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Six Tasmanian books to read this Summer

Tasmanan booksellers give us their picks for summer reading


Summer in Tassie is a great time to head to the beach or the park with a good book.

We asked some of our knowledgeable Tasmanian booksellers for their picks.

Big Red Rock by David Owen

This is the new “Pufferfish” detective novel, with a great central character and another intriguing plot. Perfect holiday reading for anyone who enjoys crime novels written with a touch of wry humour. – Tim Gott, Devonport Bookshop

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion

A great debut novel about love, loss, treasuring old memories and creating new ones. Just the book to take down to the beach. – Tim Gott, Devonport Bookshop

First Person by Richard Flanagan

Another thought provoking tome from the Booker prize winner that fits well in the age of “fake news”. – Michael Roach, The Book Cellar

An Activist Life by Christine Milne

Milne was a formidable fighter for economic and social reform during her years in parliament, as well as a tireless conservation activist. Her memoir is a privileged insight into her work and the machinations of Australian politics, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring summer read. – Anica Boulanger-Mashberg, Hobart Bookshop

Congo Dawn by Katherine Scholes   A captivating story of unconditional love and dark family secrets set against the civil war in post- independence Congo. A longer novel ideally suited for a long plane trip. – Tim Gott, Devonport Bookshop

Head to your favourite Tasmanian bookshop top pick up a great summer read.