Books Set in the Northern Territory

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This page is devoted to books set in the Northern Territory or written by authors from or based in the NT. 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 the Northern Territory:
  • Nancy Cato | The Heart of the Continent
  • Erika Charola and Felicity Meakins (editors) | Yijarni, True Stories from Gurindji Country (reviewed by Lisa @ANZ LitLovers)
  • Sophie Cunningham | Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy (non-fiction) (reviewed by Lisa @ANZ LItLovers)
  • Trent Dalton | All Our Shimmering Skies
  • Kathy De La Rue | A Stubborn City: Darwin 1911-1978 (non-fiction)
  • Gay’wu Group of Women | Songspirals
  • Nikki Gemmell | Cleave
  • Peter Goldsworthy | Maestro (reviewed by Kim @Reading Matters)
  • Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson | Larrimah (reviewed by Shelley @Book’d Out)
  • Sophie Green | The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club (reviewed by Theresa Smith Writes)
  • Peter Grose | An Awkward Truth (non-fiction)
  • Mary Groves | An Outback Life (reviewed by Jennifer @Tasmanian Bibliophile)
  • Jeannie Gunn | We of the Never Never
  • Phillip Gwynne | The Build Up (reviewed by Shelleyrae @Book’s Out)
  • Sara Henderson | From Strength to Strength
  • Ernestine Hill | The Territory (non-fiction)
  • Lia Hills | The Crying Place
  • Eleanor Hogan | Alice Springs (non-fiction)
  • Philip Jones | Ochre and Rust (non-fiction)
  • Tess Lea | Darwin (reviewed by Lisa @ANZ LitLovers)
  • Kim Lock | The Other Side of Beautiful
  • Fiona McArthur | The Desert Midwife (reviewed by Sam Still Reading)
  • Kerry McGinnis | Croc Country (review by Shelleyrae @Book’d Out)
  • David Malouf | Every Move You Make
  • Marie Munkara | Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea (reviewed by Janine @The Resident Judge)
  • Karen Manton | The Curlew’s Eye
  • Di Morrissey | The Silent Country
  • Matt Nable | Still
  • Judy Nunn | Territory
  • Marlee Ranacher | Bullo: The Next Generation (non-fiction)
  • Neville Shute | A Town Like Alice
  • Miranda Tapsell | Top End Girl (non-fiction) (reviewed by Lisa @ANZ LitLovers)
  • Stuart Traynor | Alice Springs: From Singing Wire to Iconic Outback Town (non-fiction)
  • Terry Underwood | The Middle of Nowhere (non-fiction)
  • Various | This country anytime anywhere : an anthology of new indigenous writing from the Northern Territory 
  • Alexis Wright | Carpentaria (reviewed by Bill @Australian Legend)
Authors associated with the Northern Territory:
  • Clare Atkins
  • Johanna Bell
  • Nick Bland
  • Shirley Brown
  • Mary Anne Butler
  • Frank Byrne
  • Jo Dutton
  • Ali Cobby Eckermann
  • Tanya Heaslip
  • Barry Jonsberg
  • Irena Kobald
  • Andrew McMillan
  • Jennifer Mills
  • Glenn Morrison
  • Rod Moss
  • Marie Munkara
  • Leonie Norrington
  • Alan Powell
  • Derek Pugh
  • Nicholas Rothwell
  • Leni Shilton
  • Monica Tan

The Northern Territory Literary Awards celebrates unpublished work by Northern Territory writers. The Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards celebrates the work of published Northern Territorians. This award is for authors who have lived in the Territory for a decade or more. It focuses on three categories – fiction, non-fiction and YA/children’s.

One thought on “Books Set in the Northern Territory

  1. Hi, Brona, what a wonderful list! It was so great to see someone taking an interest in the Northern Territory authors like this. Thank you.

    I’d like to mention the bestselling award-winning Elsie Creek Series that is entirely set in the Top End/ Barkly region of the Northern Territory:

    The Art of Dust
    Diamond in the Dust
    Caked in Dust
    Xmas Dust
    Muster in the Dust
    Rolled in Dust

    Winter’s Walk – is another bestseller that involves the Larapinta Trail, Alice Springs.

    Oh, and I live in the Top End as a long time Territorian too. Does that make me eligible to join this list?

    If you care to review any of these stories, let me know.

    For more information visit


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