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Here you can find an overview of our range.  New titles arrive in-store each week -- too many to list -- so please use our Book Enquiry Form or phone us on 61+03 6223 1803 if you can't find the book you are after.  

Our specialty Tasmaniana selection is huge and complemented with a selection of secondhand titles for those wanting older books about our island's fascinating history and many intriguing stories.

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Upcoming Events

Book Launch: Jilda's Ark (Verity Croker)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Wednesday February 27th

For more information, click here.

Book Launch: Rise of the Right (Greg Barns)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Wednesday March 6th

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News

2019 Indie Book Awards

Fiction: Bridge of Clay (Markus Zusak)
Non-Fiction: The Arsonist (Chloe Hooper)
Illustrated Non-Fiction: Welcome to Country (Marcia Langton)
Debut Fiction: Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton)
Children's: Lenny's Book of Everything (Karen Foxlee)
Young Adult: A Song Only I Can Hear (Barry Jonsberg)

For further information visit the Indie Book Awards website.

2019 Stella Prize Longlist

Little Gods (Jenny Ackland)
Man Out of TIme (Stephanie Bishop)
Bluebottle (Belinda Castles)
The Bridge (Enza Gandolfo)
The Arsonist (Chloe Hooper)
The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones)
Pink Mountain on Locust Island (Jamie Marina Lau)
The Erratics (Vicki Laveau-Harvie)
Eggshell Skull (Bri Lee)
Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko)
Axiomatic (Maria Tumarkin)
The World Was Whole (Fiona Wright)

For more information, visit the Stella Prize website.


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Pick of the month


The Four Horsemen

Cover Image, Four Horsemen

Dawkins, Dennett, Harris & Hitchens
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9780593080399
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 24.99
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Known as the ‘four horsemen’ of New Atheism, these four big thinkers of the twenty-first century met only once. Their electrifying examination of ideas on this remarkable occasion was intense and wide-ranging. Everything that was said as they agreed and disagreed with one another, interrogated ideas and exchanged insights – about religion and atheism, science and sense – speaks with urgency to our present age. Questions they asked of each other included: ‘Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? Are there any truths you would rather not know? Would you want to see the end of faith?’ The dialogue was recorded, and is now transcribed and presented here with new introductions from the surviving three horsemen.

New releases


The Freedom ArtistCover Image, Freedom Artist

Ben Okri
Head of Zeus
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781788549608
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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An impassioned plea for freedom and justice, set in a world uncomfortably like our own.  In Ben Okri’s most significant novel since the Man Booker-winning The Famished Road, a young woman is arrested for speaking four simple words - Who is the Prisoner? This question resonates throughout the novel, and by the end it has become the question every reader has to ask themselves. The answer is implicit in the revelation at the heart of the story.


Death on the DerwentCover Image, Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Robin Bowles
Scribe
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9781925713176
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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When Bob Chappell disappeared from his yacht, moored in the Derwent Estuary near the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's marina, on the night of 26 January 2009, he left behind his pipe and tobacco — something that his partner of 18 years, Sue Neill-Fraser, knew he would never willingly do. What she didn't know was that despite no body, no weapon, no cause of death, and no witnesses, she would soon become the only suspect in Chappell’s disappearance.


The Largesse of the Sea MaidenCover Image, Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Denis Johnson
Vintage
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781784708177
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 19.99
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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson, author of the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus’ Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson’s death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.


Rise of the RightCover Image, Winners Take All

Greg Barns
Hardie Grant
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9781743795422
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 24.99
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To those who think of Australia as a highly successful democracy that has built a diverse society with respect for liberal values, a proposition that this is all at risk might seem alarmist. But the history of the past two decades in this country's political and social narrative, and now the global trend towards isolation, protectionism and authoritarianism, as well as the 'them and us' fear-mongering happening around the world, ought to raise the question as to whether the foundations of Australian liberal democracy are so secure that we are immune to the threats without and within. Rise of the Right is a fascinating account from one of Australia's leading political journalists and is essential reading for anyone interested in Australian politics.


Accidental FeministsCover Image, Winners Take All

Jane Caro
Melbourne University Press
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9780522872835
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Women over fifty-five are of the generation that changed everything. We didn’t expect to. Or intend to. We weren’t brought up much differently from the women who came before us, and we rarely identified as feminists, although almost all of us do now. Accidental Feminists is our story. It explores how the world we lived in - with the pill and a regular pay cheque - transformed us and how, almost in spite of ourselves, we revolutionised the world.


The FriendCover Image, Winners Take All

Sigrid Nunez
Virago
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780349012810
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 22.99
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When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. Winner of the 2018 National Book Award.


Winners Take AllCover Image, Winners Take All

Anand Giridharadas
Allen Lane
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9780241400722
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Why should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? An insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.


Black Leopard, Red WolfCover Image, Art Making

Marlon James
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780241315583
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter - and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy. Drawing from vivid African history and mythology, Marlon James - previous winner of the Man Booker prize - weaves a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue.


The Orchardist's DaughterCover Image, Art Making

Karen Viggers
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760630584
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Sixteen-year-old Mikaela has grown up isolated and homeschooled on an apple orchard in southeastern Tasmania, until an unexpected event shatters her family. Eighteen months later, she and her older brother Kurt are running a small business in a timber town. Miki longs to make connections and spend more time in her beloved forest, but she is kept a virtual prisoner by Kurt, who leads a secret life of his own.


Among the LostCover Image, Art Making

Emiliano Monge
Scribe
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781925322804
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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In the desolate wastelands between the sierra and the jungle, under an all-seeing, unforgiving sun, a single day unfolds as relentlessly as those that have gone before. People are trafficked and brutalised, illegal migrants are cheated of their money, their dreams, their very names, even as countless others scrabble to cross the border, trying to reach a land they call El Paraíso.


The WallCover Image, Art Making

John Lanchester
Faber & Faber
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780571298723
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are.  But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn't it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life?


Green Shadows and other poemsCover Image, Art Making

Gerald Murnane
Giramondo Publishing
Genre: Poetry
ISBN 9781925336986
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 24.00
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Gerald Murnane, now in his eightieth year, began his writing career as a poet. After many years as a writer of fiction, he returned to poetry a few years ago when he moved to Goroke, in Victoria, after the death of his wife. The forty-five poems collected here speak openly to the reader of the author’s memories, beliefs and experiences, and are an important addition to his internationally recognised body of fiction.


We Are DisplacedCover Image, Art Making

Malala Yousafzai
Orion Publishing
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781474610049
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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We Are Displaced is an important reminder that every single one of the 68.5 million currently displaced is a person with hopes and dreams, and that everyone deserves universal human rights and a safe home.  Malala shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met -girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they’ve ever known.


ErebusCover Image, Art Making

Michael Palin
Century
Genre: Antarctic
ISBN 9781847948137
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 35.00
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Vividly recounting the experiences of the men who first set foot on Antarctica's Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic ice, beyond the reach of desperate rescue missions, Erebus is a wonderfully evocative account of a truly extraordinary adventure, brought to life by a master explorer and storyteller.


Half Moon Lake

Cover Image, Half Moon Lake

Kirsten Alexander
Bantam
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780143792062
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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'They said he was their boy. And so he was…’  In 1913, on a summer’s day at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, four-year-old Sonny Davenport walks into the woods and never returns. Then, at the moment when all hope seems lost, the boy is found in the company of a tramp. But is he truly Sonny Davenport? The circumstances of his discovery raise more questions than answers. 


An Orchestra of Minorities

Cover Image, Binding

Chigozie Obioma
Little Brown
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780349143194
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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In this contemporary twist of Homer’s Odyssey, in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination. 


I Built No Schools in Kenya

Cover Image, Binding

Kirsten Drysdale
Random House
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9780857988546
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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In September 2010, Kirsten Drysdale was tricked. Her friend called with a job offer too curious to refuse: a cruisey-gig as a dementia carer for a rich old man in Kenya. It was only on arrival in Nairobi that she discovered the rich old man’s family was fighting a war around him, and that she would be on the front line.


Queen of Air and Darkness: #3 The Dark Artifices

Cover Image, Binding

Cassandra Clare
Simon and Schuster
Genre: Children's/Young Adult
ISBN 9781471116704
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 27.99
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Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare's Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.


The Binding

Cover Image, Binding

Bridget Collins
Borough Press
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780008288594
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 32.99
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Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice.  He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory.


A Table in the Valley

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Elaine Reeves
Tas Food Books
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9780646992617
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 49.95
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Right on Hobart’s doorstep is the stunning Huon Valley. With an abundance of producers it is possibly one of Australia’s most diverse food regions and historically Tasmania’s most recognised and significant in establishing Tasmania’s international reputation as The Apple Isle.  lncluding delicious seasonal recipes using Huon produce by award-winning chef Steve Cumper. 


The Arsonist

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Chloe Hooper
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9780670078189
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 35.00
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On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed.

Shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2019.


Becoming

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Michelle Obama
Viking
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9780241334140
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 49.99
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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era.  As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history.


Lenny's Book of Everything

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Karen Foxlee
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9781760528706
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 19.99
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Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of the Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world and dream about a life of freedom and adventure. But as Davey's health deteriorates, Lenny realises that some wonders can't be named.

Shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2019.


Top Walks in Tasmania

Cover Image, Jellyfish

Melanie Ball
Explore Australia
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9781741175349
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 34.99
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Experienced travel writer Melanie Ball has hiked every track in this book for walkers of all levels of experience. Included are some of Tasmania's most famous walks, such as the Overland Track and Frenchman's Cap, plus some hidden gems. Most of the tracks can be completed in a few hours, but there are some multi-day walks for those wanting more of a challenge. For each walk there is detailed trail information, a map and photographs.


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