My Top Ten Australian Books
Despite, or maybe because of the controversy surrounding the provenance of this story, I adore this simple love story set in the late 1800’s in the Blue Mountains.
This was the first time I really understood the importance of reading books set in your own country about your own life.
Robert Drewe’s experiencing of growing up in 1960/70’s Australia reflected so much of my own upbringing.
It was the first time I had ever read part of my own life in a book before.
It was very powerful.
A coming of age story set in 1950’s Sydney, that still looked and sounded like the 1970’s Sydney that I grew up with.
Very evocative and moving.
It’s due for a reread.
I’ve read this childhood classic so many times.
It’s funny, sad and loves the Australian bush as much as I do.
Although this is another book surrounded by some controversy about the nature of perspective in history, The Secret River introduced many Australians, for the first time, to the idea that perhaps the early settlers really did treat the Aboriginal population very poorly.
What’s not to love about this wonderfully creepy, romantic, very Australian mystery?
It also has a fabulous movie.
I learnt soooooooo much in this book that caused me to reassess what I thought I knew about our early colonial history and Aboriginal life prior to white settlement.
Quite a dense read at times, but eye opening and thought provoking from start to finish.
A modern day Australian classic that was just as interesting second time round as the first.
The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson
This was a mammoth undertaking a couple of AusReading Months ago.
Over 1000 pages of the life and times of Richard Mahony, an unforgettable character, loosely based on Richardson’s own father.
Set in the goldfields of Victoria, Melbourne and England – each area and time is brought vividly to life.
I loved and adored this book so much, that I want everyone to read it if they want to understand what early life was like in white colonial Australia.
Unfortunately blogger is having an image issue today, so no pretty pictures to enhance this post.
Do you have a favourite Australian story?
Do any of my Top Ten tempt you to try one for the first time?