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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 (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.

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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Literary news

2020 Booker Shortlist

The New Wilderness (Diane Cook)
This Mournable Body (Tsitsi Dangarembga)
Burnt Sugar (Avni Doshi)
The Shadow King (Maaza Mengiste)
Real Life (Brandon Taylor)
Shuggie Bain (Douglas Stuart)

For more information, visit The Booker website.

2020 Miles Franklin Winner

The Yield (Tara June Winch)

For more information, visit The Miles Franklin website.

2020 Australian Book Industry Awards

Book of the Year: Bluey: The Beach
General Fiction Book of the Year: Bruny (Heather Rose)
Literary Fiction Book of the Year: The Weekend (Charlotte Wood)

For the full list, visit the ABIA website.

2020 The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

A Treacherous Country (K.M. Kruimink)

For further information visit the The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award website.

2020 Stella Prize Winner

See What You Made Me Do (Jess Hill)

For further information, see the Stella Prize website. 

2020 Children's Book Council of Australia Shortlist

See the full list here


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New releases


The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
Cover Image, Waking Dreams

Richard Flanagan
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760899943
Hardback 2020
Price $32.99 $25.00
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**pre-order - due out 29/9/20**

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.


Honeybee
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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.


All Our Shimmering Skies
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Trent Dalton
Harper Collins
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781460753903
Trade paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress, and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. 


The Time of Our Lives
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Robert Dessaix
Brio Books
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781922267276
Hardback 2020
Price $32.99
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Reflecting on time, religion, painting, dancing and even grandchildren, Dessaix takes us on an enlivening journey across the landscape of growing older. Riffing on writers and thinkers from Plato to Eva Hoffman, he homes in on the crucial importance of a rich inner life.


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Geoff Goodfellow
Wakefield Press
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781743057575
Paperback 2020
Price $24.95
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Growing up in Adelaide's inner-northern suburbs, Geoff inherits a quick mind and quicksilver tongue from his father, a tender but troubled war veteran (and talented glassblower) who struggled with alcoholism. Geoff's dad teaches him to make things with his hands, staunch loyalty to family, to charm and cajole - and perhaps most enduringly, to tell stories...


Russian Roulette - The Life and Times of Graham Greene
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Richard Greene
Little Brown
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781408713440
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $34.99
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This new biography responds to the many thousands of pages of lost letters that have recently come to light and to new memoirs by those who knew Graham Greene best. It deals sensitively with questions of private life, sex, and mental illness; it gives a thorough accounting for the politics of the places he wrote about; it investigates his involvement with MI6 and the Cambridge five; above all, it follows the growth of a writer whose works changed the lives of millions.


Remain In Love
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Chris Frantz
Orion
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781474617130
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Remain in Love charts the rise and fall of Talking Heads, a band who combined the sensibility of artists with extraordinary songwriting vision. Another classic New York memoir in the vein of Patti Smith’s Just Kids, this book shares secrets and stories Talking Heads fans have been curious about for decades.


The Carbon Club
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Marian Wilkinson
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9781760875992
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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The Carbon Club reveals the truth behind Australia’s two decades of climate inaction. It is the story of how a loose confederation of influential climate-science sceptics, politicians and business leaders sought to control Australia’s response to the climate crisis. They shared a fear that dealing with climate change would undermine the nation’s wealth, jobs and competitive advantage - and the power of the carbon club.


Burning the Books
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Richard Ovendon
John Murray Press
Genre: History
ISBN 9781529378764
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Richard Ovenden, director of the world-famous Bodleian Library, explains how attacks on libraries and archives have been a feature of history since ancient times but have increased in frequency and intensity during the modern era. Burning the Books is a human story animated by an unlikely cast - self-taught archaeologists, poets, freedom-fighters – and, of course, librarians and the heroic lengths they will go to preserve and rescue knowledge, ensuring that civilisation survives. 


The Wreck
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Meg Keneally
Echo
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760686208
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $29.99
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It's 1820, and Sarah McCaffrey, fleeing arrest for her part in a failed rebellion, thinks she has escaped when she finds herself aboard the Serpent, bound from London to the colony of New South Wales. But when the captain's actions drive the ship into a cliff, Sarah is the only survivor. Adopting a false identity, she becomes the right-hand woman of Molly Thistle, who has grown her late husband's business interests into a sprawling real estate and trade empire. A moving tale of revolution, treachery and courage.


Anxious People
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Fredrick Backman
Michael Joseph
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780718186623
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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A bungled attempted robbery develops into a hostage situation - and the offender is refusing to communicate their demands to the police. Fear quickly turns to irritation for the seven strangers trapped inside. Shouldn't it be a bit more dramatic? But as the minutes tick by, they begin to suspect that the criminal mastermind holding them hostage might be more in need of rescuing than they are...a funny novel and unpredictable novel from the author of A Man Called Ove.


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
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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.


Flavour
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Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage
Ebury Press
Genre: Cooking
ISBN 9781785038938
Hardback 2020
Price $55.00
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In this stunning new cookbook Yotam and co-writer Ixta Belfrage break down the three factors that create flavour and offer innovative vegetable dishes that deliver brand-new ingredient combinations to excite and inspire. Flavour combines simple recipes for weeknights, low-effort high-impact dishes, and standout meals for the relaxed cook.


Vesper Flights
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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
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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.


Reprehensible - Polite Histories of Bad Behaviour
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Mikey Robins
Simon and Schuster
Genre: History
ISBN 9781760852993
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $29.99
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What are we to make of Catherine the Great’s extensive collection of pornographic furniture, Hans Christian Andersen’s too-much-information diary and Karl Marx’s epic pub crawls? Or the pharaoh who covered his slaves in honey to keep flies off his meal? Rollicking and informative, Reprehensible: Polite Histories of Bad Behaviour is your guide through some of the most shameful behaviour indulged in by humanity’s most celebrated figures, as told by Mikey Robins, one of Australia’s most loved comedians.


Fathoms - The World Inside the Whale

Cover Image, Golden Maze

Rebecca Giggs
Scribe
Genre: Natural History
ISBN 9781925321388
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $35.00
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How do whales experience environmental change? Has our connection to these fabled animals been transformed by technology? What future awaits us, and them? In Fathoms: the world in the whale, Giggs blends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore these questions with clarity and hope.


The Golden Maze

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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.


Levon Cover Image, Carpathia

Sandra B. Tooze
Diversion Books
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781635767049  
Hardback 2020
Price $59.99
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Levon is a penetrating, skillfully told tale of a music legend from Southern cotton fields to global limelight. In the Arkansas Delta, a young Levon witnessed "blues, country, and gospel hit in a head-on collision," as he put it. The result was rock 'n' roll. As a teenager, he joined the raucous Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, then helped merge a hard-driving electric sound with Bob Dylan's folk roots, and revolutionized American rock with the Band.


Friday On My Mind

Cover Image, Carpathia

Jeff Apter
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781760875107
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $29.99
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Pop star, mentor and icon, George Young was one of the most important figures in Australian pop music history. Jeff Apter reveals the facts that helped build a music empire and cement Vanda & Young's place eternally into the "Australian songbook".


The Last Lighthouse Keeper

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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.


Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonné: 1955–1992

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Kathie Sutherland
Genre: Art
ISBN 9781760641719
Slipcase 2020
Price $AU 1500.00
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This monumental seven-volume collection chronicles a lifetime of work in exhaustive detail. Compiled by art historian Kathie Sutherland over seven years, the set of cloth-bound books is presented in a deluxe, elegantly finished slipcase and presents more than 4600 artworks, including hundreds of never-before-published works.

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On Pandemics

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David Waltner-Toews
Black Inc.
Genre: Science
ISBN 9781760642808
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Almost all pandemics and epidemics - including SARS, Ebola and now COVID-19 - have been caused by diseases that come to us from animals. In On Pandemics, leading epidemiologist David Waltner-Toews examines the increasing impact of animal-borne diseases on our world, and encourages us to re-examine our role in pandemics - for the health of the planet as well as our own survival.


Guwayu - For All Times

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Jeanine Leane
Magabala Books
Genre: Poetry
ISBN 9781925936544
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 24.99
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Guwayu is edited by Wiradjuri poet, Dr Jeanine Leane, produced by Red Room Poetry, a leading arts organisation committed to making poetry in meaningful ways. This fiercely uncensored collection features 61 poems from First Nations poets in 12 First Nations languages, and together they are a journey through a range of poetic forms from lyric, confessional, protest, narrative and song, showcasing new voices and established poets.


Rummage

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Emily Cockayne
Profile Books
Genre: History/Sustainability
ISBN 9781781258514
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 34.99
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Cockayne extracts glittering gems from the rubbish pile of centuries past and introduces us to the visionaries, crooks and everyday do-gooders who have shaped the material world we live in today - like the fancy ladies of the First World War who turned dog hair into yarn, or the Victorian gentlemen selling pianofortes made from papier-mache, or the hapless public servants coaxing people into giving up their railings for the greater good. An original book for our introspective times.


I Shed My Skin - A Furneaux Islands Story
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Jane Giblin
40 South Publishing
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9780648675808
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 75.00
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I Shed My Skin - A Furneaux Islands Story evolved out of an exhibition of Jane Giblin’s artwork which toured Tasmania in 2019. Jane travelled up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia interviewing her father’s cousins and senior Furneaux community members, seeking memories of her great grandparents, feelings about the islands, farming and birding, as well as how they were acclimatising to changed land access and tradition due to successful land rights claims by local First Nations people. Tasmanian writer Pete Hay's poetry and prose complements Jane's work in this beautifully presented publication.


The Bluffs

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Kyle Perry
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760895679
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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When a school group of teenage girls goes missing in the remote wilderness of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers, the people of Limestone Creek are immediately on alert. Three decades ago, five young girls disappeared in the area of those dangerous bluffs, and the legend of 'the Hungry Man' still haunts locals to this day.


The Line TenderCover Image, Line Tender

Kate Allen
Puffin Books
Genre: Children's
ISBN 9780735231610
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 15.99
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A senstively written story about nature and memory.  Lucy Everhart's marine-biologist mother was collecting shark data when she died, and since then Lucy and her father have kept their heads above water thanks to close friends and neighbors.  On one steamy day the tide brings a great white shark, and Lucy must grab the line that connects her depressed father to her mother's unfinished research on the Great White's return to Cape Cod.


Four Days on IslayCover Image, Shoestring

Bob Brown
Genre: Travel
ISBN 9781649455222
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 24.95
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Bob and Paul visited the Inner Hebrides island of Islay, population 3,500, in the spring of 2015. The small island echoed much of Tasmania – including its whisky distilleries – on the other side of the planet.

This little book is to share that delight, knowing that there is more to discover if they – or you – are lucky enough to visit Islay in the future.


Purity #1 Abels Photography

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Edited by Bill Wilkinson
40South Publishing
Genre: Tasmanian Photography
ISBN 9780648675860
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 25.00
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Purity #1 Abels Photography features stunning images of Tasmania’s Abel Mountains, coupled with musings of our place in the landscape.


The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

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Suzanne Collins
Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9781743836811
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes revisits the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.


Phosphorescence
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Julia Baird
Fourth Estate
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781460757154
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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Julia Baird, Walkley award-winning author and ABC host of The Drum, returns with a book to help us look upwards and guide us towards caring for others in times of uncertainty.  Phosphorescence is already an acclaimed bestseller, and Julia's biography of Queen Victoria was published in several countries to critical acclaim and was one of The New York Times' top ten books of 2016.


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