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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 contact us 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.

Please note: due to Covid-19 there may be significant delays for customers who require us to send books overseas, so please contact us for postage charges and more information.

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Covid-19 update

As uncertainty around Covid-19 continues, we thought a quick note was in order to reassure our customers.

What we are doing in-store:

  • Ensuring our counters and other surfaces are clean and as free of germs as possible.
  • Washing our hands with soap regularly and thoroughly.
  • Providing hand sanitiser at our entrance and at the counter for all customers.
  • We are still accepting cash as a means of payment, however payment by card is preferred.

Upcoming events

Book Event: Jen Fitzgibbon

The Hobart Bookshop, 10.30am-12.30pm, Saturday January 30th

For more details, click here.


Gift vouchers

Share your love of reading!  Hobart Bookshop gift vouchers can be gifted with any value of your choice from AUD$5.00 and up.  Make your enquiry here.

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Literary news

2020 Booker Winner

Shuggie Bain (Douglas Stuart)

For more information, visit The Booker website.

2020 Children's Book Council of Australia

See the full list here

2020 Miles Franklin Winner

The Yield (Tara June Winch)

For more information, visit The Miles Franklin website.


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New releases


Boy on Fire
Cover Image, Waking Dreams

Mark Mordue
Fourth Estate
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781460759646
Hardback 2020
Price $39.99
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The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue. A beautiful, profound and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of Australian rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story. This is a portrait of the artist as, first, a boy, and then as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends, influences, milieu and, most of all, his music.


The Lost Love Song

Cover Image, Waking Dreams

Minnie Dark
Penguin
ISBN 9780143792314
Paperback 2020
Price $20.00
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It's been seven years and Diana is finally ready to marry her long-time fiancé, Arie; she's even composing a beautiful love song for him, working on it in hotels and concert halls as she criss-crosses the world as a classical pianist. As Diana's song is passed from musician to musician it just might bring these two lost souls together.

With heart-wrenching emotion, The Lost Love Song explores what it means to be lost, what it means to be found, and the power of music to bring people together.


The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

Cover Image, Waking Dreams

Richard Flanagan
Penguin
ISBN 9781760899943
Hardback 2020
Price $32.99
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In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna's aged mother is dying - if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight. When Anna's finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window. All she can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into a strangely beautiful story about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots.


The Ultimate Animal Alphabet Book
Cover Image, Honeybee

Jennifer Cossins
Lothian 
Genre: Children's
ISBN 9780734420091
Hardback 2020
Price $29.99
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From the Adelie penguin to the zigzag heron, this A-Z book is jam-packed with over 400 animal species and all kinds of interesting animal facts.
Discover why the American flamingo is pink, how emerald tree boas hunt their food, what a baby echidna is called and whether the dusky leaf money really has four stomachs. Another great book from this award-winning Tasmanian illustrator.


Honeybee
Cover Image, Honeybee

Craig Silvey
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760877224
Trade paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms.


The Godmothers
Cover Image, Honeybee

Monica McInerney
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760893736
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Eliza Miller grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, just before her eighteenth birthday, a tragic event changed her life. Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, The Godmothers is a great big hug of a book that will fill your heart to bursting. It is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.


Skunk and Badger #1
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Amy Timberlake, ill. Jon Klassen
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9781760525484
Hardback 2020
Price $22.99
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Skunk is Badger's new roommate, and there is nothing Badger, who prefers to be left alone to do Important Rock Work, can do about it. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens? Winnie-the-Pooh meets Wallace & Gromit in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship.


Imperial Mud
Cover Image, English Pastoral

James Boyce
Icon
Genre: History
ISBN 9781785786501
Hardback 2020
Price $24.99
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The final destruction of England's last lowland wilderness and the dispossession of its custodians was not an inevitable consequence of 'progress', but of the growing power of a centralised and militarised state. Imperial Mud re-imagines not just the history of the Fens, but the history and identity of the English people.


The Lying Life of Adults
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Elena Ferrante
Europa Editions
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781787702400
Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Giovanna's pretty face has changed: it's turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are?  She is searching for a new face in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, which professes to be a place of excess and vulgarity.  A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend.


Vesper Flights
Cover Image, English Pastoral

Helen Macdonald
Jonathan Cape
Genre: Nature
ISBN 9780224097017
Hardback 2020
Price $35.00
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From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk comes Vesper Flights, a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world. There are essays here on headaches, on catching swans, on hunting mushrooms, on twentieth-century spies, on numinous experiences and high-rise buildings; on nests and wild pigs and the tribulations of farming ostriches. Moving and frank, personal and political, it confirms Helen Macdonald as one of this century's greatest nature writers.


English Pastoral
Cover Image, English Pastoral

James Rebanks
Allen Lane
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9780241501214
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $35.00
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'English Pastoral is the story of an inheritance - one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. And yet this elegy from the Lake District fells is also a song of hope - how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that was now his, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future. This is a book about what it means to have love and pride in a place, and how, against all the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral - not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.


The Golden Maze

Cover Image, Golden Maze

Richard Fidler
ABC Books
Genre: History
ISBN 9780733335266
Hardback 2020
Price $39.99
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Following the story of Prague from its origins in medieval darkness to its uncertain present, Fidler does what he does so well - curates an absolutely engaging and compelling history of a place. You will learn things you never knew, with a tour guide who is erudite, inquisitive, and the best storyteller you could have as your companion.


The Last Lighthouse Keeper

Cover Image, Shoestring

John Cook with Jon Bauer
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781760875381
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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In Tasmania, John Cook is known as: 'The Keeper of the Flame'. He spent a good part of his 26-year career in Tasmanian lighthouses tending kerosene, not electrical, lamps. He joined the lighthouse service in 1969, after a spell in the merchant marine and did two stints on Tasman Island, in 1969-71 and 1977, and was the head keeper on Maatsuyker for eight years. This is his story


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