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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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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.
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Upcoming events

Book Launch: Another Love, Another Life (Graeme Hetherington)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday September 16th

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 Booker Longlist 

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


Carpathia - Food From the Heart of RomaniaCover Image, Carpathia

Irina Georgescu
Frances Lincoln
Genre: Cooking
ISBN 9780711241824
Hardback 2020
Price $39.99
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Romania's delicacies and cuisine has a history stretching back to the Ottoman Empire with roots in Greek, Turkish, Slavic origins in the south and east, to Austrian, Hungarian and Saxon in the north and west.  Accessible ingredients will make this book a new staple in your cookbook collection.


Clothes...and other things that matterCover Image, Clothes and other

Alexandra Shulman
Cassell
Genre: Biography/Memoir
ISBN 9781788401982
Hardback 2020
Price $35.00
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By turns funny, refreshingly self-deprecating and often very moving, this startlingly honest memoir from the ex-Editor of British Vogue will encourage women of all ages to consider what their own clothes mean to them, the life they live in them and the stories they tell.


Au Revoir, Tristesse

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Viv Groskop
Abrams
Genre: Literature
ISBN 9781419742989
Hardback 2020
Price $35.00
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From the frothy hedonism of Colette and the wit of Cyrano de Bergerac to the intoxicating universe of Marguerite Duras and the heady passions of Les Liaisons dangereuses, Au Revoir, Tristesse is a love letter to great French writers. With chapters on Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, Honore de Balzac, Albert Camus, and of course Francoise Sagan, this is a delectable read for book lovers everywhere.


Meanwhile in Dopamine City

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DBC Pierre
Faber & Faber
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780571228935
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $29.99
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Meanwhile in Dopamine City is the story of Lonny Cush, single parent, who is trying his best to protect his kids from the hysterical hyper-reality of 21st century life. His daughter wants more than anything else: her first smartphone. And so begins the silken silence as she drifts off to her room and down the rabbit hole of memes, trolls, hysteria and peer-pressure. What should Lonny do?

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.


Magdalena - River of Dreams

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Wade Davis
Bodley Head
Genre: Travel
ISBN 9781847926111
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 34.99
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Travellers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free; for Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterful new book, the bestselling author tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation.


A Traveller At the Gates of Wisdom

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John Boyne
Doubleday
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780857526205
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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From the award-winning author of The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas, an epic tale of humanity: the story of two sons, one with his father's violence in his blood, one with his mother's artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will determine their fate. Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years.


The SandpitCover Image, Line Tender

Nicholas Shakespeare
Harvil/Secker
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781787301771
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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A sophisticated literary thriller in the vein of Le Carre involving the disappearance of a nuclear scientist in Oxford.  A chance conversation with an Iranian nuclear scientist sets John Dyer onto a truly precarious path, and when Marvar and his son disappear, several sinister factions seem acutely interested in Marvar's groundbreaking research at the Physics Faculty and what he might have told Dyer about it.


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. 


Little Eyes
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Samantha Schweblin
Oneworld Books
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781786077943
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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A cuddly panda, a brightly-coloured dragon, a miniature crow: they are 'Kentukis'. Not quite a phone, not quite a toy, not quite a robot, Kentukis contain cameras which allow someone on the other side of the planet to access the most intimate moments of another person's life.  And it doesn't take long for these apparently innocent devices to fall prey to our dark obsession with technology. A zeitgeist novel for our technology-obsessed times.


The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle

Cover Image, ShoestringPamela Rushby
Walker Books
Genre: Children's
ISBN 9781760651930
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 17.99
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It's England, 1873. When 12-year-old Hatshepsut (Hattie) Lambton's guardian is eaten by a crocodile she is sent to live with relatives: Great-uncle Sisyphus and Great-aunt Iphigenia, in their half-ruined castle, where Hattie discovers Great-aunt Iphigenia is an Egyptologist who conducts Mummy Unwrapping Parties at the houses of wealthy clients.  A rambunctious tale of mystery and adventure.


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.


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.


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 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
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.


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.


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.


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 9780857526137
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 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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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