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Tasmania

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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We feature a handpicked selection of travel guides, maps, literature, books on art, nature and culture, all designed to help you get more out of your travels to Tasmania. Order an essential package, and we'll ship any additional items for free.

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The Fatal Shore

The Fatal Shore

by Robert Hughes

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 752 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this celebrated social history, both scholarly and entertaining, Hughes traces the fate of those who were transported to the penal colonies of Australia between 1787 and 1868. It's an engaging popular account, drawn from the experiences of the colonists themselves. (AUS04, $21.00)

Lonely Planet Tasmania

Lonely Planet Tasmania

by Lyn McGuar | John Chapman | Monica Chapman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES

An excellent practical guide to Tasmania, geared for independent travelers and packed with much nuts-and-bolts info on excursions and sightseeing. (AUS81, $24.99)

Tasmania Map

Tasmania Map

by HEMA Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

A colorful, detailed map of Tasmania at a scale of 1:650,000. Published in Australia. (AUS40, $8.95)

 
Australia, An Ecotraveler's Guide

Australia, An Ecotraveler's Guide


by Hannah Robinson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

A handbook and guide to wildlife, habitats and travel in Australia with 400 color photographs and excellent descriptive information on birds, mammals and other creatures. (AUS128, $23.95)

In Tasmania

In Tasmania


by Nicholas Shakespeare

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 374 PAGES

A celebration, history and personal odyssey. Shakespeare, a British novelist, interweaves tales of long lost ancestors with his own tales and a colorful, anecdotal history of Tasmania since its settlement by Europeans two hundred years ago. (AUS172, $32.50)

The Floating Brothel, The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts

The Floating Brothel, The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts


by Sian Rees

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A richly detailed account of Australia's founding mothers, the more than 240 women deported from England for petty crimes in 1790. Sailing on the Lady Julian, these women were to ensure the future of the then-struggling colony. (AUS124, $18.99)

The Songlines

The Songlines


by Bruce Chatwin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Rory Stewart provides the introduction to this 25th anniversary edition of Bruce Chatwin's celebrated travelogue. Chatwin transforms a journey through the Outback into an exhilarating, semi-fictional meditation on our place in the world. (AUS01, $16.00)

Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Robert Ross

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Arranged geographically, this collection of works by mostly local writers, including Patrick White, Peter Carey and other luminaries introduces the cultures, geography and mindset of Australia. (AUS38, $13.95)

Death of a River Guide, A Novel

Death of a River Guide, A Novel


by Richard Flanagan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A haunting first novel evoking the tangled 19th-century history of Tasmania as a penal colony, narrated by the title's "river guide" in the last moments of his life at the bottom of a river. (AUS125, $13.00)

English Passengers

English Passengers


by Matthew Kneale

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 446 PAGES

An accomplished novel, funny yet wrenchingly serious, of cultural collision and rebellion in Tasmania in the 19th century. (AUS109, $17.00)

Gould's Book of Fish, A Novel in Twelve Fish

Gould's Book of Fish, A Novel in Twelve Fish


by Richard Flanagan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

Flanagan keeps the reader guessing with a dizzying mix of history, fantasy and word play in this wildly inventive novel steeped in the brutal 19th-century history of Tasmania. (AUS126, $14.00)

The Discovery of Slowness

The Discovery of Slowness


by Sten Nadolny | Ralph Freedman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

A late 20th century fictional biography of the 19th century polar explorer Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), a man who makes history by discovering the power of his own slowness. (ARC59, $16.95)

The Explorers

The Explorers


by Tim F. Flannery

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

Through 67 personal accounts selected and introduced by Tim Flannery, this collection reveals the human experience of exploring and settling Australia. (AUS89, $14.00)

The Nutmeg of Consolation

The Nutmeg of Consolation


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES

This 14th installment in the Aubrey/Maturin series finds Captain Aubrey and his crew shipwrecked and making their way to the penal colony at Botany Bay, the notorious first European settlement in Australia. (AUS17, $15.95)

Wanting

Wanting


by Richard Flanagan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The wildly inventive Flanagan (screenwriter for the movie Australia) weaves the facts of the life of Sir John Franklin, who famously disappeared without a trace in the Arctic, and Charles Dickens into pleasingly confounding, interlaced stories of ambition, desire and colonialism. Hardly a typical historical novel, Flanagan's latest is rewarding for readers with a love of words. (AUS221, $14.00)

The Future Eaters, An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People

The Future Eaters, An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People


by Tim F. Flannery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An engaging ecological history of Australasia, looking at human impact on local environments and animal populations in the recent geologic past. (AUS48, $16.00)

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