Books Set in Canberra or the ACT

This page is devoted to books set in Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) or written by authors from or based in the ACT. All the books listed below are fiction, except for those with a non-fiction tag. Please let me know of any that I have missed.

As time permits I will be adding links to blogger reviews.

Books set in Canberra or the ACT:

  • Margitta Acker | Meat Pies and Mumbling Blokes – A Canberra Memoir (non-fiction)
  • Merlinda Bobis | The Kindness of Birds (short stories) (reviewed by Tasmanian Bibliophile)
  • Michael Brissenden | Dead Letters 
  • Betty Churcher & Lucy Quinn | Treasures of Canberra (non-fiction)
  • Andrew Croome | Document Z (reviewed by Sue @Whispering Gums)
  • Paul Daley | Canberra (non-fiction)
    • Challenge
  • Sara Dowse | West Block (review by Sue @Whispering Gums)
  • Andrew Einspruch | The Light Bearer
  • Peter Frankis | Trouble in the Garden
    • Not A Flotation Device
  • Helen Garner | Joe Cinque’s Consolation (reviewed by Kim @Reading Matters)
  • Sulari Gentill | A Dangerous Language (Rowland Sinclair series)
  • Marion Halligan | The Apricot Colonel
    • The Point
    • The Fog Garden
    • Wishbone
  • Dorothy Johnston | The House at Number 10 (reviewed by Sue @Whispering Gums)
  • Paula Keogh | The Green Bell (reviewed by Tasmanian Bibliophile)
  • Christopher J Koch | The Memory Room
  • Steve Lewis & Chris Uhlmann | The Mandarin Code
  • Mungo MacCallum | The Good, the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia’s Prime Ministers (non-fiction)
  • Petronella McGovern | Six Minutes (reviewed by Tasmanian Bibliophile)
  • Alasdair McGregor | Grand obsessions : the life and work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin (non-fiction)
  • Robert Manne | The Petrov Affair (non-fiction)
  • G.A. Mawer | Canberry Tales: An Informal History (non-fiction)
  • Meanjin | The Canberra Issue (2013 | Journal) (reviewed by Sue @Whispering Gums)
  • Kate Mildenhall | Skylarking
  • Alex Miller | The Sitters (novella)
  • Frank Moorhouse | Cold Light (review by Sue @Whispering Gums)
  • Angela O’Keefe | Night Blue (reviewed by Lisa @ANZ LitLovers & Kim @Reading Matters)
  • L J M Owen | Dr Pimms: Intermillennial Sleuth (series)
  • Gordon Reid | Hornet Bank
  • Kel Robertson | Dead Set
    • Smoke and Mirrors
    • Rip Off
  • Jessica Rudd | Campaign Ruby (reviewed by Lisa @ANZ LitLovers)
  • Niki Savva | The Road to Ruin
  • Inga Simpson | Where the Trees Were
  • Anna Snoekstra | Only Daughter (reviewed by Janine @Resident Judge)
  • Rory Steele | Ghosts in the Helmet Trees
  • Cory Taylor | Me and Mr Booker
  • Samantha Tidy | The Happiness Jar
  • Andrew Tink | Honeysuckle Creek : The Story of Tom Reid, a Little Dish and Neil Armstrong’s First Step (non-fiction)
  • Karen Viggers | The Grass Castle
  • Sonya Voumard | Political Animals
  • Kerry-Anne Walsh | The Stalking of Julia Gillard
  • Kaaron Warren | The Grinding House
    • Dead Sea Fruit
    • Through the Splintered Walls
    • The Grief Hole
  • Narelle Wickham | You

Authors associated with Canberra or the ACT:

  • Merlinda Bobis
  • Alison Booth
  • Robyn Cadwallader
  • Gabrielle Chan
  • John Clancy
  • Bernard Collaery
  • Paul Collis
  • Craig Cormick
  • Dr PS Cottier
  • Nigel Featherstone
  • Lisa Fuller
  • Irma Gold
  • Tom Griffiths
  • Marion Halligan
  • Jack Heath
  • Mark Henshaw
  • A D Hope (poet)
  • Andrew Hutchinson
  • Subhash Jaireth
  • Dr Penelope Layland
  • Lesley Lebkowicz (poet)
  • Joy McCann
  • Annabelle McInnes
  • Emily Maguire
  • Kim Mahood
  • Dr Patrick Mullins
  • Omar Musa
  • Lucy Neave
  • Moya Pacey
  • Sandra Renew
  • Roger Rooney
  • Rachel Sanderson
  • Shane Smith
  • Karen Viggers
  • Sam Vincent

ACT Writing and Publishing Awards are an Australian literary award presented by the ACT Writers Centre for the best books in the categories of non-fiction, fiction, poetry and children’s literature written in the Canberra region. 

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