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Book Launch: Juno Jones, Word Ninja (Kate Gordon)

The Hobart Bookshop, 3.00pm, Sunday May 26th

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Book Launch: The Broad Arrow (edited by Jenna Mead)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday May 29th

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Book Launch: All We Need to Know (Hugh Crago)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday June 6th

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Book Launch: By Violence Unavenged (Annette Young)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Friday June 28th

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Book Launch: Fortune (Lenny Bartulin)

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News

2019 Miles Franklin Longlist

The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmed)
Flames (Robbie Arnott)
Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton)
A Sand Archive (Gregory Day)
Inappropriation (Lexi Freiman)
A Stolen Season (Rodney Hall)
The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones)
Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko)
Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills)
The Lucky Galah (Tracy Sorensen).

For more information, visit The Miles Franklin website.

2019 Stella Prize Winner

The Erratics (Vicki Laveau-Harvie)

For more information, visit the Stella Prize website.

2019 Children's Book Council of Australia Shortlist

For detailed information visit the CBCA website.


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Pick of the month


The Sparkle PagesCover Image, Four Horsemen

Meg Bignell
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780143790440
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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‘Is marriage just a series of texts about where the children are and whether we need milk until one of you dies?’

In her highly confidential diary, Susannah Parks documents the search for the elusive spark in her marriage, along with all the high and low notes of life with her four beloved children, with her free-spirited (and world famous) best friend Ria, and with Hugh, the man who fills her heart with burning passion and her washing pile with shirts. And perhaps amid the chaos she might be brave enough to find the missing pieces of herself.

New releases


2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration

Cover Image, Little Boy

Damon Gameau
Pan Macmillan
Genre: Sustainability
ISBN 9781760554149
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration shows us how we can fulfil a magnificent vision of future sustainability into everyday life by engaging in activities such as cooking, shopping, gardening, sharing, working and teaching our kids. It shows us that climate change is a practical problem that can be tackled by each of us, and that we can make a genuine difference - if we know what to do. Brimming with practical wisdom and even 50 delicious recipes.


An Unconventional Wife: The life of Julia Sorell Arnold

Cover Image, Little Boy

Mary Hoban
Scribe Publishing
Genre: Tasmanian/Biography
ISBN 9781925713442
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 39.99
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Julia Sorell was an original. A colonial belle from Tasmania, vivacious and warm-hearted, Julia’s marriage to Tom Arnold in 1850 propelled her into one of the most renowned families in England and into a circle that included Lewis Carroll and George Eliot. Her eldest daughter became a bestselling novelist, while her grandchildren included the writer Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, and the evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley.


Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

Cover Image, Little Boy

Danny Goldberg
Orion Publishing
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781409182795
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Casting aside the common obsession with the angst and depression that seemingly drove Kurt Cobain, Serving the Servant is an exploration of his brilliance in rock and roll, his compassion, his ambition, and the legacy he wrought. Nirvana's band manager Danny Goldberg explores what it is about Kurt Cobain that still resonates today, even with a generation who wasn’t alive until after Kurt’s death.


Mama's Last Hug

Cover Image, Little Boy

Frans de Waal
Granta Books
Genre: Natural History
ISBN 9781783784103
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Mama’s Last Hug is about animal emotions, based on Frans de Waal’s renowned studies of the social and emotional lives of chimpanzees, bonobos and other primates. It opens with the moving farewell between Mama, a dying 59-year-old chimpanzee matriarch, and Jan Van Hoof, who was de Waal’s mentor; de Waal makes the radical proposal that emotions are like organs, and that we haven’t a single organ that other animals don’t have, and the same is true for our emotions.


Daughter of Bad Times

Cover Image, Little Boy

Rohan Wilson
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760529130
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Rin Braden is almost ready to give up on life after the death of her lover Yamaan and the dread of working for her mother's corrupt private prison company. But through a miracle Yamaan has survived, trading his labour in an Australian immigration facility for a supposedly safe place to live. This is no ordinary facility, it's Eaglehawk MTC, built by her mother's company to exploit the flood of environmental refugees. Now Rin must find a way to free Yamaan before the ghosts of her past catch up with them both.


Little Boy

Cover Image, Little Boy

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Faber & Faber
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780571351022
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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With the international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now in the third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis. Exhibiting the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics and anthropology that marks all Diamond’s work, Upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient.


Upheaval

Cover Image, Upheaval

Jared Diamond
Allen Lane
Genre: History
ISBN 9780241003435
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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With the international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now in the third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis. Exhibiting the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics and anthropology that marks all Diamond’s work, Upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient.


Normal People

Cover Image, Lovely Terrible Thing

Sally Rooney
Faber & Faber
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780571334650
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 19.99
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Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.


A Lovely and Terrible Thing

Cover Image, Lovely Terrible Thing

Chris Womersley
Picador
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760554811
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink. In bestselling author Chris Womersley’s first short fiction collection, twenty macabre and deliciously enjoyable tales linked by the trickle of water that runs through them all will keep readers spellbound until their final, unexpected and unsettling twist… 


Everything in its Place

Cover Image, Everything in its Place

Oliver Sacks
Pan MacMillan
Genre: Psychology
ISBN 9781509821792
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 39.99
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From the best-selling author of Gratitude and On the Move, a final volume of essays that showcase Sacks’s broad range of interests-from his passion for ferns, swimming, and horsetails, to his final case histories exploring schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. Everything in its Place is a celebration of Sacks’s myriad interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.


Cape May

Cover Image, Binding

Chip Cheek
W & N
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781474609548
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Henry and Effie, young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon. It’s the end of the season and the town is deserted. As they tentatively discover each other they begin to realise that everyday married life might be disappointingly different from their happy-ever-after fantasy.


Machines Like Me

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Ian McEwan
Jonathan Cape
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781787331679
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Ian McEwan's subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions- what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.


Greek To Me

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Mary Norris
Text Publishing
Genre: Reference
ISBN 9781922268242
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 27.99
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Written by Mary Norris, longstanding editor for The New Yorker, Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English.


The Erratics

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Vicki Laveau-Harvie
Harper Collins
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781460758250
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 22.99
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This is a memoir about a dysfunctional family, about a mother and her daughters. But make no mistake. This is like no mother-daughter relationship you know.  When Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s elderly mother is hospitalised unexpectedly, Vicki and her sister travel to their parents' isolated ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to help their father. Estranged from their parents for many years, Vicki and her sister are horrified by what they discover on their arrival.

Winner of the Stella Prize 2019.


Australia Day

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Stan Grant
Harper Collins
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9781460753187
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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A sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?


The ParadeCover Image, The Parade

Dave Eggers
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780241394496
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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The People vs. The BanksCover Image, Memories of the Future

Michael Roddan
Melbourne University Press
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9780522875188
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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Memories of the FutureCover Image, Memories of the Future

Siri Hustvedt
Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781473694422
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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SpringCover Image, Spring

Ali Smith
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780241207055
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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GingerbreadCover Image, Long Way Home

Helen Oyeyemi
Picador
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781447299431
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor flat with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories - equal parts wholesome and uncanny; from the tantalizing witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can - beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.


Stranger Country

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Monica Tan
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781760632212
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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What happens when a 32-year-old first-generation Australian woman decides to chuck in a dream job, pack a sleeping bag and tent, and hit the long, dusty road for six months? Thirty-thousand kilometres later, Monica Tan has the answer, and it completely surprises her. Stranger Country is the riveting account of the six months Monica drove and camped her way through some of Australia’s most beautiful and remote landscapes. She shared meals, beers and conversations with miners, greynomads, artists, farmers, community workers and small business owners from across the nation: some Aboriginal, some white, some Asian, and even a few who managed to be all three. 


After She's Gone

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Camilla Grebe
Zaffre
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781474612074
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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For psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schoen, life is good. She and her partner, investigator Peter Lindgren, have just returned from a dream holiday in Greenland and the symptoms of her early onset dementia seem to be under control.  They travel go to the small, sleepy industrial town of Ormberg to investigate a cold case: ten years earlier a five-year-old girl’s remains were found in a cairn near the town. Then Hanne is found wandering around the outskirts of Ormberg lost, hurt and confused - and Peter is missing. When the body of a woman is found at the cairn and one of Hanne’s shoes is found nearby covered in the victim’s blood, can Hanne’s diary hold the key to what happened? How does this new murder connect to their old one - and where is Peter?


Boy Swallows Universe

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Trent Dalton
Fourth Estate
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781460757765
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 19.99
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Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is an instant Australian classic.

Indie Book of the Year 2019.
ABIA Book of the Year 2019


Exploded ViewCover Image, Islands

Carrie Tiffany
Text
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781925773415
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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A dangerous man moves in with a mother and her two adolescent children. The man runs an unlicensed mechanic’s workshop at the back of their property. The girl resists the man with silence, and finally with sabotage. She fights him at the place where she believes his heart lives-in the engine of the car.


IslandsCover Image, Islands

Peggy Frew
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760528744
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Helen and John are too preoccupied with making a mess of their marriage to notice the quiet ways in which their daughters are suffering. Junie grows up brittle and defensive, Anna difficult and rebellious. When fifteen-year-old Anna fails to come home one night, her mother's not too worried; Anna's taken off before but always returned. Helen waits three days to report her disappearance.  But this time Anna doesn't come back ...


KindredCover Image, Uninhabitable Earth

Kate Legge
Melbourne University Press
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9780522874518
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 44.99
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He was an Austrian immigrant; she came from Tasmania. He grew up beside the Carinthian Alps; she climbed mountains when few women dared. Their honeymoon glimpse of Cradle Mountain lit an urge that filled their waking hours. Others might have kept this splendour to themselves, but Gustav Weindorfer and Kate Cowle sensed the significance of a place they sought to share with the world. When they stood on the peak in the heat of January 1910, they imagined a national park for all.  Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story traces the achievements of these unconventional adventurers and their fight to preserve the wilderness where they pioneered eco-tourism. 


The Uninhabitable EarthCover Image, Uninhabitable Earth

David Wallace-Wells
Allen Lane
Genre: Science
ISBN 9780241400517
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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The signs of climate change are unmistakable even today, but the real transformations have hardly begun. We’ve been taught that warming would be slow-but, barring very dramatic action, each of these impacts is likely to arrive within the length of a new mortgage signed this year.  What will it be like to live on a pummeled planet? What will it do to our politics, our economy, our culture and sense of history? And what explains the fact we have done so little to stop it? These are not abstract questions but immediate and pressing human dramas, dilemmas and nightmares.


The Freedom ArtistCover Image, Freedom Artist

Ben Okri
Head of Zeus
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781788549608
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.


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.


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.


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.


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