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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Sir Guy Green, of Brian Harrison-Lever’s new book, Transported.

The overcrowding of British prisons in the early 1800s was a problem solved, the ruling classes believed, by the transportation of convicts to the colonies, where labour was in short supply. Men, women and children branded “felons” were shipped south, often for crimes that in today’s world would hardly merit a firm reprimand.

Those transported – some unfortunate, some, it must be admitted, rogues – all had lives before their convictions, but we know very little of them. The narratives in Brian Harrison-Lever’s Transported make no pretence of being factual accounts, but are rather an attempt at shedding some light beyond numbers and statistics and briefly bringing to life a cross-section of a community that suffered and survived transportation.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When:  5.30pm, Thursday October 5th

Free event, all welcome. 
 
And other stories of transportation ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to a launch of Claire Higgins’s new book, Asylum by Boat.

In the late 1970s, 2000 Vietnamese arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing persecution. Their arrival presented a challenge to politicians, but the way the Fraser government handled it, and the resettlement of tens of thousands more Indochinese refugees, marked a turning point in Australia’s immigration history. Turn-backs and detention were proposed, and rejected.
 
Claire Higgins’ important book recounts these extraordinary events. It is driven by the question of how we moved from a humanitarian approach to policies of mandatory detention, including on remote islands and boat turn-backs. Like now, the politicians of the time wanted to control entry. Unlike now, they also wanted to respect Australia’s obligations under international law. Strikingly, it also shows the extent to which the attitudes and statements of politicians and policymakers can shape the mood of the country, for better and worse.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Friday October 6th

Free event, all welcome. 

And don’t forget ... 

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You are invited to the launch, with MC Les Winspear, of Lian Tanner’s new children’s novel, Accidental Heroes — the first in her brand new series, The Rogues.

If you’ve been to one of our launches in the past with Lian Tanner (perhaps for one of the novels in her previous series, The Keepers), you’ll know they’re no ordinary events! And if you haven’t been before, you’re in for a treat. As the author herself has been known to say, ‘Expect the unexpected’...

Free event, all welcome. Especially bears (of the stuffed variety please, as sadly the State Library doesn’t have a zoo permit); the fiercer the better!
 
Where: The State Library of Tasmania (Murray Street)
When: 11am, Saturday October 7th