State By State


State by State is a rather ambitious attempt by me to list books that highlight or feature certain states of Australia.

I imagine that most of these books will be by Australian writers, but I’m happy to add books by international authors where appropriate.

I will attempt to list picture books, teen books & non-fiction titles as well as adult books.

I would be delighted to hear about your favourite books that have been set in one particular state or region of Australia.

Please leave a note or review link in the comments below stating which state, city or region the book features and any information you might like to share about the author.

2021 update: The links in this post take you to my old blog, on Blogger. This site will be updated as I have time. If you would like to read one of the reviews or posts, simply type the title or authors name into the SEARCH box.


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (fiction/Sydney)
Bob Graham (writer/illustrator/children)
Dancing on Coral by Glenda Adams (fiction/Sydney)
The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky (fiction/teen/YA/Sydney)
The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough (fiction/Blue Mountains)
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville (fiction/Sydney)
Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (teen/YA/Sydney)
Nanberry by Jackie French (teen/fiction/Sydney)
Pastures of the Blue Crane by H.F. Brinsmead (teen/YA/Tweed)
Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park (classic/teen/Sydney)
The Railwayman’s Wife by Ashley Hay (fiction/Thirroul)
Red by Libby Gleeson (teen/Sydney)
Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville (fiction/Hawkesbury)
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (classic/teen/Sydney)
The Sky So Heavy by Clare Zorn (teen/YA/Blue Mountains/Sydney)
Sydney by Delia Falconer (memoir)
The Tunnels of Tarcoola by JenniferWalsh (teen/fcition/Sydney)
When We Were Two by Robert Newton (teen/YA/country)
The Women in Black by Madeleine St John (classic/Sydney)


 Ash Road by Ivan Southall (classic/teen/rural)
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright (non-fiction/goldfields)
The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson (classic/teen/YA/fiction/goldfields/Melbourne
This House of Grief by Helen Garner (non-fiction)
Alison Lester (writer/illustrator/children)
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (classic/fiction/rural) 
A Waltz For Matilda by Jackie French (teen/fiction)
Whisky, Charlie, Foxtrot by Annabel Smith (YA/Melbourne)
Melbourne by Sophie Cunningham


Thea Astley (author)
Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson (memoir/FNQ/Brisbane)
Coal Creek by Alex Miller (fiction/rural)
Flood by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley (picture book)
The Flying Orchestra by Clare McFadden (picture book/Brisbane)

South Australia

Adelaide by Kerryn Goldsworthy (memoir)


Into That Forest by Louis Nowra (fiction/teen/YA)


The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge by Marianne Musgrove (teen/fiction)
Canberra by Paul Daley

Western Australia

Dirt Music by Tim Winton (fiction)
Eyrie by Tim Winton (fiction/Perth)
Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood & Terry Denton (non-fiction/children/Fitzroy Crossing)
Lost and Found by Brooke Davis (fiction/Perth)
Midnite The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy by Randolph Stow (classic/children)
Jan Ormerod (writer/illustrator/children)
Shark Net by Robert Drewe (memoir/Perth)
Shaun Tan (writer/illustrator/children/teen/YA)

Northern Territory

Welcome to My Country by Laklak Burarrwanga & Family (non-fiction/children/Arnham Land)
Project started: Nov 2013

4 thoughts on “State By State

  1. I’ve got a version of this project on mine too, (in suspended animation ATM) but the plan is to do a post for each state and I’ve only done a couple of them.
    Feel free to raid mine: you can find them in Categories under Origin of Author/Australian authors and then state-by state, and for settings, use Settings (fiction)/Australia settings, and then state-by-state.

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    1. Thanks Lisa.
      This is also one of my many projects in hiatus. Partly because I lost VICTORIA in one of the very early losses of an entire post years ago. I was so disheartened, I haven’t really looked at this since!


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