Cracked and Spineless24 Feb | Share
There should be an old, weathered sign out the front of the Hobart bookstore Cracked and Spineless that warns ‘Here be Dragons’.
This is a shop with old bones, you feel it as soon as you walk through the front door.
In another era it was called the Imperial Bookshop, and was a favourite haunt for the current owner, Richard Sprent.
"This shop was set up in 1989 by a guy called Ian Beveridge," says Richard.
"He set the place up, and it became this little secret among people in Hobart, and it was absolutely filled to the brim with books. I mean, you think it looks full now? It had cassette tapes. It had records, and it had books, the kind of books I couldn't find anywhere else."