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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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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 the counter for all customers.
  • We are still accepting cash as a means of payment, however payment by card is preferred.

We are now offering the following additional services:

  • Free delivery within the Hobart metropolitan area 
  • $5 flat fee to post outside of Hobart (including interstate).
  • 'Park and Run' - if you park nearby, we will run out to meet you.

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Literary news

2020 Indie Book Awards

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

2020 Stella Prize Shortlist

See What You Made Me Do (Jess Hill)
Diving into Glass (Caro Llewellyn)
There Was Still Love (Favel Parrett)
Here Until August (Josephine Rowe)
The Yield (Tara June Winch)
The Weekend (Charlotte Wood)

For further information, see the Stella Prize website. 

2020 Australian Book Industry Awards Longlist

For further information visit the ABIA website.

2020 Children's Book Council of Australia Notables

See the full list here.

2019 Premier's Literary Prizes

Tasmania Book Prize: Bridget Crack (Rachel Leary)
Margaret Scott Prize: Flames (Robbie Arnott)
University of Tasmania Prize: The Signal Line (Brendan Colley)
Tasmania Book Prize - People's Choice: Bridget Crack (Rachel Leary)
Margaret Scott Prize - People's Choice: Star-crossed (Minnie Darke)
University of Tasmania Prize - People's Choice: The People's Park (Stephenie Cahalan) and The Clinking (Susie Greenhill)

For further information, click here.


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New releases


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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**Special sale price**

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.


Waves of UnreasonCover Image, Fascists Among Us

John Biggs
Ginninderra Press
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9781760418823
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.50
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'This book illustrates just how destructive neoliberalism has been to ordinary citizens, and how the two-party system has been corrupted by greedy politicians who have placed their own and corporate interests above those of the people they are supposed to be representing. Biggs writes clearly and convincingly. I thoroughly recommend Waves of Unreason to anyone interested in the state of current politics in Australia - and that includes politicians.' - The Hon. Andrew Wilkie MLA


The FlameCover Image, Fascists Among Us

Leonard Cohen
Canongate
Genre: Poetry / Music
ISBN 9781786893147
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Cohen's final work, featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits. The Flame is a gift, offering an intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist.


The Personal History of David Copperfield (film tie-in)Cover Image, Fascists Among Us

Charles Dickens
Abacus
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780349144320
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 19.99
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“You are too young to know how the world changes everyday,' said Mrs Creakle, 'and how the people in it pass away. But we all have to learn it, David; some of us when we are young, some of us when we are old, some of us at all times in our lives.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield


The Iconic Interior

Dominic Bradbury & Richard Powers
Thames & Hudson
Genre: Architecture
ISBN 9780500023334Cover Image, Iconic Interior
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.


Fire CountryCover Image, Truganini

Victor Steffensen
Explore Australia
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9781741177268
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Indigenous land management expert, Victor Steffensen, offers us wisdom in a time of crisis, telling how the revival of cultural burning practices, and improved 'reading' of country, can help to restore our land.


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.


Ten RoguesCover Image, Fascists Among Us

Peter Grose
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9781760632618
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Australian journalist Peter Grose tells the infamous true story of a band of convicts who escaped the living hell of the penal colony at Sarah Island in Van Diemen's Land. By stealing a leaky and untested brig they had helped build, then sailing it across the Pacific from Tasmania to Chile with neither a map nor a chronometer, ten convicts began an incredible escape and an unbelievable journey.


AgencyCover Image, Fascists Among Us

William Gibson
Penguin Books
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN 9780241237229
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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A new novel from cult sci-fi author William Gibson.  In an alternate time track, Hillary Clinton wins the election and Donald Trump’s political ambitions are thwarted.  Moving forward to London, 22nd century: cataclysmic events have killed 80 per cent of humanity opening the door to a shadowy start-up that hires a young woman to test a new product, a ‘cross-platform personal avatar’ developed by the military as a form of artificial intelligence.


The MedicineCover Image, Fascists Among Us

Karen Hitchcock
BlackInc.
Genre: Health
ISBN 9781760641931
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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In The Medicine, medical practitioner, short fiction writer and essayist, Dr Karen Hitchcock, takes us to the frontlines of everyday treatment, turning her acute gaze to everything from the flu season to dementia, plastic surgery to the humble sick day. In an overcrowded, underfunded medical system, she explores how listening carefully to a patient’s experience can be as important as prescribing a pill.


The Bay: The European History of St HelensCover Image, Fascists Among Us

Garry Richardson
40South Publishing
Genre: Tasmanian
ISBN 9780648532842
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 86.00
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St Helens’ tin mining history and social history are showcased here in The Bay.  Richardson reveals the hardships endured by the early settlers of St Helens before tin was discovered, and the even more significant changes when tin mining ended.


Acid for the ChildrenCover Image, Acid for the Children

Flea
Headline
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781472230829
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder, alongside Anthony Kiedis, of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star.


The Weekend

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Charlotte Wood
Allen and Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760292010
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Four older women with a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three.  By the author of the award-winning book The Natural Way of Things.

Longlisted for the Stella Prize 2020.


Damascus

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Christos Tsiolkas
Allen and Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760875091
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, Damascus explores the themes that have always obsessed Tsiolkas as a writer - class, religion, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, exile - and the ways in which nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided.


Macquarie

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Grantlee Kieza
ABC Books
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9780733335907
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 39.99
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A new portrait of Governor Macquarie, the person who transformed the harsh, foreboding penal colony of New Holland into an agricultural powerhouse and prosperous society, but who also played a part in the dispossession of the continent’s original people.


The Commons

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Matthew Evans
Hardie Grant Books
Genre: Cooking/Tasmanian
ISBN 9781743795392
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 60.00
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Matthew Evans captures Fat Pig Farm’s year of growing, cooking and feasting. It’s part how-to, part evocative diary, part cookbook, and with more than 100 recipes it is the perfect inspiration for those about to embark on a simpler life.


Year of the Monkey

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Patti Smith
Bloomsbury
Genre: Music
ISBN 9781743795743
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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This haunting new memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. As Patti Smith heads toward a new decade in her life, she offers this balm to the reader- with her wisdom, wit, and gimlet eye - as she writes of grief, disillusionment and ageing.


Planet Earth

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Bob Brown
Hardie Grant Books
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9781743795743
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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A book of inspirational quotes from Australia's most valued and committed conservationist, encouraging readers to care deeply about our wonderful planet, and motivating us to act in its best interest.
 

Bruny

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Heather Rose
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760875169
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.


Eat Drink Love Tasmania 2

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Philip Kuruvita
Philip Kuruvita Photography
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9780992348588
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 49.99
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Kuruvita's new book mixes adventure tourism and stunning scenery with fine dining and great wines.  Eat Drink Love Tasmania 2 has all new recipes from quality producers such as Willie Smith's Apple Shed and Bruny Island Premium Wines, offering a glimpse into a world where there is still time to savour the really good things in life.


The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Philip Pullman
Penguin
Genre: Children's book
ISBN 9780241373347
Trade Paperpack 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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The second volume of Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.

**please note - this book includes scenes that aren't appropriate for younger readers**


Talking To Strangers

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Malcolm Gladwell
Allen Lane
Genre: Psychology
ISBN 9780241351574
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 35.00
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Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie?  From little-known stories to infamous legal cases, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected, including a spy who spent years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the man who saw through the fraudster Bernie Madoff, the suicide of the poet Sylvia Plath and the false conviction of Amanda Knox.


Shipwrecks in Australian Waters 1622-1850

Cover Image, Through Ice & Fire

Michael Nash & Graeme Boxon
Navarine Publishing
Genre: Australian
ISBN 9780992366087
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 49.95
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All known shipwrecks in Australia, including Tasmanian shipwrecks. Based on original documents, this publication is the most comprehensive account to date of the circumstances of these maritime losses up until the end of 1850.  Lavishly illustrated, large format.


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.


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.


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