August Recommended Reads – Festival Picks.

This August we bring you a wonderful selection of works from writers who will be participating in the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival (14th -17th September). Check out this brilliant selection and remember to book tickets via our festival website here

Tasmanian Classic The Alphabet of Light and Dark by Danielle Wood.

Set on Bruny Island, The Alphabet of Light and Dark won the 2002 Australian/Vogel Literary Award and the 2004 Dobbie Award. It weaves a haunting, evocative story about how it is often through deep, intimate relationships that we find our sense of self, place and belonging. In subtle yet lyrical prose, Wood’s novel tells a story of two people coming to terms with their pasts, and an islands inescapable history.

“The author has that special quality which just jumps off the page … the voice is strong and the sense of place so powerful.” James Bradley


Tasmanian Recent ReleaseBridget Crack by Rachel Leary.


Rachel Leary’s debut novel is a gripping historical exploration of one woman’s struggle to survive a series of unimaginable hardships. From the cruelties of convict life in 1820’s Van Diemen’s Land to the volatile sanctuary of bushrangers, Leary explores the lengths Bridget Crack will go for her freedom in the harsh yet beautiful Tasmanian wilderness.

“Bridget Crack is a new Tasmanian legend. This is a brilliant, haunting evocation of women and history” – Heather Rose, author of The Museum of modern Love, winner of he 2017 Stella Prize.


Australian Recent ReleaseTheir Brilliant Careers by Ryan O’Neil’.

Winner of the 2017 Miles Franklin Award, in Their Brilliant Careers Ryan O’Neil has created sixteen fictional biographies of Australian writers. An original, comic exploration of what it is to be a writer, this book will have readers hooked.


Kids Recent ReleaseToo Many Sheep by Christina Booth.

Grandpa Jack says counting sheep helps him fall asleep, but what happens when all the sheep come inside the house to play? Calamity and chaos! Christina Booth’s new children’s book Too Many Sheep is a hilarious tale about a house suddenly overrun with sheep. Pre-schoolers and parents alike will adore this rhyming bedtime story with a twist.