Asking for Trouble – a novel

Asking for Trouble – a novel

Sydney, HarperCollins/Fourth Estate, 2014
ISBN 9781460701669
Found at HarperCollins and Booktopia

‘I love this book. It is not too much to claim that Asking For Trouble is knocking at the door to the realm of such classics as Kipling’s Stalky & Co and Thomas Hughes’ Tom Brown’s Schooldays and Alec Waugh’s The Loom of Youth.’ Crikey

‘Peter Timms is an accomplished stylist… He has a sharp satirical eye for the low points of Melbourne’s culture in the year of its Olympic heights.’ Sydney Morning Herald

Asking for Trouble is most memorable for the candid warmth of its humanity.’ The Age

‘… a witty and assured debut. Peter Timms’s stylish novel offers a coming of age story that is also a perceptive exploration of the darkness in a nation’s soul’ Michelle De Kretser

Read extract from Asking for Trouble



Sydney, New South (University of New South Wales Press), 2009
(updated edition, 2012)
ISBN: 9781742233727
Found at UNSW Press and Booktopia

Hobart is not a history, but it includes the historical. It is not a walking tour, but, in part, takes you up, down and along Hobart’s streets. It is not a tourism pamphlet …but is altogether more authentic and thoughtful.’ Australian Book Review

‘… exudes a discriminating fondness for the city …’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Timms takes a stroll through the city for a “biography” of his new home. His observations and interviews with a wide range of Hobart people reinforce many old frustrations but also prompt new insights’ Sunday Tasmanian

‘… sometimes it takes an outsider to skewer a city more accurately than someone with a lifetime of familiarity with it. I simply couldn’t put it down. Leo Schofield

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Private Lives: Australians at home since Federation

Private Lives: Australians at home since Federation

Melbourne, Miegunyah Press (Melbourne University Publishing)
ISBN 9780522855029
Found at HolisticPage and Booktopia

‘It is impossible to read this finely written and beautifully illustrated book without reflecting on the houses one has lived in or known.’ The Age

Private Lives is a room-by-room tour of the Australian way of living since 1900. Here the suburbs are seen, not as desolate, lifeless and clusters of little boxes but something far richer and more rewarding.’ Courier Mail

Australia’s Quarter Acre: the story of the ordinary suburban garden

Australia’s Quarter Acre: the story of the ordinary suburban garden

Melbourne, Miegunyah Press (Melbourne University Publishing), 2006
ISBN: 9780522851854
Found at HolisticPage and Amazon

Australia’s Quarter Acre displays how the most ordinary of gardens have been and continue to be extraordinarily important in Australian lives.’ The Australian

‘Timms has produced a unique social history of not only how and why people garden in Australia but what gardens mean to suburban life.’ The West Australian

What’s wrong with Contemporary Art?

What’s wrong with Contemporary Art?

Sydney, University of New South Wales Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780868404073
Found at Booktopia

‘Anyone who is interested in contemporary art in Australia should read this book. It’s extremely well written and has the advantage of being an important book with important things to say…’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Timms’ analysis of the forces within contemporary art is engaging. At a guess most readers will share at least some of his reservations.’ Art Monthly Australia

‘Timms … offers readers the opportunity to make up their own minds about whether the overhyping of some contemporary art is worth it.’ The Age

After reading What Is Wrong With Contemporary Art? we felt as though we had been beaten around the head … we decided we would never discuss Peter Timms again and drank to it – we needed something to forget and help us get on with our lives. The Art Life

Making Nature

Making Nature

Melbourne, Allen and Unwin, 2001
ISBN 9781865085043
Found at Amazon

‘It is part memoir, part conservation treatise, part poetry and enduringly, a sensuous visual descriptive insight into the importance of the environment.’ Canberra Times

‘Peter Timms is a powerful story-teller. Sharing his own discoveries, pleasures and enthusiasms, he introduces new ways of looking and thinking about the meaning of the word “nature”.’ Australian Garden History

‘An important book that touches a nerve for modern society.’ Tim Flannery

The Nature of Gardens

The Nature of Gardens

Melbourne, Allen and Unwin, 1999
ISBN 1865080829
Found at AbeBooks

A collection of essays by Marion Halligan, Margaret Scott, Belinda Probert, Carmel Bird, Alan Saunders, Tim Bonyhady, George Seddon, Warwick Mayne-Wilson, Morag Fraser and Peter Timms. Edited by Peter Timms.

‘This book offers thoughts for gardener and non-gardener alike – and turns out to be a jolly good read.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘There are passages here to make you dream of gardening bliss, but also elements that give serious pause before you reach for the shovel and seedlings.’ Qantas: The Australian Way

‘Timms is to be thanked, not only for this fertile and engaging book, sending out its shoots and runners in the mind, but for the resolution of his concluding essay, with its beautiful description of his garden-making in the bush.’ The Australian

Also available as an audio book.

Other books by Peter Timms

The Green Desert (photographs by Peter Elfes)

Sydney, ABC Books, 2013
ISBN 0733332153
Found at Booktopia

House (photographs by Robyn Stacey)

Sydney, Historic Houses Trust of NSW, 2011
ISBN 9781876991418
Found at Amazon and HolisticPage

Philip Wolfhagen (artist’s monograph)

Hobart, Craftsman House, 2005
ISBN 9780975730362
Found at Bett Gallery

Cultivating the Country: Living with the arts in Regional Australia

Editor, with Robyn Christie
Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1988
ISBN 0195549449
Found at Amazon

Australian Studio Pottery and China Painting

Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1986
ISBN 0195546598
Found at Amazon

Peter’s books can be found at various bookshops, including Booktopia, Amazon, HolisticPage, Angus & Robertson and Fishpond.

Selected essays and articles

A catalogue essay for the exhibition House and Home, at the Academy Gallery, Launceston, 2014.

An essay on the history of the Shepparton Art Museum, for a proposed publication, 2014.

An essay entitled ‘Assuming the Mantle’ (about Tasmanian history and its influence on the present), in Griffith Review, No 39, Autumn 2013.

Catalogue essay for the exhibition ‘Through the magic Lantern: Melbourne’s Parks and Gardens’, at Melbourne Town Hall, October 2012. Read extract

An essay entitled ‘Going off Virally’ (about the purpose of art criticism), in Island, no 125, Winter 2011.

Catalogue essay for an exhibition of photographs by Robyn Stacey at Stills Gallery, Sydney, 2011.

An essay entitled ‘A post-Google Wunderkammer: Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art redefines the genre’, in Meanjin, Autumn 2011.