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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: Fortune (Lenny Bartulin)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday July 3rd

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Book Launch: Journey (Jan Colville)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday July 25th

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Book Launch: Ella and the Ocean (Lian Tanner)

The Hobart Bookshop, 10.30am, Sunday August 4th

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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


Fortune

Cover Image, The TestamentsLenny Bartulin
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760529307
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 through the Brandenburg Gate, Fortune traces the fates of a handful of souls whose lives briefly touch on that momentous day and then diverge across the globe. 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


On Earth We're Briefly GorgeousCover Image, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong
Vintage
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781787331501
Hardback 2019
Price $AU29.99
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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 $AU32.99
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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 $AU32.99
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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?


Young Dark Emu

Cover Image, Cari Mora

Bruce Pascoe
Magabala Books
Genre: Children's Non Fiction
ISBN: 9781925360844
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 24.99
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Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu received a multitude of literary awards and here is the same compelling account of Indigenous history in a book formatted specifically for younger readers.     


Cari Mora

Cover Image, Cari Mora

Thomas Harris
William Heinemann
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781785152191
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men.  Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of the immigration authorities. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before.


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.


Frankissstein

Cover Image, Frankissstein

Jeanette Winterson
Jonathan Cape
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781787331402
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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From ‘one of the most gifted writers working today’ (New York Times) comes an audacious new novel about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire.  In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better judgement – with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI.


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.


Good Omens

Cover Image, Little Boy

Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaimane
Gollancz
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781473227835
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 65.00
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The hilarious end-of-the-world novel from two of the giants of fantasy fiction, now a major TV series, illustrated for the first time ever by Paul Kidby! With a corrected text, twelve full colour illustrations and further pencil drawings. This is the definitive edition of this much loved book.


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.


Machines Like Me

Cover Image, Binding

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.


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.


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?


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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