My Australian TBR – Vote Now!

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What do you do when you’re behind in your blogging schedule?
You make up a new list, of course!

A new list that sucks hours of your time and does nothing to help you finish any of the other posts in draft, but leaves you feeling weirdly satisfied.

A new list, inspired by N@ncy, to help international readers find Australian books.

A new list, that highlights just how severe my TBR issue really is.

A new list that you can help me reduce.

In the comments below suggest 3-5 books (or more if you have a lot of opinions) from this list that I REALLY should read sooner rather than later.

I will compile the numbers by the end of December.
I will then solemnly vow and promise to read the top FIVE books in 2020.

Below are the physical books and ebooks currently in my house or on my ipad. Some are new and some have been languishing for years. Help me decide which ones to read next?

Vote early and vote often!

The List:

1788 by Watkin Tench
7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading by Louise Park

Agamemnon’s Kiss by Inga Clendinnen
Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
An Australian Girl by Catherine Martin
An Australian Lassie by Lilian Turner
Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee
The Art of Reading by Damon Young
The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths
Arthur Phillip by Michael Pembroke
At Midnight & Other Stories by Ada Cambridge
Australia Day by Stan Grant
Australian Life, Black and White by Rosa Praed
Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher
Autumn Laing by Alex Miller
Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin

The Battlers by Kylie Tennant
Beauty by Bri Lee
Benang by Kim Scott
The Body in the Clouds by Ashley Hay
Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford
Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak
The Bush by Don Watson
Bush Studies by Barbara Baynton

The Cardboard Crown by Martin Boyd
A Child’s Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper
Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse
Conditions of Faith by Alex Miller
Coonaroo by Katharine Susannah Prichard
The Cost of Courage in Aztec Society by Inga Clendinnen
Craft for a Dry Lake by Kim Mahood

Dancing With Strangers by Inga Clendinnen
The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton
Darwin’s Armada by Iain McCalman
Dead Man’s by Mary Gaunt
Dear Parents by Gabbie Stroud
Dear Reader by Debra Adelaide
The Death of Jesus by J M Coetzee
Down in the World by Mary Gaunt
Dragon and Kangaroo by Robert Macklin
The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell
Dr Space Junk Vs the Universe by Alice Gorman
The Dyehouse by Mena Calthorpe
Dymphna by Judith Armstrong

Elizabeth Macarthur by Michelle Scott Tucker
End of the Earth (short stories) by Mary Gaunt
The Essence of the Thing by Madeleine St John
Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany
Exiles at Home by Drusilla Modjeska

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
The First Book of Samuel by Ursula Dubosarsky
A First Place by David Malouf
From the Edge by Mark McKenna
Fugitive Anne, A Romance of the Unexplored Bush by Rosa Praed

Georgiana by Brenda Niall
Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler
The Great Barrier Reef by Bowen
Gum by Ashley Hay

A History of Books by Gerard Murnane
Home by Larissa Behrendt
The House by Helen Pitt
A Humble Enterprise by Ada Cambridge

Inner Worlds Outer Space by Ceridwen Dovey
The Insane Root by Rosa Praed
Island Home by Tim Winton
It’s Raining in Mango by Thea Astley

Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner
Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell
Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller

Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land by Rosa Praed
Landscape of Farewell by Alex Miller
A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
Longlegs by Glenda Adams

Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson
Maybe the Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman
The Media and the Massacre by Sonya Voumard
A Mere Chance by Ada Cambridge
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
A Million Windows by Gerald Murnane
Modern Love by Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan
Mr Hogarth’s Will by Catherine Helen Spence
My Love Must Wait by Ernestine Hill
Myself When Young by Henry Handel Richardson

Napoleon: Passion, Death and Resurrection 1815 – 1840 by Philip Dwyer
No Friend But the Mountain by Behrouz Boochani
Not Drowning, Reading by Andrew Relph
Nothing New by Robyn Annear
Notebooks by Betty Churcher

The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman
Omega Park by Amy Barker
On the Wallaby by Elinor Mordaunt
Only in New York by Lily Brett
Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian
The Original Australians by Josephine Flood

The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom
The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley
The Penance of Portia James by Tasma
The Perversity of Human Nature by Ada Cambridge
The Pioneers by Katherine Susannah Prichard
Policy and Passion by Rosa Praed
Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood
Possum by Mary Grant Bruce

Quitting Plastic by Clara Williams Roldan & Louise Williams

Reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker
A Reef in Time by Charles Veron
Resilience by Anne Deveson
The Retrospect by Ada Cambridge
Riding the Trains in Japan by Patrick Holland
The Romance of a Station by Rosa Praed
The Rose Grower by Michelle de Kretser

Sagaland by Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason
Shallows by Tim Winton
Silent Invasion by Clive Hamilton
A Single Tree by Don Watson
The Slow Natives by Thea Astley
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters by Margot Neale
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
The Spare Room by Helen Garner
Stasiland by Anna Funder
Stories by Helen Garner
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
Sydney Harbour: A History by Ian Hoskins
A Sydney Sovereign & Other Tales by Tasma

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman
Thirty Days by Mark Raphael Baker
The Three Miss Kings by Ada Cambridge
The Timeless Land by Elenor Dark
Tiger’s Eye by Inga Clendinnen
Tivington Nott by Alex Miller
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
Trick of the Light by Laura Elvery
True North by Brenda Niall
True Stories by Helen Garner
The Turning by Tim Winton

Uncle Piper of Piper’s Hill by Tasma
The Unknown Judith Wright by Georgina Arnott
Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung

Watershed by Fabienne Bayet-Charlton
We of the Never-Never and The Little Black Princess by Aeneas Gunn
Welcome to Your New Life by Anna Goldsworthy
What Was Left by Eleanor Limprecht
Whipbird by Robert Drewe
The White Earth by Andrew McGahan
The White Girl by Tony Birch
A Wind from the Wilderness by Mary Gaunt
A Woman in China by Mary Gaunt
A Woman’s Experiences in the Great War by Louise Mack
Women Kind by Dr Kirstin Ferguson & Catherine Fox
The Writing Life by David Malouf

You Daughters of Freedom by Claire Wright

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7 thoughts on “My Australian TBR – Vote Now!

  1. Just sat down with my coffee…still one eye blurry and cannot read very much or tolerate bright light. Your TBR list is just what the 'eye-doctor' ordered! I can start my own Aussie reading list 2020!


  2. List:Axiomatic – all about death & grief & loss is right up your literature alleyThe Art of Time Travel – T. Griffths – introduced me to many Australian historiansThe Unknown Judith Wright – read about this poet in 'Nine Lives\” and want to know more about herTrue Stories – I did not want this book to end…. that good!Dancing With Strangers – blind date book for me but it is a 'classic' Australian non-fiction


  3. Yikes! The only one from this list I've read is Picture of Dorian Gray, which I read last year for RIP–I'd read it in high school. Quite fun actually. Only Oscar Wilde could mix hilarious one-liners with murder and drug addiction & get away with it.There are, however, a lot of books on this list I'm looking forward to your thoughts on!


  4. I suppose I can't say \”all of them\”. Please read Tennant's The Battlers for Gen 3 week.Read Terra Nullius before The Old Lie.Read Eliz MacArthur by Michelle Scott Tucker because she's a really nice person and it's a great bookRead The Swan Book because it's the best, most literary book written by an Australian this century.Read one of the C19th ones. I've read a few of them, An Australian Girl is my favourite.


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