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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.

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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.

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Upcoming events

Book Launch: I Shed My Skin (Jane Giblin)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5.00pm, Wednesday July 15th

For further details, click here.

Book Launch: A Clue for Clara (Lian Tanner)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 11.00am, Sunday September 20th

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Literary news

2020 Miles Franklin Shortlist

The White Girl (Tony Birch)
Islands (Peggy Frew)
No One (John Hughes)
The Returns (Philip Salom)
Exploded View (Carrie Tiffany)
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)

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

2020 Stella Prize Winner

See What You Made Me Do (Jess Hill)

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For further information, see the Stella Prize website. 

2020 Children's Book Council of Australia Shortlist

See the full list here.

2020 Indie Book Awards

Book of the Year: There Was Still Love (Favel Parrett)

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Fiction: There Was Still Love (Favel Parrett)
Non-Fiction: Tell Me Why (Archie Roach)
Debut Fiction: Allegra in Three Parts (Suzanne Daniel)
Illustrated Non-Fiction: The Lost Boys (Paul Byrnes)
Children's: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals (Sami Bayly)
Young Adult: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling (Wai Chim)

For further information visit the Indie Book Awards website.


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New releases


The BluffsCover Image, Shoestring

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.


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.


A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi 2eCover Image, Shoestring

Genevieve Gates and David Ratkowsky
Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9780957852945
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 50.00
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Includes 650 species, native and introduced, superbly illustrated, with descriptions provided for each species. It is Tasmanian-based, but relevant for the whole of southern Australia, including the wetter regions of South Australia and Western Australia. A perfect guide to carry into the field.


Abels Photography 1: Purity

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

 


A Room Made of LeavesCover Image, Shoestring

Kate Grenville
Text Publishing
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781922330024
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 39.99
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What if Elizabeth Macarthur - wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in the earliest days of Sydney - had written a shockingly frank secret memoir? And what if novelist Kate Grenville had miraculously found and published it? That's the starting point for A Room Made of Leaves, a playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented.


The Louvre

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James Gardner
Grove Press UK
Genre: History
ISBN 9781611856347
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 39.99
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Almost nine million people from all over the world flock to the Louvre in Paris every year to see its incomparable art collection. Yet few are aware of the remarkable history of that location and of the buildings themselves, and how they chronicle the history of Paris - a fascinating story that historian James Gardner elegantly tells for the first time. A meticulously crafted, sparkling history of the legendary museum.


The Most Dangerous Man In the WorldCover Image, Most Dangerous Man in the World

Andrew Fowler
Melbourne University Press
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9780522876857
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Fowler tells the extraordinary story of how a computer hacker with a turbulent childhood became holed up in London's Ecuador Embassy for seven years, and is now battling extradition to the USA from the notorious maximum security Belmarsh prison in London.


Me and White Supremacy

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Layla Saad
Hachette
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9781529405095
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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In 2018, Layla Saad ran a 28-day Instagram challenge under the hashtag #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, for people with white privilege to unflinchingly examine the ways that they are complicit in upholding the oppressive system of white supremacy. The challenge catalyzed a worldwide awakening for thousands of white-privileged people to begin to take ownership of their personal anti-racism work.


Couchsurfing in China
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Stephen Orth
Black Inc.
Genre: Travel
ISBN 9781760642358
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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When Stephan Orth lands in China, he knows it's his last visit, so, he makes the most of it, couchsurfing with locals instead of hitting the nearest hotel. This award-winning writer reveals a changing China - one conversation and adventure at a time. 


Australia's Best 100 Walks
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Various
Australian Geographic
Genre: Travel
ISBN 9781925847697
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 39.95
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This guide will have walkers itching to lace their boots up as we see borders becoming less restricted, so enjoy dreaming ahead with a well-illustrated showcase of the diversity of our landscapes and wildlife.


The Room Where It HappenedCover Image, Shoestring

John Bolton
Simon & Schuster
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9781982167349
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 35.00
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John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened.


Shoestring, The Boy Who Walks On AirCover Image, Shoestring

Julie Hunt and Dale Newman
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Children's
ISBN 9781760297213
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 19.99
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Twelve-year-old Shoestring is leaving behind his life of crime and starting a new career with the Troupe of Marvels.  He has an invisible tightrope and an act to die for. But trouble is brewing - the magical gloves that caused so much turmoil for KidGlovz are back. Another gem from award winnng Tasmanian author Julie Hunt.


How To Argue With a RacistCover Image, Joy at Work

Adam Rutherford
Weidenfeld & Nicholson
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9781474611244
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be. How To Argue With a Racist is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.


Diary of a Young Naturalist

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Dara McAnulty
Text Publishing
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781922330000
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty's world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling.


Rebel Women

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Rosalind Miles
Virago Press
Genre: History
ISBN 9780349006079
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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Feminist publisher Virago Press presents everything readers need to know about women in the history of the world from 1800 to today.


Intrepide

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Clem and Therese Gorman
Monash University Publishing
Genre: Art
ISBN 9781925523928
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 34.95
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This book examines some of the women who left Australia for France, becoming pioneers, role models, fine artists. Upon return they brought home greatly enhanced skills, and also helped introduce Australia to Modernism when our country had barely heard of it.  


I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf

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Grant Snider
Abrams
Genre: Gift
ISBN 9781419737114
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 27.99
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In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms. I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages.


Resistance

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Tori Amos
Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781529325607
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 35.00
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Tori Amos is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, and she has released fifteen studio albums, including her latest, Native Invader, in 2017. Amos explains how she managed to create meaningful, politically resonant work against patriarchal power structures - and how her proud declarations of feminism and her fight for the marginalised always proved to be her guiding light.


The Rain Heron

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Robbie Arnott
Text Publishing
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781922268778
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Ren lives alone on the remote frontier of a country devastated by a coup. High on the forested slopes, she survives by hunting and trading-and forgetting. But when a young soldier comes to the mountains in search of a local myth, Ren is inexorably drawn into her impossible mission. As their lives entwine, unravel and erupt-as myths merge with reality-both Ren and the soldier are forced to confront what they regret, what they love, and what they fear.


Hell Ship

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Michael Veitch
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Maritime/Australian
ISBN 9781760877460
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 22.99
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Hell Ship brings to life the hardships and horrors endured by those who came by sea to seek a new life in Australia.  For more than a century and a half, a grim tale has passed down through Michael Veitch's family: the story of the Ticonderoga, a clipper ship that sailed from Liverpool in August 1852, crammed with poor but hopeful emigrants - mostly Scottish victims of the Clearances and the potato famine. A better life, they believed, awaited them in Australia.


Rodham

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Curtis Sittenfeld
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781857526137
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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With her sharp but always compassionate eye, Sittenfeld explores the loneliness, moral ambivalence and iron determination that characterise the quest for high office, as well as the painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world ruled by men. Uncannily astute and witty in the telling, Rodham is a brilliant reimagining of what would have happened if Hillary Rodham had turned down Bill Clinton.


The Gospel of the Eels

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Patrik Svensson
Picador
Genre: Natural History
ISBN 9781529030693
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 34.99
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Patrik Svensson offers a unique natural science memoir based on his ongoing fascination with the secretive eel. No human has ever seen eels reproduce; no one can give a complete account of the eels metamorphoses or say why they are born and die in the Sargasso Sea; no human has even seen a mature eel in the Sargasso Sea. Ever. And now the eel is disappearing, and we don't know exactly why.


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.


Beneath the Peak of Lyell
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Ross Mainwaring
Light Railway Research Society of Australia
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9780909340551
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 66.00
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A fully illustrated history of the copper mines of Mount Lyell at Queenstown, Tasmania, and the 2 ft gauge tramways which served them. It describes the copper mining and ore treatment processes over the life of the various mines from the beginning around 1890, and the way the extensive series of 2 ft gauge tramways were essential to the mines’ success. 


Keep 'Er Lit

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Van Morrison
Faber and Faber
Genre: Music
ISBN 9780571353897
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Following Lit Up Inside, Keep 'Er Lit is the second instalment of Van Morrison's collected lyrics containing one hundred and twenty songs from across his storied career, revealing once more why he is celebrated as one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of our time.


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.


The Vegetarian Silver Spoon

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Phaidon Editors
Phaidon
Genre: Cooking
ISBN 9781838660581
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 65.00
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Enjoy the latest addition to the Silver Spoon library.  More than 200 recipes for Italian vegetarian dishes, ranging from classic dishes that are traditionally vegetarian to contemporary dishes that introduce ingredients borrowed from outside Italy's culinary culture.


Slime
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David Walliams
Harper Collins
Genre: Children's
ISBN 9780008349141
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 19.99
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Welcome to the Isle of Mulch. This little island is home to a large number of horrible grown-ups. Something needs to be done about them. But who could be brave enough? Meet Ned an extraordinary boy with a special power. Slime-Power! This new book from David Walliams is fantastically funny, and illustrated by his artistic genius pal, Tony Ross. 


A Treacherous CountryCover Image, Warhol

K.M. Kruimink
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760877408
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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There is a woman, somewhere, here, in Van Diemen's Land, called Maryanne Maginn. Gabriel Fox, the young son of an old English house, arrives in a land both ancient and new. Drawn by the promise of his heart's desire, and compelled to distance himself from pain at home, Gabriel begins his quest into Van Diemen's Land. His guide, a Cannibal who is not all he seems, leads him north where Gabriel might free himself of his distracting burden and seek the woman he must find.

Winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award 2020.


BurnCover Image, Warhol

Patrick Ness
Walker
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9781406375503
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 24.99
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"On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he'd hired to help on the farm." But this dragon knows something she doesn't. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents - and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.


Now For Something Sweet
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Monday Morning Cooking Club
Harper Collins
Genre: Cooking
ISBN 9781460751671
Hardcover 2020
Price $AU 49.99
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Celebrate the very best and most cherished sweet recipes from the Jewish community in Australia and around the world.  From the simple passionfruit-iced coconut slab cake to a Russian yeasted kulich which is worth the day it takes to make, from quick-bake chocolate-sandwiched romany cream biscuits to the perfect vanilla slice (mille feuille) for the home cook, this book has it all.


The Beautiful MotherCover Image, Warhol

Katherine Scholes
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 97810143795346
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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In a remote corner of Tanzania, Essie Lawrence lives with her husband in an archaeologist's camp. One morning a chance encounter with two strangers sees her making a rash promise. When she returns home to the research base, she has a baby in her arms. Essie is to care for the little girl until the coming of the rains. And then hand her back. A story that travels all the way from Tasmania to East Africa.


The Mirror and the Light #3 Wolf HallCover Image, Fascists Among Us

Hilary Mantel
4th Estate
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780007480999
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 35.00
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With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.


The Octopus and ICover Image, Warhol

Erin Hortle
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760875640
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Lucy and Jem live on the Tasman Peninsula near Eaglehawk Neck, where Lucy is recovering from major surgery. As she tries to navigate her new body through the world, she develops a deep fascination with the local octopuses, and in doing so finds herself drawn towards the friendship of an old woman and her son. As the story unfolds, the octopuses come to shape Lucy's body and her sense of self in ways even she can't quite understand.


ClapperlandCover Image, Warhol

Terry Aulich
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780648826507
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.95
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Can an evangelical pastor and former football star, Tommy Rayfinger make it to the the top of Australia politics? The relationship between Pastor Rayfinger and Paddy Kennedy's PR team becomes frayed as each spies on the other and the outcome is murder. Then, it is market day in Hobart. No one is expecting the Salamanca Incident.


Flamescover image a savage image

Robbie Arnott
Text Publishing
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781922268211
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 22.99
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The award-winning Flames is now available in B-format.  Riddles are to be found in this unusual and fascinating tale of grief, love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across Tasmania that takes us full circle. Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his twenty-three-year-old sister, Charlotte - who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman named Karl hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire. 

Longlisted for the Miles Franklin 2019.
Winner of the Margaret Scott Prize - Tasmanian Premier's Literary Awards 2019.


Hiking the Overland Track 

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Warwick Sprawson
Cicerone
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9781786310132
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 39.99
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This guidebook covers the iconic Overland Track in Tasmania's stunning Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The well-maintained 80km route from Cradle Valley to Lake St Clair is described over seven stages, along with optional side trips to the area's many accessible peaks including Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest mountain.


Short Stories in...(Teach Yourself foreign language series)Cover Image, Warhol

Olly Richards (editor)
Teach Yourself
Genre: Reference
ISBN Various
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 22.99
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Learning a new language in isolation?  Well, speed up your learning by reading short stories that will help you gain control of vocabulary, grammar and dialogue in your chosen language.  Contact us for availability:  Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, and Turkish.


TruganiniCover Image, Truganini

Cassandra Pybus
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9781760529222
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy - the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write the extraordinary story of this amazing indigenous woman in full.


Warhol - A Life as Art Cover Image, Warhol

Blake Gopnick
Allen Lane
Genre: Art
ISBN 9780241003381
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 69.99
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Blake Gopnik has spent six years researching Warhol's life and art and reveals a life of contrasts and deliberate artifice hiding great depths. Filled with new insights into the development and impact of Warhol's art and his personality, Warhol asks- was he a joke or a genius, a radical or a social climber? As Warhol would have answered- Yes.


The Iconic InteriorCover Image, Iconic Interior

Dominic Bradbury & Richard Powers
Thames & Hudson
Genre: Architecture
ISBN 9780500023334
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 49.99
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A companion to The Iconic House, this compact volume features over 100 of the most spectacular interiors from across the world, spanning the entire 20th century to the present day. It includes interiors assembled by artists and fashion designers, architects, interior and set-designers, bringing together diverse design talents from Piero Fornasetti to Alvar Aalto, Marc Newson and Matthew Williamson.


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