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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 Tasmanian 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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Hobart, Tasmania 7000

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Upcoming Events

Book Launch: The Book of Stone (Coral Tulloch & Mark Greenwood)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday October 30th

Book Fair

Battery Point Community Hall, 52 Hampden Road, 9.00am - 3.00pm, Saturday November 2nd

Book Launch: Forgotten Corners (Pete Hay)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday November 6th

Book Launch: How to Belong (Anne Collins)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday November 20th

Book Launch: The Pakana Voice (Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta and Dr Ian Broinowski)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday November 28th

For more information, click here.


News

2019 Booker Prize

Winners: The Testaments (Margaret Atwood) and Girl, Woman, Other (Bernardine Evaristo)
Ducks, Newburyport
(Lucy Ellmann)
An Orchestra of Minorities
(Chigozie Obioma)
Quichotte
(Salman Rushdie)
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
(Elif Shafak)

For more information, visit the Man Booker website.

2019 Premier's Literary Awards Shortlist

For further details, click here.

2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlist

For further details, click here.

2019 Ned Kelly Awards

Best Crime: The Lost Man (Jane Harper)
Best First Fiction: The Rúin (Dervla McTiernan)
Best True Crime: Eggshell Skull (Bri Lee)

For more information, visit the Australian Crime Writers Association website


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Pick of the month


The TestamentsCover Image, The Testaments

Margaret Atwood
Chatto & Windus
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781784742324
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 30.00
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**Special sale price**

In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred? More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Winner of the Booker Prize 2019.

New releases


Bruny

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Heather Rose
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760875169
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.


The Secret Commonwealth

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Philip Pullman
Penguin
Genre: Children's book
ISBN 9780241373347
Trade Paperpack 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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The second volume of Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.


The Dutch House

Cover Image, The Dutch House

Ann Patchett
Bloomsbury
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781526614957
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Told with Ann Patchett’s inimitable blend of wit and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives, and the lives of those who survive us.


The Cockroach

Cover Image, The Cockroach

Ian McEwan
Arrow
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781529112924
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 16.99
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Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis. In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain - and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way: not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy.


Penny Wong: Passion and Principle

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Margaret Simons
Black Inc.
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781760640859
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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Senator Penny Wong is an extraordinary Australian politician. Resolute, self-possessed and a penetrating thinker on subjects from workplace relations to foreign affairs, she is admired by members of parliament and the public from across the political divide.


Cilka's Journey

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Heather Morris
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760686048
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Based on what is known of Cilka's time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps, Cilka's Journey is the breathtaking sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz.


Fleishman is in Trouble

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Hachette
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781472267061
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Finally free from his nightmare of a marriage, Toby Fleishman is ready for a life of online dating and weekend-only parental duties. But as he optimistically looks to a future that is wildly different from the one he imagined, his life turns upside-down as his ex-wife, Rachel, suddenly disappears. If he ever wants to really understand where Rachel went and what really happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen it all that clearly in the first place.


Chanel: The making of a collection

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Laetitia Cenac
Abrams
Genre: Fashion
ISBN 9781419740084
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 49.99
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Chanel: The Making of a Collection traces the design process of the most world-renowned fashion house, revealing how a collection is created and brought to life. 


Mythologica

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Steve Kershaw & Victoria Topping
Wide Eyed Editions
Genre: Children's book
ISBN 9781786031921
Hardcover 2019
Price $AU 35.00
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An illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other. Uncover the colourful lives of 50 powerful gods, goddesses, earth-dwelling mortals and terrifying monsters as you journey back in time to ancient Greece.


The Shared Table

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Clare Scrine
Smith Street Books
Genre: Cooking
ISBN 9781925811247
Flexicover 2019
Price $AU 39.99
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The Shared Table is a warm and inviting vegan and vegetarian cookbook that is also a celebration of shared homes and their most iconic dishes – the food designed to feed the crowd, without breaking the bank.


We Are the Weather

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Jonathan Safran Foer
Penguin Books
Genre: Sustainability
ISBN 9780241405956
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 35.00
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A significant proportion of global carbon emissions come from farming meat. Foer argues that cutting out meat for one meal per day is enough to change the world. We are the Weather is an accessible invitation to a clear solution to reduce carbon emissions that can be put into practice straight away. 


Banking Bad

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Adele Ferguson
ABC Books
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9780733340116
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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In 2018, against all the odds, Australia held a royal commission into the banking and financial services industries. Its revelations rocked the nation. Banking Bad tells the full story of the power imbalance, toxic culture and cover-ups.


Talking To Strangers

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Malcolm Gladwell
Allen Lane
Genre: Psychology
ISBN 9780241351574
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 35.00
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Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie?  From little-known stories to infamous legal cases, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected, including a spy who spent years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the man who saw through the fraudster Bernie Madoff, the suicide of the poet Sylvia Plath and the false conviction of Amanda Knox.


On Fire

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Naomi Klein
Allen Lane
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9780241410738
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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The fight for a green world is the fight of our lives. And with On Fire, Naomi Klein shows us how the only way forward out of a polluted world of our own making is only through policy reform - a concrete set of actions to combat the mounting threat of total environmental catastrophe. What’s needed, she argues, is something with radical verve and guaranteed protections: in other words, a New Deal.


North Korea Journal

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Michael Palin
Hutchinson
Genre: Travel
ISBN 9781786331908
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a cut-off land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside has barely moved beyond a centuries-old peasant economy but where the cities have gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious underground train stations. His resulting documentary for Channel 5 was widely acclaimed.


Paris Savages

Cover Image, Paris Savages

Katherine Johnson
Ventura
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781925384703
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Fraser Island, 1882. The population of the Badtjala people is in sharp decline following a run of brutal massacres. When German scientist Louis Müller offers to sail three Badtjala people – Bonny, Jurano and Dorondera – to Europe to perform to huge crowds, the proud and headstrong Bonny agrees, hoping to bring his people’s plight to the Queen of England.


The Rich Man's House

Cover Image, The Rich Man's House

Andrew McGahan
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760529826
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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n the freezing Antarctic waters south of Tasmania, a mountain was discovered in 1642 by the seafaring explorer Gerrit Jansz. Not just any mountain but one that Jansz estimated was an unbelievable height of twenty-five thousand metres. In 2016, at the foot of this unearthly mountain, a controversial and ambitious ‘dream home’, the Observatory, is painstakingly constructed by an eccentric billionaire - the only man to have ever reached the summit.


The Last of Her Kind

Cover Image, The Rich Man's House

Sigrid Nunez
Virago
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780349012834
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 22.99
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It is Columbia University, 1968. Ann Drayton and Georgette George meet as roommates on the first night. Ann is rich and radical; Georgette is leery and introverted, a child of the very poverty and strife her new friend finds so noble. The two are drawn together by their differences; two years later, after a violent fight, they part ways.


Quichotte

Cover Image, Quichotte

Salman Rushdie
Jonathan Cape
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781787331921
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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In a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age. Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirise the culture of his time, Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse, with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of his work.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.


Shipwrecks in Australian Waters 1622-1850

Cover Image, Through Ice & Fire

Michael Nash & Graeme Boxon
Navarine Publishing
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9780992366087
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 49.95
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All known shipwrecks in Australia, including Tasmanian shipwrecks. Based on original documents, this publication is the most comprehensive account to date of the circumstances of these maritime losses up until the end of 1850.  Lavishly illustrated, large format.


Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous AustraliaCover Image, Through Ice & Fire

Bill Arthur & Frances Morphy
Macquarie
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9781760556587
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 79.99
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The Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia is a unique tool for exploring and understanding the lives and cultures of Australia’s First Peoples.  This updated second edition opens a window onto the landscape of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives, from over 60 000 years ago to the present time.     


The Last BushrangersCover Image, Through Ice & Fire

Mike Munro
Harper Collins
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9781460756850
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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The story of the Kenniffs has fascinated Mike Munro for decades, ever since he found out these murderous bushrangers were his family.  Easter Sunday, 1902, deep in the Carnarvon Ranges a police constable and station manager are slain then later incinerated, their remains stuffed into saddlebags; starving and exhausted after three long months on the run, the brothers are finally captured, and so the wheels of justice start to turn.


The GirlsCover Image, The Girls

Chloe Higgins
Picador
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781760782238
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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In 2005, Chloe Higgins was seventeen years old. She and her mother, Rhonda, stayed home so that she could revise for her exams while her two younger sisters Carlie and Lisa went skiing with their father. On the way back from their trip, their car veered off the highway, flipped on its side and burst into flames. Both her sisters were killed. Their father walked away from the accident with only minor injuries. This book is about what happened next.


Failing NatureCover Image, The Yield

William J. Lines
Envirobook
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9780858812550
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 35.00
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For several decades The Wilderness Society defined the meaning of protecting nature in Australia.  This book charts the rise and fall of this progressive conservation group.


SaltCover Image, The Yield

Bruce Pascoe
Black Inc
Genre: Aboriginal
ISBN 9781760641580
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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This volume collects the best and most celebrated stories and essays of award winning author Bruce Pascoe.  Ranging across his long career, his work explore his enduring fascination with Australia’s landscape, culture, land management and history.


On Eating MeatCover Image, Plots and Prayers

Matthew Evans
Murdoch Books
Genre: Cooking/Sustainability
ISBN 9781760637699
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Think beef is killing the world? What about asparagus farms? Or golf?   Going vegan might be all the rage, but the fact is the world has an ever-growing, insatiable appetite for meat - especially cheap meat. Former food critic and chef, now Tasmanian farmer and restaurateur, Matthew Evans grapples with the thorny issues around the ways we produce and consume animals.


Plots and PrayersCover Image, Plots and Prayers

Nikki Savva
Scribe
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9781925849189
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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On 21 August 2018, 35 Liberal MPs cast their vote against Malcolm Turnbull, effectively signalling the end of his leadership. Three days later, the deed was done, and Scott Morrison was anointed prime minister. Turnbull’s road ended in ruins, as it was always bound to and as he always knew it would, as he predicted to Niki Savva less than three years before it happened.


No One is Too Small to Make a Difference

Cover Image, Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg
Gollancz
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9780141991740
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 5.99
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'Everything needs to change. And it has to start today’ In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.


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