Book Stack :: Australian Women Writers

I love reading Australian literature, especially by women writers, and so in honour of November having been #ausreadingmonth I thought I’d share a stack of some of my favourite books by Australian women. As always, click on the titles to go to the  Goodreads page for each book. I’ll pop links to my reviews too.

Tiddas – Anita Heiss
This is a beautiful book about women’s friendship, which made me want to read everything ever written by Anita Heiss. I’ve loaned this to so many of my friends, and everyone loves it.

The Wailing Woman – Maria Lewis
If you’ve been in the same room as me at all over the past few weeks I have probably told you how fantastic this book is. I definitely want to read more urban fiction next year (including Maria Lewis’s entire back list). My review is here.
Thanks to Hachette for sending me a copy.

The Saturday Portraits – Maxine Beneba Clarke
I’m only about a third of the way through Maxine Beneba Clarke’s brand new book, but I love it already. I am a huge fan of her writing for both adults and children, and I’m planning to read her poetry next year.
Thanks to Hachette for sending me a copy.

The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle – Sophie Green
Sophie Green’s first novel , The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club was an absolute favourite the year it come out, so I was delighted when this one arrived. I also saw Sophie at the Canberra Writers’ Festival this year, which was wonderful. My review is here.
Thanks to Hachette for sending me a copy.

The Blue Rose – Kate Forsyth
I adored this one, and also loved having the chance to hear Kate Forsyth talk about it (honestly, if you ever have the chance to see Kate speak then do it! I saw her 3 times this year and could honestly listen to her talk about anything forever). My review is here.
Thanks to Penguin for sending me a copy.

The Place on Dalhousie – Melina Marchetta
Melina Marchetta is another auto-buy author for me, and this contemporary family drama was an absolute delight! I haven’t read the previous two books about the group of friends at the centre of this story, but I’m definitely keen to now! Again, this was one where I had the opportunity to see the author speak about the book, and it was a wonderful experience. My review is here.

Gravity is the Thing – Jaclyn Moriarty
You might notice a pattern here – I have met Jaclyn Moriarty at a couple of events (mostly YA focused events, I  think) and she is just so lovely! I’m not quite sure how to describe the way her writing style makes me feel – it’s just so natural and comfortable for me to read that I feel like the story is hugging me (is that weird?). This book was so quirky and lovely! My review is here.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy.

The Lost Man – Jane Harper
I think Jane Harper is an absolute master at writing stories set in Australia with so much authenticity that you really feel like you’re there, and the setting becomes a character of its own. I think I might even like The Lost Man more than The Dry! My review is here.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy.

So, those are some of my favourite books by Australian women writers that I have read over the past two years or so. I do usually tag posts about books written by Australian women writers, so you can see them all here. I’d love to know if you have any recommendations that I should add to my TBR?

xo Bron

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