So for all my foreign readers – today is Australia Day!
I’m actually away camping with my family this weekend so this is a sneaky scheduled post (aren’t they all?) but to celebrate I thought I would let you guys know some of my favourite books written by Australian authors! Just a heads up, I haven’t actually read enough books that are set in Australia to make a proper list (shame on me!) so these aren’t all set in Australia, but the authors are Australian so there you go!
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
This book is advertised as an Australian version of To Kill a Mockingbird, and while I haven’t read TKAM yet if it’s anything like this novel I am going to pick it up ASAP!
While this story can be described as a coming of age story, 13 year old Charlie is already wise beyond his years in many ways. When social-outcast Jasper Jones unexpectedly knocks on his window and begs for his help, Charlie eagerly follows him into the night, terribly afraid but desperate to impress (x).
This is one of the few books I have read in recent years that I read via recommendation from a family member instead of listening to the internet and I’m so glad I did. Definitely one of my favourite books of all time and I highly recommend.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
My godmother bought my mum a copy of this book back in 2013 and I read it immediately after thanks to both of their recommendations. I guess it’s another one I can say I enjoyed thanks to them!
The Rosie Project is a hilarious novel about Don Tillman, a socially challenged genetics professor who’s never been able to find love. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a wonderful husband, he comes to the conclusion that there is someone out there for everyone, and thus he creates ‘The Wife Project’ in order to find his perfect misses.
While this book definitely isn’t on my favourites list, its definitely worth a read!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
If you haven’t heard of The Book Thief in the past couple of years, I don’t know where you’ve been hiding out! However I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know he was an Australian author – a lot of my IRL reader-friends didn’t know until I told them.
The Book Thief may just be my favourite book of all time. Set during World War II in Germany, the story follows foster girl Liesel Meminger living outside of munich. In the midst of the war Liesel finds herself in one thing – books.
If you haven’t already, please read this book!
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
This book may just be one of the most beautiful books I read in 2015. Possibly the only Historical fiction I read during the year, Burial Rites is a story centering around the final executions in Iceland. Agnes Magnusdottir, a servant in northern Iceland, is accused and charged with the brutal murder of her former master, and is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.
I really loved this novel! I found the multiple narrative voices worked really well, and the writing style was engaging and really beautiful to read. Definitely recommend if you’re into literary fiction/historical fiction!
The Messenger by Markus Zusak
I couldn’t end this list without mentioning another of Markus Zusaks works. (I am) The Messenger by Markus Zusak is one of the few adult contemporary books I have read recently. Some would argue that this was a YA novel due to the age of the protagonist, but I definitely would class this in the adult genre.
After accidentally stopping a bank robber escaping, Ed Kennedy finds himself receiving cryptic messages written on playing cards in the mail. Each card gives hints to three people who’s life he must change in someway.
I absolutely love Zusak’s writing and both the premise and the ‘twist’ at the end of the novel really hit the mark for me. The characterisation in this novel was absolutely on point and I found myself unable to put this novel down when I had moments to read.
Have you got any Australian authors to recommend me – or Australian fiction? I’m clearly lacking in important knowledge!! Let me know below! X