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Book recommendation – Australian Literature : a sequel

September 25, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

Hello everyone,

Thanks a lot for all the book recommendations I received when I asked about Australian lit books. What a great response to my billet!

You can find lists by Lisa here and here and one by Sue here. I compiled a list of all the titles I could gather from lists and comments and I want to share it with you, it might be useful.  I hope I didn’t miss one, there were so many!

  1. The Three Miss Kings by Ada Cambridge
  2. The Sitters by Alex Miller
  3. I For Isobel by Amy Witting
  4. Behind the Night Bazaar by Angela Savage
  5. Paris Dreaming by Anita Heiss
  6. Barb Wires and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss
  7. Double-Wolf by Brian Castro
  8. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
  9. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  10. Painted Clay by Capel Boake
  11. The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy
  12. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  13. The Glass Canoe by David Ireland
  14. Ransom by David Malouf
  15. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
  16. Fly Away Peter by David Malouf
  17. Glissando – A Melodrama by David Musgrave
  18. The Book of Emmett by Deborah Forster
  19. The Catherine Wheel by Elizabeth Harrower
  20. The Watchtower by Elizabeth Harrower
  21. Three Dollars by Elliott Perlman
  22. Taming the Beast by Emily Maguire
  23. All the Birds, Singing by Evi Wyld
  24. My Brother Jack by George Johnson
  25. Barley Patch by Gerald Murnane
  26. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  27. The Fortune of Richard Mahoney by Henry Handel Richardson
  28. Walkabout by James Vance Marshall
  29. Panthers and The Museum of Fire by Jen Craig
  30. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
  31. Gilgamesh by Joan London
  32. The Secret River by Kate Grenville
  33. The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville
  34. That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott
  35. True Country by Kim Scott
  36. Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
  37. (For the Term of) His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke
  38. The Cardboard Crown by Martin Boyd
  39. Lexicon by Max Barry
  40. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  41. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  42. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
  43. The Death of Bunny Munroe by Nick Cave
  44. And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave
  45. Amy’s Children by Olga Masters
  46. Loving Daughters by Olga Masters
  47. Voss by Patrick White
  48. The Tree of Man by Patrick White
  49. The Eye of the Storm by Patrick White
  50. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  51. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
  52. The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
  53. The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea by Randolph Stow
  54. The Sound Of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagan
  55. Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan
  56. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  57. Floundering by Romy Ash
  58. Swords and Crowns and Rings by Ruth Park
  59. The Harp in the South by Ruth Park
  60. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  61. The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
  62. The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
  63. A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
  64. The Art of the Engine Driver by Steven Carroll
  65. Life in Seven Mistakes: A Novel by Susan Johnson
  66. Drylands by Thea Astley
  67. Coda by Thea Astley
  68. Dirt Music by Tim Winton
  69. The Riders by Tim Winton
  70. Breath by Tim Winton
  71. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
  72. Black Teeth by Zane Lovitt

The titles in bold are the ones I already have on the shelf, so, obviously, I’ll start with these. I think that For the Rest of His Natural Life is a must read. Then I’ll try to mix genres, times and topics. I have a soft spot for short books, so I’ll probably take the number of pages into account. I know it shouldn’t be a criteria but sometimes you have to be pragmatic: it’s a way to discover more writers in a limited reading time.

In bold green is my wish list. I hope I’ll have time to read this soon and now I have to think about reading them in the original or in translation. Some might not be available in French, I haven’t checked out yet. So, this list is not final but I wanted to let you know what I was inclined to read.

Of course, if you have new reading ideas, don’t hesitate to leave a comment! 🙂

To be followed…

Emma

  1. September 26, 2017 at 12:05 am

    A great list! I’ve read 40 of them. 😊

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    • September 30, 2017 at 6:02 am

      40 out of the 73? Wow. I’m not sure I’d score that high with French lit.

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  2. September 26, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Great list. Of your bold ones, The Rosie Project would be a fun one to start with. I haven’t read that Harrower, but she can be harrowing! I love her writing though (have read two novels and a collection of short stories). And Dirt Music is a good introduction to Winton, though it does go a bit over-the-top at the end.

    Of your green ones, the Witting, Perlman, Masters would be great starts though, really, your green list is excellent, nicely diverse!

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    • September 30, 2017 at 6:07 am

      I got The Rosie Project after reading Kim’s list of “Feel Good Novels”. I like to have a stash of those for moments where I’m too tired to read more challenging works.

      Guy recommended The Catherine Wheel and we usually have similar tastes, so I expect to enjoy it.

      I have Dirt Music in French, it’s a huge book. The French title is Par-dessus le bord du monde, which means something like “Beyond the edge of the world”

      About the green list : I tried to come with something diverse. I’m glad you think I did well.

      Now I have to have the time to read them, which is a challenge at the moment.

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      • September 30, 2017 at 6:12 am

        Yes, it looked like you aimed for a diverse list and yes, I think you achieved that. Rosie is a great feel good book, and I’d trust Guy’s advice too! If only Guy could also find some time for us to read all those wonderful suggestions!!

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        • September 30, 2017 at 6:18 am

          Thanks.
          I’m sure I’ll have a lot of fun reading all this…starting as soon as I finish the two I’m currently reading.

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  3. September 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Oh dear I have read only three of these. What a wonderful resource this list will be for the future though

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    • September 30, 2017 at 6:08 am

      Well, in case you didn’t have enough reading suggestions…

      I just saw you reviewed a Peter Carey, I’ll read your post.

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      • September 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm

        I would like to read more Australian fiction but if they haven’t been published in Uk also, the cost is astronomical as I found recently when I went to buy the recent Miles Franklin award winner

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        • September 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm

          I didn’t know that. I thought that as long as a book is available in English, it was available to all anglophone readers.
          Is it the same for ebooks?

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