In Search of Hobart

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University of NSW Press, 2009 - Electronic books - 294 pages
Exploring the city of Hobart, Tasmania, from a personal view, resident Peter Timms builds a lively, evocative and sometimes highly critical picture of Hobart today. The narrative deftly interweaves the views and opinions of residents and visitors--from the early convicts to the current mayor--with press reports and literary references to uncover how the city has developed over the past 200 years, how its sometimes brutal past has helped shape its special character, and what it is like to live in a small city on an island so far from the rest of Australia and the world. By thoughtfully examining Hobart's architectural and planning history, cultural life, economy, and, above all, its people, this thorough exploration helps explain why Hobart is changing in the ways it is and what its future might hold.

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About the author (2009)

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 Dessaix is the award-winning author of "A Mother's Disgrace," "Night Letters," and "Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev.

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