As many of you know, my TBR pile is out of control. A bigly number of those books are by Australian authors (I feel safe using bigly now that 1. we know that Trump actually said big league and 2. that bigly is a real work, although archaic and rarely used.)
I thought I’d list some of them, focusing on the state, territory or town that each is predominantly set in, to help our overseas #AusReadingMonth participants.
Since I haven’t read any of these books yet, I’m using their blurbs and goodreads reviews to help me work out where they’re set. If anyone would like to correct me, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.
Aunts Up the Cross by Robin Dalton (memoir) – Kings Cross, Sydney, NSW
The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough (historical fiction) – The Blue Mountains, NSW
The Dyehouse by Mena Calthorpe (fiction/classic) – Sydney, NSW
Mirror Sydney by Vanessa Berry (non-fiction) – NSW
The Timeless Land by Elenor Dark (fiction/classic) – NSW
Watershed by Fabienne Bayet-Charlton (fiction) – NSW, I think.
True North by Brenda Niall (biography) – NSW (& elsewhere)
Everyman’s Rules of Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany (fiction) – VIC
The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley (fiction/classic) – VIC
Sisters by Ada Cambridge (fiction/classic) – VIC
The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton (fiction) – Melbourne, VIC
The First Book of Samuel by Ursula Dubosarsky (historical fiction)- Melbourne, VIC
Conditions of Faith by Alex Miller (fiction/memoir) – Melbourne, VIC predominantly
A Child’s Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper (historical fiction) – TAS
The Commandant by Jessica Anderson (historical fiction/classic) – QLD
It’s Raining in Mango by Thea Astley (fiction) – QLD
The Slow Natives by Thea Astley (fiction) – QLD
The White Earth by Andrew McGahan (fiction) – QLD
Omega Park by Amy Barker (fiction) – QLD
Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller (fiction) – QLD
A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill (historical fiction/crime)- ACT predominantly
Shallows by Tim Winton (fiction) – WA
Benang by Kim Scott (memoir/fiction) – WA
Coonardoo by Katharine Susannah Prichard (fiction) – WA
Cabin Fever by Elizabeth Jolley (fiction) – FREE – an Australian writer with an overseas setting.
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright (fiction) – FREE – futuristic novel set in Australia
Dancing with Strangers by Inga Clendinnen (history) – FREE – all of Australia.
The Bush by Don Watson (non-fiction) – FREE – all of Australia.
As you can see, I actually need a year-long AusReading event to come close to reading all these books! Can you recommend any of these books? Which one should I tackle first?
My Top Ten all-time favourite Australian books.