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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 +61 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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Upcoming Events

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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News

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


FortuneCover Image, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Lenny Bartulin
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760529307
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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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.

New releases


Working with NatureCover Image, Working with Nature

Jeremy Purseglove
Profile
Genre: Natural History
ISBN: 9781788161596
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life - her husband who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and her husband’s seventeen-year-old cousin, who communes with spirits. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West.
 

InlandCover Image, Inland

Tea Obreht
Weidenfeld & Nichols
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780297867074
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life - her husband who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and her husband’s seventeen-year-old cousin, who communes with spirits. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West.


Poster BoyCover Image, The Yield

Peter Drew
Black Inc
Genre: Biography
ISBN: 9781760641337
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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The heartfelt story of one man's desire to be a better citizen in a kinder Australia. Poster Boy is an intelligent, funny and brutally honest dive into the stew of individual, family and national identity. It's about politics and art, and why we need them both. And it's about making a mark.
 

Patricia Giles, PainterCover Image, The Yield

Alison Alexander
Pillinger Press
Genre: Tasmanian/Art
ISBN: 9780648361527
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 75.00
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Painting en plein air in the challenging weather of Tasmania, Patricia Giles has captured the light and ever-changing landscape of her island home.  Award-winning biographer, Alison Alexander, tells the story of Gile's drive to make her way as an artist in an era when women were expected to forego their own ambitions and take on the roles of wives and mothers.  Nearly 300 works are included in this high quality volume.


Three WomenCover Image, The Yield

Lisa Taddeo
Bloomsbury
Genre: Biography/Feminism
ISBN: 9781526611659
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions.  It reads like true crime, and will strike a nerve with anyone interested in compulsion and the need for desire.


HitchCover Image, The Yield

Kathryn Hind
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781760641337
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Amelia stands beside a highway in the Australian desert, alone except for her dog and the occasional road train that speeds past her raised thumb.  She looks for generosity or human connection in the drivers she finds lifts with, and she does receive that; but she is also let down. As Amelia  hitchhikes from one end of the country to the other, trying to outrun grief and trauma, will she be moving ever closer to the things she longs to escape?


Failing NatureCover Image, The Yield

William J. Lines
Envirobook
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN: 9780858812550
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 35.00
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For several decades The Wilderness Society defined the meaning of protecting nature in Australia.  This book charts the rise and fall of this progressive conservation group.


SaltCover Image, The Yield

Bruce Pascoe
Black Inc
Genre: Aboriginal
ISBN: 9781760641580
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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This volume collects the best and most celebrated stories and essays of award winning author Bruce Pascoe.  Ranging across his long career, his work explore his enduring fascination with Australia’s landscape, culture, land management and history.


Walks In the WildCover Image, The Yield

Peter Wohlleben
Rider
Genre: Natural History
ISBN: 9781846045578
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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The bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees lets you in on the quintessential knowledge for an atmospheric journey of discovery in the forest.  Learn to find your way around the woods without a compass or GPS, which berries and mushrooms are good to eat, how to read animal tracks and what it's like to spend a night alone in the woods.


The TrespassersCover Image, The Yield

Meg Mundell
University of Queensland Press
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780702262555
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.95
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A shipload of migrant workers departs the UK, dreaming of a fresh start in prosperous Australia, and for nine-year-old Cleary, deaf for three years, the journey promises adventure and new friendships. But when a crew member is found murdered and passengers start falling gravely ill, the Steadfast is plunged into chaos.


The YieldCover Image, The Yield

Tara June Winch
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780143785750
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather’s death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land - a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.


Good Girl Bad GirlCover Image, Novacene

Michael Robotham
Hachette
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780733638053
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half-starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift - she knows when someone is lying. And nobody is telling the truth.


NovaceneCover Image, Novacene

James Lovelock
Allen Lane
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9780241399361
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis and the greatest environmental thinker of our time has produced an astounding new theory about future of life on Earth. He argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age - the novacene - has already begun.


MinotaurCover Image, Minotaur

Peter Goldsworthy
Viking
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780143795698
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Peter Goldsworthy's new novel features a blind detective determined to deliver justice to the man who shot him, even though his failed assassin has broken out of jail and is equally determined to finish the job. Cleverly structured around the five senses, and with the action confined to one week, it’s pacey and taut, with the cat-and-mouse tension leavened by lighter interludes. Goldsworthy is interested in all that his protagonist cannot see, as he is forced to meet evil, acting on a trust in his senses, and the ineluctable mystery that is memory.


Live a LittleCover Image, Plots and Prayers

Howard Jacobson
Jonathan Cape
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781787331440
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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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.


SongsCover Image, Plots and Prayers

Don Walker
Black Inc
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9781760641504
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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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 TokyoCover Image, Plots and Prayers

Michael Ryan & Luke Burgess
Hardie Grant Books
Genre: Cooking
ISBN: 9781743794791
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 39.99
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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 MeatCover Image, Plots and Prayers

Matthew Evans
Murdoch Books
Genre: Cooking/Sustainability
ISBN: 9781760637699
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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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 PrayersCover Image, Plots and Prayers

Nikki Savva
Scribe
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN: 9781925849189
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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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 BankersCover Image, A Wunch of Bankers

Daniel Ziffer
Scribe
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN: 9781925849363
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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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 ArtCover Image, Mirka Mora

Sabine Cotte
Thames & Hudson
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9781760760298
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 49.99
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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 GorgeousCover Image, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong
Vintage
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781787331501
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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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.


Big SkyCover Image, Big Sky

Kate Atkinson
Doubleday
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780857526113
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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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 DoCover image, See What You Made Me Do

Jess Hill
Black Inc.
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN: 9781760641405
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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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

Cover Image, Frankissstein

Elizabeth Gilbert
Bloomsbury
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781526610423
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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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

Cover Image, Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg
Gollancz
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN: 9780141991740
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 5.99
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'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

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.


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.


The Erratics

Cover Image, Binding

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.


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.


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