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2019 Premier's Literary Prizes

Tasmania Book Prize: Bridget Crack (Rachel Leary)
Margaret Scott Prize: Flames (Robbie Arnott)
University of Tasmania Prize: The Signal Line (Brendan Colley)
Tasmania Book Prize - People's Choice: Bridget Crack (Rachel Leary)
Margaret Scott Prize - People's Choice: Star-crossed (Minnie Darke)
University of Tasmania Prize - People's Choice: The People's Park (Stephenie Cahalan) and The Clinking (Susie Greenhill)

For further information, click here.

2020 Indie Book Awards Longlist

For further information visit the Indie Book Awards website.

2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Fiction: The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones)
Non-Fiction: Half the Perfect World (Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell)
Australian History: The Bible in Australia (Meredith Lake)
Poetry: Sun Music (Judith Beveridge)
Children’s Fiction: His Name Was Walter (Emily Rodda)
Young Adult Fiction: The Things That Will Not Stand (Michael Gerard Bauer)

For further details, click here.

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

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New releases


The Bay: The European history of St HelensCover Image, Fascists Among Us

Garry Richardson
40South Publishing
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9780648532842
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 86.00
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St Helens’ tin mining history and social history are showcased here in The Bay.  Richardson reveals the hardships endured by the early settlers of St Helens before tin was discovered, and the even more significant changes when tin mining ended.


Explore Your World: Weird! Wild! Amazing!Cover Image, Fascists Among Us

Tim Flannery
Hardie Grant Egmont
Genre: Children's
ISBN 9781760501587
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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Professor Tim Flannery deep-dives into the natural world in a science book that will enthrall and enlighten children. It will also make them laugh out loud … and squirm in disgust.


Fascists Among UsCover Image, Fascists Among Us

Jeff Sparrow
Scribe
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9781925849677
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 19.99
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The massacre of more than fifty worshippers at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, shocked the world. The murders were not random. They expressed a particular ideology, one that the alleged perpetrator described as ‘fascism’. But what does fascism mean today — and what kind of threat does it pose?


Acid for the ChildrenCover Image, Acid for the Children

Flea
Headline
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781472230829
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder, alongside Anthony Kiedis, of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star.


NessCover Image, Ness

Robert Macfarlane
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780241396568
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Five more-than-human figures - or forms, or forces - are traversing the landscape, moving steadily towards a point where they will converge and become Ness. Ness is the land awakened. Ness is lichen skin and willow-bower bones, condensing mist, tidal drift and deep time. Ness has hagstones for eyes and Ness speaks only in birds, firecrests in the day and swifts after dusk. And Ness has come to take this island back.


The Weekend

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Charlotte Wood
Allen and Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760292010
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Four older women with a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three.  By the author of the award-winning book The Natural Way of Things.


Damascus

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Christos Tsiolkas
Allen and Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760875091
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, Damascus explores the themes that have always obsessed Tsiolkas as a writer - class, religion, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, exile - and the ways in which nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided.


Macquarie

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Grantlee Kieza
ABC Books
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9780733335907
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 39.99
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A new portrait of Governor Macquarie, the person who transformed the harsh, foreboding penal colony of New Holland into an agricultural powerhouse and prosperous society, but who also played a part in the dispossession of the continent’s original people.


The Commons

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Matthew Evans
Hardie Grant Books
Genre: Cooking/Tasmanian
ISBN 9781743795392
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 60.00
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Matthew Evans captures Fat Pig Farm’s year of growing, cooking and feasting. It’s part how-to, part evocative diary, part cookbook, and with more than 100 recipes it is the perfect inspiration for those about to embark on a simpler life.


Year of the Monkey

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Patti Smith
Bloomsbury
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781743795743
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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This haunting new memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. As Patti Smith heads toward a new decade in her life, she offers this balm to the reader- with her wisdom, wit, and gimlet eye - as she writes of grief, disillusionment and ageing.


Planet Earth

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Bob Brown
Hardie Grant Books
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9781743795743
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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A book of inspirational quotes from Australia's most valued and committed conservationist, encouraging readers to care deeply about our wonderful planet, and motivating us to act in its best interest.
 

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.


Eat Drink Love Tasmania 2

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Philip Kuruvita
Philip Kuruvita Photography
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9780992348588
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 49.99
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Kuruvita's new book mixes adventure tourism and stunning scenery with fine dining and great wines.  Eat Drink Love Tasmania 2 has all new recipes from quality producers such as Willie Smith's Apple Shed and Bruny Island Premium Wines, offering a glimpse into a world where there is still time to savour the really good things in life.


The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust

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.

**please note - this book includes scenes that aren't appropriate for younger readers**


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.


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.


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.


Talking To Strangers

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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.


 

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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