Pullinger, a foreword by Bob Brown, an introduction by Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary’s owner Greg Irons, and an essay on Aboriginal Heritage of takayna / Tarkine written by Ruth Langford.


Van Diemen's Land: An Aboriginal History

Cover Image, Van Diemens Land

Murray Johnson & Ian McFarlane
New South
ISBN 9781742234212
Trade Paperback 2015
Price $AU 39.99
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The history of Aborigines in Van Diemen's Land is long. The first Tasmanians lived in isolation for as many as 300 generations after the flooding of Bass Strait. Their struggle against almost insurmountable odds is one worthy of respect and admiration, not to mention serious attention. This broad-ranging book is a comprehensive and critical account of that epic survival up to the present day. Starting from antiquity, the book examines the devastating arrival of Europeans and subsequent colonisation, warfare and exile. It emphasises the regionalism and separateness, a consistent feature of Aboriginal life since time immemorial that has led to the distinct identities we see in the present, including the unique place of the islanders of Bass Strait. Carefully researched, using the findings of archaeologists and extensive documentary evidence, some only recently uncovered, this important book fills a long-time gap in Tasmanian history.


The Making of MONACover Image, The Making of MONA

Adrian Franklin
Viking
ISBN 9780670077861    
Hardcover 2014
Price $AU 60.00
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The inside story of Australia's most exciting museum.  MONA has shaken up the art world by breathing life and delight back into the museum experience and is now hailed as the most important addition to the Australian cultural landscape since the opening of the Sydney Opera House.  Visitors are flocking to MONA, but what is it about MONA that makes it such a transformative experience? And how on earth did an amateur private collector manage to set up one of the world's great art destinations on the edge of a remote island city?  This is the inside story of how MONA came to be.


Day Walks TasmaniaCover Image, Day Walks Tasmania

John Chapman & Monica Chapman
ISBN 9781920995119
Paperback 2012
Price $AU 34.95
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Describes 40 walking areas around Tasmania with a total of 98 walk variations.  For each walking area, one walk is described in detail and a series of variations based on the main walk are also given if appropriate.   The book is a full colour production with colour topographic maps and includes a 6 page Walk Index designed to assist with selecting a walk.  Areas covered range from Apsley Gorge, Wineglass Bay, Cape Raoul, Cape Huay, Mt Wellington, Hartz Mountains, South Cape Bay, Mt Field, Mt Anne, Cradle Mountain, Ben Lomond, Mt Arthur, Cataract Gorge, Asbestos Range, Liffey Falls, Meander Falls, Mersey Valley, Mt Roland, Black Bluff, Dial Range and Rocky Cape.


Optimism: Reflections on a Life of ActionCover image, Bob Brown

Bob Brown
Hardie Grant Local
ISBN 9781743790687
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 24.99
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This book reflects on the simple things, the moments that are meaningful, and the big questions that have concerned Bob Brown and inspired him to achieve. It is a powerful book as well as a meditation on the great and the small. Inspirational, compassionate, outraged, Bob Brown's stories are rich with metaphor, entertaining and full of warmth. A great promoter of activism he is keen for all to experience life as richly as he has. Although he has seen much of the world through the prism of politics he still believes that there is reason to believe that the changes he has pursued can be made and will be for the better. His stories reveal a complex man with a quick wit and a joy for life. "It is a fortunate life if a person feels more optimistic than ever before. That's me." Bob Brown


The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in TasmaniaCover image, Black War

Nicholas Clements
University of Queensland Press
ISBN 9780702250064
Paperback 2014
Price $AU 34.95
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'At its core, The Black War is a story about two peoples who just wanted to be free of each other...sooner or later Europeans and Aborigines were bound to clash, but it was Tasmania's unique circumstances that turned this encounter into a 'war of extermination'.

Between 1825 and 1831 close to 200 Britons and 1000 Aborigines died violently in Tasmania's Black War. It was by far the most intense frontier conflict in Australia's history, yet many Australians know little about it. The Black War takes a unique approach to this historic event, looking chiefly at the experiences and attitudes of those who took part in the conflict. By contrasting the perspectives of colonists and Aborigines, Nicholas Clements takes a deeply human look at the events that led to the shocking violence and tragedy of the war, detailing raw personal accounts that shed light on the tribes, families and individuals involved as they struggled to survive in their turbulent world.


The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthCover image, Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan
Random House Australia
ISBN 9780857980366
Paperback 2014
Price $AU 19.99
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A novel of the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life, and the impossibility of love. August, 1943, in the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, cholera, and beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost. 

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014.


Tasmanian Shipwrecks: Volume 1 1797-1899Cover image, Tasmanian Shipwrecks

Graeme Broxam and Michael Nash
Navarine Publishing
ISBN 9780975133187
Hardback 2012 (revised edition)
Price $AU 60.00
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As an island colony and later state of the Commonwealth of Australia, Tasmania has always been fundamentally dependent on shipping services to connect it with the outside world. However, lying in the path of the winds known as the 'Roaring Forties', the waters around Tasmania have proved treacherous to mariners. Since the wreck of the Sydney Cove in 1797, over 1000 vessels of all sizes are known to have been lost in Tasmanian waters. Studies carried out by the authors have gathered a wealth of material on these shipwrecks. Based on original documents, Tasmanian Shipwrecks: Volume1 is a comprehensive account of the circumstances of these losses up until the end of the 19th century.


Abandoned Women: Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the SeasCover image, Abandoned Women

Lucy Frost
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760290269
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 22.99
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In the early 19th century crofters and villagers streamed into the burgeoning cities of Scotland. Orphan girls, single mothers, women with feckless husbands and widows all struggled to feed and clothe themselves, and were left with few options other than theft and prostitution. Anxious to quell the rising tide of petty crime, the Scottish authorities imposed harsh sentences, consigning these women - and often their children too - for transportation to the Australian colonies.

Lucy Frost tells the stories of the lives of a boatload of women and their children who arrived in Hobart in 1838. While convict men of that period worked in road gangs, the women were assigned as domestic servants, seamstresses or to work in dairies, and were often ill-treated by their employers. Some managed to snare a good husband once they'd earned their tickets of leave, and became solid citizens. For others errors and disasters continued to plague their lives in the colony.


As I Was SayingCover image, As I Was Saying

Robert Dessaix
Vintage
ISBN 9781742753072
Paperback 2012
Price $AU 27.95
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As I Was Saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Punctuated at regular intervals by talks Dessaix has given on a wide range of subjects, as well as by some of his most incisive journalism, the conversation invites the reader to join a leisurely guided tour of his chamber of curiosities, featuring pieces collected all over the globe from across the centuries.


The Roving PartyCover image, The Roving Party

Rohan Wilson
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781743314111
Paperback 2012
Price $AU 19.99
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Winner of the 2011 Vogel Literary Award, Rohan Wilson's novel is a surprisingly beautiful evocation of horror and brutality: a meditation on the intricacies of human nature at its most raw. The Roving Party is a historical novel tackling the story of John Batman in Tasmania in the 1830s.

The roving party consists of Batman, ruthless, single-minded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought up from childhood as a white man. Their purpose is massacre, and with promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk his life for the prize.


Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a Lost Tasmanian WildernessCover image, Pedder Dreaming

Natasha Cica
UQP
ISBN 9780702236723
Hardback 2011
Price $AU 59.95
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In 1972 Lake Pedder in Tasmania's untamed south-west was flooded to build a dam. Wildlife photographer Olegas Truchanas, who had spent years campaigning passionately to save the magnificent fresh water lake, had finally lost. The campaign, the first of its kind in Australia, paved the way for later conservation successes, and turned Truchanas into a Tasmanian legend. Truchanas, a Lithuanian emigre, is a stalwart adventurer, loving family man, activist, thinker, survivor and artist. Through those who were closest to him, Truchanas emerges, as does his influence on early conservation in Tasmania, and the small group of landscape artists, the Sunday Group, who admired his passion for the lake and were inspired by it.

Stunningly illustrated with original Truchanas photographs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, and artwork from the Sunday Group, Pedder Dreaming captures the brutality, raw beauty and vulnerability of the Tasmanian wilderness and the legacy of one man who had the vision to fight for it.


HobartCover image, Hobart

Peter Timms
New South Books
ISBN 9781921410543
Hardback 2009
Price $AU 29.95
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Peter Timms leads us on a journey through his adopted city of Hobart, Australia's smallest, most southerly, least prosperous, but arguably most beautiful state capital. He reveals a city in transition, shaking off its dark and troubled past to claim its special place in the contemporary world. From Hobart's convict legacy, its spectacular natural setting, heritage architecture and climate, to crime rates, economic hardship and the recent disfigurements of the developers, Timms brings a wealth of fresh insights, exploring the city with a mixture of affection, admiration, frustration and sadness, interviewing a wide range of residents along the way.

Those who have experienced Hobart as tourists will be surprised and intrigued by the lively, complex society this book reveals. Those who live here will surely discover their city anew.


Camping Guide to Tasmania (4th edition)Cover image, Nicholas Shakespeare's In Tasmania

Craig Lewis
Boiling Billy Productions
ISBN 9781922131317
Paperback 2013
Price $AU 29.99
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Experience the very best camping destinations in Tasmania with this full-colour, fully updated and detailed directory to over 200 campsites. It has a comprehensive listing of more than 50 parks, forests and reserves where you can pitch your tent, roll out your swag or unhitch your van. This edition provides concise and accurate details to camping areas throughout the state, including some of Australia's most celebrated bush and mountain areas such as Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair and Freycinet National Parks.


In TasmaniaCover image, Nicholas Shakespeare's In Tasmania

Nicholas Shakespeare
Vintage
ISBN 9781741669060
Paperback 2006
Price $AU 19.95
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In Tasmania on holiday, novelist and Chatwin biographer Nicholas Shakespeare discovered a house on a 9-mile beach and instantly decided this was where he wanted to live. He didn't know then that his ancestor was the corrupt and colourful Anthony Fenn Kemp, now known as ‘the Father of Tasmania', or that he would find relatives living on the island.

Shakespeare interweaves his personal journey into a new-found paradise with a brilliant account of the two turbulent centuries of Tasmania's history in this fascinating and timely book.


Infamy

Cover Image, Jellyfish

Lenny Bartulin
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781743316115
Trade Paperback 2013
Price $AU 29.99
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William Burr, the son of an English settler in South America, had a steady job hunting mahogany pirates in British Honduras. One day, injured and recovering after a jungle skirmish, he receives a letter from John McQuillan, his old friend and now Chief Police Magistrate in Hobart Town, with the offer of a reward for the capture of a notorious outlaw: and so Burr sets sail for the Antipodes, though with little idea of what to expect. He arrives in Van Diemen's Land, the most isolated and feared penal colony of the British Empire, in 1830 to find a world of corruption, brutality and mystical beauty.

A brilliant and beguiling Australian Western by a writer of astonishing talent.


The Library at the End of the WorldCover Image, Long Way Home

Anita Hansen & Margaret Davies (editors)
The Royal Society of Tasmania
ISBN 9780992516208
Paperback 2014
Price $AU 50.00
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The Royal Society of Tasmania was founded in 1843and the artworks selected for this book are from the volumes held in the Rare Books Collection of The Royal Society of Tasmania Library.  The science behind the magnificent volumes is examined, as well as  considering the artists who created the beautiful images. The volume starts with an historical overview and is divided into sections on vascular plants, lichens, orchids, crustaceans, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals with introductions from expects in those fields.


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