In Search of Hobart

In Search of Hobart


By (author) Peter Timms, Introduction by Robert Dessaix

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  • Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 114mm x 178mm x 26mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney, NSW
  • ISBN 10: 192141054X
  • ISBN 13: 9781921410543
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 241,298

Product description

Peter Timms leads us on a journey through his adopted city of Hobart, Australias smallest, most southerly, least prosperous, but arguably most beautiful state capital. He reveals a city in transition, shaking off its dark and troubled past to claim its special place in the contemporary world: going boutique, nice and slow, as one overseas visitor notes. From Hobarts convict legacy, its spectacular natural setting, heritage architecture and climate, to crime-rates, economic hardship and the recent disfigurements of the developers, Timms brings a wealth of fresh insights, exploring the city with a mixture of affection, admiration, frustration and sadness, interviewing a wide range of residents along the way. Those who have experienced Hobart as tourists will be surprised and intrigued by the lively, complex society this book reveals. Those who live there will surely discover their city anew.

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Author information

Peter Timms is a freelance writer, a former editor of "Art Monthly Australia," and a former art critic for the" Age." He is the author of several books, including "Making Nature: Six Walks in the Bush," "Private Lives: Australians at Home Since Federation," and "What's Wrong with Contemporary Art." He lives in Hobart, Tasmania. Robert Dessaixis the award-winning author of "A Mother's Disgrace," "Night Letters," and "Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev.""