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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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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.

Gift vouchers

Share your love of reading!  Hobart Bookshop gift vouchers can be gifted with any value of your choice from AUD$5.00 and up.  Make your enquiry here.

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Upcoming events

Book Launch: Doom Creek (Alan Carter)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday December 3rd

More details here.


Literary news

2020 Booker Winner

Shuggie Bain (Douglas Stuart)

For more information, visit The Booker website.

2020 Children's Book Council of Australia

See the full list here

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.


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New releases


The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
Cover Image, Waking Dreams

Richard Flanagan
Penguin
ISBN 9781760899943
Hardback 2020
Price $32.99
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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.


The Ultimate Animal Alphabet Book
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Jennifer Cossins
Lothian 
Genre: Children's
ISBN 9780734420091
Hardback 2020
Price $29.99
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From the Adelie penguin to the zigzag heron, this A-Z book is jam-packed with over 400 animal species and all kinds of interesting animal facts.
Discover why the American flamingo is pink, how emerald tree boas hunt their food, what a baby echidna is called and whether the dusky leaf money really has four stomachs. Another great book from this award-winning Tasmanian illustrator.


Inside Story
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Martin Amis
Jonathan Cape
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781787332768
Trade paperback 2020
Price $34.99
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Inside Story is a novel that had its birth in a death - that of the author's closest friend, Christopher Hitchens. In this very intimate work we encounter the vibrant characters who have helped define Martin Amis, from his father Kingsley, to his hero Saul Bellow, from Philip Larkin to Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Jane Howard, and to the person who captivated his twenties, the alluringly amoral Phoebe Phelps.


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.


Quarterly Essay # 79: The End of Certainty
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Katherine Murphy
Black Inc. Books
Genre: Current Affairs
ISBN 9781760642761
Paperback 2020
Price $24.99
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What has COVID-19 revealed about Australia, and about Scott Morrison and his government? In this gripping essay, Katharine Murphy goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the response to the crisis. Drawing on interviews with Morrison, Brendan Murphy, Josh Frydenberg, Sally McManus and other players, she traces how the key health and economic decisions were taken.


Our Shadows
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Gail Jones
Text Publishing
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781922330284
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Eliza Miller grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, just before her eighteenth birthday, a tragic event changed her life. Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, The Godmothers is a great big hug of a book that will fill your heart to bursting. It is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.


The Godmothers
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Monica McInerney
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760893736
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Eliza Miller grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, just before her eighteenth birthday, a tragic event changed her life. Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, The Godmothers is a great big hug of a book that will fill your heart to bursting. It is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.


Skunk and Badger #1
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Amy Timberlake, ill. Jon Klassen
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9781760525484
Hardback 2020
Price $22.99
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Skunk is Badger's new roommate, and there is nothing Badger, who prefers to be left alone to do Important Rock Work, can do about it. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens? Winnie-the-Pooh meets Wallace & Gromit in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship.


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
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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
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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.


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.


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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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.


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