Go to top of page
Take a literary journey with these must-read books and blogs, representing a cross section of Australian authors, literature and history.
- The Dry by Jane Harper. A NYT best-seller, mystery/thriller set in outback Oz.
- Breath by Tim Winton. A fictional tale of adolescence set in Western Australia.
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A romantic comedy about a genetics professor looking for love.
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. A true story taking place in the vast landscape of Iceland.
- Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. First book in a series for young adults about a foreign power invading Australia.
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, tells the harrowing journey of an Australian doctor during war time.
- Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships set in Brisbane.
- Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. Classic historical fiction set at the turn of the century.
- True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. Fictional re-telling of Ned Kelly.
- Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. Masterful family saga set in Perth, WA.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Now a major TV series set in California, read the original book set in Sydney.
- The Ladies in Black by Madeleine St John. Also a major movie, turn back the clock to the height of 1950's department store fashion.
- The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. A moving and romantic story about stories.
- Goodwood by Holly Throsby. A murder mystery in a small town.
- In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. A travelogue book about Australia.
- Bruny by Heather Rose. Family, love, loyalty and a new world order. One of the best new releases from Oz.
- A Children’s Book of Aboriginal Stories (open access download).
- Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories (read online).
- Nick Caves: Red Hand Files: https://theredhandfiles.us17.list-manage.com/profile?u=e3a1d76999a9cb593da469b4c&id=04ab1ac82e&e=39abde0578
- Meet the Smithsonian’s newest Chief Scientist - Aussie koala specialist Dr Rebecca Johnson: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/04/02/meet-smithsonians-newest-chief-scientist/