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The first books that spring to mind for me are Death Of A River Guide and Gould's Book of Fish, both by Richard Flanagan. I've just grabbed Flanagan's Wanting (as yet unread) from the shelf and it too is set in Tasmania. Richard Flanagan is to Tasmania as Tim Winton is to Western Australia? Anyway, Wanting is going to be my Tasmanian challenge read.
I'd also suggest The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy.
I wasn't very fond of it, but A Child's Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper is also set in Tasmania. (But the true crime interludes are scatted throughout Australia. And I really could have been quite happy remaining ignorant about Ivan Milat, which is a large part of my grumpiness about the book.)
I'd recommend The Alphabet of Light and Dark by Danielle Wood; a beautifully written journey of self discovery set around Bruny Island in Tasmania. :) Definitely going to delve deeper into Flanagan's books, Death of a River Guide was wonderful.
I loved The Alphabet of Light and Dark , my holiday reading was The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson - Brilliant, which I followed up, (after a suggestion from a friend )with Wanting by Richard Flanagan all superb books set in Tasmania.. I read a Young Adult book last year which was also set in Bruny Island but cant recall the name. The Lightkeepers Wife by Karen Viggers (unread) is also set in Bruny. As a place it is a wonderfully wild, vulnerable place and a fabulous escape from city life.
Forgot to pop in here when I read it the other week, but Past the Shallows is an excellent book set in Tasmania by a debut author. Highly recommended.
Thank you wookiebender Past the Shallows was the name of the Young Adult book I was searching for - it was sending my slightly crazy trying to recall it. I really enjoyed it
Oh, I didn't realise we were talking about the same book! (Place names get forgotten quickly when I'm reading, unless it's repeated often enough or I know the place myself, which makes it more meaningful.) I also didn't classify Past the Shallows as YA, although it is about teenagers. I thought it could be read pretty much by anyone, and YA can be a limiting genre. (Because Some Readers think it's beneath them.)
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