|Entrance to the Hobart Book Shop|
My partner Shane Jones and I recently spent five days in Hobart, Tasmania, where we celebrated Shane’s 60th birthday. Our last (and my first) visit was in 2002. I was delighted to discover that this bookshop is still in place – it’s always heartening to see the healthy survival of an independent book store, especially when it’s as impressive as this one.
I’m very much looking forward to reading Kurpin’s stories, including Moloch, which I believe is one of his best known. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, my photographs don't capture the fine, dextrous line work that distinguishes the illustrations.
The new publication (in terms of not being second hand) that I acquired is Australia Through Women’s Eyes by Ann Standish. It was published in 2008 by Australian Scholarly Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria, although I’ve never come across it before. The book primarily focuses on nineteenth century colonial women, several of them writers and artists, including Louisa Meredith and Marianne North, who wrote about the fledgling Australian colony, but, with some exceptions, including Daisy Bates and Beatrice Webb, whose voices have not been widely heard.
|The elegant front cover of The Garnet Bracelet|
by Alexander Kurpin
|Title page and illustration of the author|
|Front cover of Australia Through Women's Eyes|
|Page views from Australia Through Women's Eyes by Anne Standish|
Illustration: Kangaroo Apple (detail) by Louisa Anne Meredith
|Page views from Australia Through Women's Eyes. Illustration: Insect Study |
by Louisa Atkinson
|The Hobart Book Shop, September 2015|