(with gratuitous use of holiday photos)
|Start of the Sydney to Hobart boat race, Boxing Day – From South Head looking towards North Head as the boats head out to sea.|
1. Tell us about the Australian books you’ve loved and read so far.
2. When you think of Australia, what are the first five things that pop into your mind?
3. Have you ever visited Australia? Or thought about it?
What are the pro’s and con’s about travelling to/in Australia for you?
What are/were your impressions?
Although I’ve seen a lot of dangerous rips and hundreds of bluebottles in my lifetime, I’ve never seen a shark.
4. If you have been or plan to visit, where will you be heading first?
If you already live in this big, beautiful land, tell us a little about where you are, what you love (or not) about it and where you like to holiday (or would like to visit) in Australia.
The Blue Mountains (NSW),
Mornington Peninsula (VIC),
Port Douglas (QLD),
Port Stephens (NSW),
The Barossa Valley (SA),
Margaret River (WA)
– hmmmmm a theme is developing here –
a number of these places are famous for their wines!
|Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, WA|
5. Do you have a favourite Australian author/s or book/s?
Tell us about him/her/it.
He was the first Australian author that made me feel proud to be Australian (in a literary sense).
He was literate, passionate, erudite yet reserved.
Thanks to Tim, I sought out other Australian authors…I’ve never looked back!
6. Which Aussie books are on your TBR pile/wishlist?
But to name a few:
Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler
Notebooks by Betty Churcher
The Bust by Don Watson
Modern Love by Lesley Hardng & Kendrah Morgan
Thirty Days by Mark Raphael Baker
Gum by Ashley Hay
Island Home by Tim Winton
Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner
A Reef in Time by Charlie Vernon
Agamemnon’s Kiss by Inga Clendinnen
1788 by Watkin Tench
Dancing With Strangers by Inga Clendinnen
Saga Land by Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason
True North by Brenda Niall
The Unknown Judith Wright by Georgina Arnott
Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood
Coonardoo by Katharine Susannah Prichard
Whipbird by Robert Drewe
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
First Person by Richard Flanagan
The Pea Pickers by Eve Langley
It’s Raining in Mango by Thea Astley
Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller
Benang by Kim Scott
The Slow Natives by Thea Astley
The Turning by Tim Winton
Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson
A New England Affair by Steven Carroll
Everyman’s Rules For Scientific Thinking by Carrie Tiffany
7. Which book/s do you hope to read for #AusReadingMonth?
The Commandant by Jessica Anderson (QLD setting)
A Rightful Place: A Roadmap to Recognition edited by Shireen Morris (FREE)
Mirror Sydney by Vaness Berry (NSW)
Wishbone by Marion Halligan (an author based in the ACT)
8. It came to my attention recently (when I posted a snake photo on Instagram) that our overseas friends view Australia as a land full of big, bad, deadly animals.
Can you name five of them?
What about five of our cuter more unique creatures?
(For the locals, which five animals from each category have you had an up close and personal with)?
Whilst on camping trips & friend’s farms I’ve spotted kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, emus, goannas, platypus and untold number of native birds.
9. Can you name our current Prime Minister (plus four more from memory)?
No googling allowed!
The most recent others are Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and John Howard.