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The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Book Launch: Field of Stars (Lyn Reeves)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Monday September 9th
Book Launch: Dangerous Goods (Edith Speers)
The Hobart Bookshop, 3.00pm, Sunday October 6th
Book Launch: The Book of Stone (Coral Tulloch & Mark Greenwood)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday October 30th
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2019 Children's Book Council of Australia Winners
For detailed information visit the CBCA website.
2019 Guardian's Not the Booker Prize Shortlist
Flames (Robbie Arnott)
Skin (Liam Brown)
The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas (Daniel James)
Please Read This Leaflet Carefully (Karen Havelin)
Spring (Ali Smith)
Supper Club (Lara Williams)
For more information, visit the Guardian website.
2019 Miles Franklin Winner
Winner: Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko)
The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmed)
A Sand Archive (Gregory Day)
A Stolen Season (Rodney Hall)
The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones)
Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills)
For more information, visit The Miles Franklin website.
2019 Man Booker Prize Longlist
The Testaments (Margaret Atwood)
Night Boat to Tangier (Kevin Barry)
My Sister, The Serial Killer (Oyinkan Braithwaite)
Ducks, Newburyport (Lucy Ellmann)
Girl, Woman, Other (Bernardine Evaristo)
The Wall (John Lanchester)
The Man Who Saw Everything (Deborah Levy)
Lost Children Archive (Valeria Luiselli)
An Orchestra of Minorities (Chigozie Obioma)
Lanny (Max Porter)
Quichotte (Salman Rushdie)
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Elif Shafak)
Frankissstein (Jeanette Winterson)
For more information, visit the Man Booker website.
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Pick of the month
In 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Prussia. Beginning on the very day he leads his triumphant Grande Armee into Berlin, Fortune traces the fate of a handful of souls whose lives briefly touch on that momentous day and then diverge across the glove. Spanning more than a century, the novel moves from the Napoleonic Wars to South America, and from the early penal settlement of Van Diemen's Land to the cannons of the First World War, mapping the reverberations of history on ordinary people.
Working with Nature
Patricia Giles, Painter
Walks In the Wild
Good Girl Bad Girl
Live a Little
At the age of ninety-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything – including her own children. Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, walks without the aid of a frame and speaks without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he’s whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. There’s very little life remaining for either of them, but perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way, and find new meaning in what’s left. Told with Jacobson’s trademark wit and style, Live a Little is in equal parts funny, irreverent and tender.
Don Walker’s songwriting has captured what it is to be Australian. From Cold Chisel to Catfish, Tex, Don & Charlie to his solo work, as well as many other writing collaborations, Walker’s words are poetic, moving and incisive. Including classics such as “Khe Sanh”, “Flame Trees”, “Cheap Wine” and “Harry was a Bad Bugger”, this collection reveals the breadth of Walker’s vision and the precision of his prose. These lyrics live on the page, with or without the memory of music.
Only in Tokyo
From daybreak to late night, discover the creative people and compelling stories behind the restaurants, izakayas and tea houses of Tokyo. An amazing book for people travelling to the city and for those seeking an appreciation of its quirks and traditions.
On Eating Meat
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 Prayers
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.
A Wunch of Bankers
Tearful victims, blank-faced executives, hapless regulators, and a couple of utter charlatans all had their day in court, watched by an audience of millions, and revealing – in their stories – the material to justify re-shaping the multi-trillion dollar financial services industry that forms a pillar of Australian life. A Wunch of Bankers reveals how companies have used the law, limp enforcement, and basic human behaviour to take advantage of customers.
Mirka Mora: A Life Making Art
Mirka Mora: A life making art provides a unique insight into one of Melbourne’s most beloved personalities. Revealing an unseen side of Mirka through both her materials and practice, this intimate portrait shares her complex and truly innovative techniques, which until now have not been studied.
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born - a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam - and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity.
A brilliant new literary crime novel from number one bestseller Kate Atkinson: Jackson Brodie makes a highly anticipated return. Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.
See What You Made Me Do
At the office of Safe Steps, Victoria’s dedicated 24/7 family violence response call centre, phone counsellors receive a call every three minutes. Many women are repeat callers: on average, they will go back to an abusive partner eight times before leaving for good. In this confronting and deeply researched account, journalist Jess Hill uncovers the ways in which abusers exert control in the darkest - and most intimate - ways imaginable. She asks: What do we know about perpetrators? Why is it so hard to leave? What does successful intervention look like?
City of Girls
It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg’s charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses.
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference
'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.
An Unconventional Wife: The life of Julia Sorell Arnold
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.
Daughter of Bad Times
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.
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.
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.
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