The Rough Guide to Tasmania is by far the most reliable, comprehensive and carefully reseached of Tasmanian guide books available in the UK, and its author, James, Stewart, is almost as passionate as Tasmania as I am having spent months campervanning around the island for his cause. It is shortly to go out of print, but still available online and in good bookshops so snap it up while you can, or buy the Rough Guide to Australia with James's updated Tasmania section. You will also find some great travel features by James in the Independent-on-Sunday.
The supposedly extinct thylacine - aka the Tasmanian tiger - continues to attract the imagination of writers and scientists alike.
Shadow of the Thylacine is based on four decades of research and hunting by the author, who convincingly argues there might be about 20 tigers still in existence. Weather your a sceptic or like me a true believer this book is a cracking yarn.
Dave is probably Tasmania's most prolific wildlife and bird photographer and his books, of which just three are listed above, are full of the most stunning photography and information. Dave was first drawn to Tasmania in 1982 to take part of the famous Franklin River protest and spent years as a park ranger thereafter. He returns every year for a few months. With many thanks to Dave for allowing me to use so many of his wonderful images in my work including this website For more information on his books see www.davewattsphoto.com
This is the story of the convict Rufus Dawes, transported to Australia for a crime which he didn't commit. For the Term of His Natural Life is an Australian classic, a tale of inhumanity and suffering during Australia’s early colonial history.
A fascinating and humorous account of a rapidly changing Tasmania, told by one of Australia's most infectious raconteurs and highly regarded broadcasters, The Devil in Tim belongs in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor to Tasmania, first timers and regulars alike.
Death of a River Guide was called "haunting and ambitious" by The New York Times Book Review. Aljaz Cosini is leading a group on a raft tour down Tasmania's wild Franklin River when his greatest fear is realized -- a tourist falls over-board. An ordinary man with many regrets, Aljaz rises to an uncharacteristic heroism, and offers his own life in trade. Trapped under a rapid and drowning, Aljaz is beset with visions both horrible and fabulous.
A brilliant account of 200 years of Tasmanian history. In Tasmania on holiday, novelist Nicholas Shakespeare discovered a house on a 9-mile beach and instantly decided this was where he wanted to live. He didn't know then that his ancestor was the corrupt and colourful Anthony Fenn Kemp, now known as ‘the Father of Tasmania', or that he would find relatives living on the island.
A must-watch film shot entirely in Tasmania with a Hollywood line up starring Willem Dafoe, Sam Neil and Frances O'Connor. It was released in UK cinemas in 2012 and was a massive hit with all film critics. It is a powerful psychological thriller based on an acclaimed 1999 novel by Julia Leigh in which a mercenary is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian Tiger. A haunting tale of obsession that builds to an unforgettable conclusion, with landscapes that, as Telegraph critic Tim Robey commented, "sublime, but not without a brutal menace of their own, are undoubtedly another star and one worth drinking in on the biggest possible screen..." But even on your i-Pad, it will make you want to visit.
The film follows the final days of Irish convict Alexander Pearce's life as he awaits execution. In 1824 the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land is little more than a living hell. Chained to a wall in the darkness of a cell under Hobart Gaol, Pearce is visited by Father Philip Conolly, the parish priest of the fledgling colony and a fellow Irishman and relates the horrors he endured in the three months spent traversing the brutal wilderness of Van Diemen's Land.