More top 10 Aussie books

June 22, 2012 – 8:58 am

We asked our lovely library staff for their Top 10 Aussie books

Elizabeth’s Top 10 Aussie Books (in no particular order)

  1. Earthly Delights, by Kerrie Greenwood
    A baker main character, recipes and mysteries mixed in – a tasty read.
  2. Seven Ancient Wonders, by Matthew Reilly
    Rips along like an out of control action movie, hard to put down.
  3. My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin
    Breaks my heart every time I read it.
  4. The Keys to the Kingdom series, by Garth Nix
    I was on tenterhooks waiting for number seven to finally be published, only to find there was a reservation list dozens long at the local library.
  5. Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, by Ray Lawler
    Not strictly speaking a book, but reading the play itself still moves me to tears.
  6. Any of the Phryne Fisher historical mysteries, by Kerry Greenwood
    Heady concoctions about a detective heiress who likes cocktails, fast cars and men, set in 1920s Melbourne  – the recent tv series based on these books made a good fist of translating them but the books are better.
  7. Possum Magic, by Mem Fox
    The illustrations are so gorgeous.
  8. Monkey Grip, by Helen Garner
    As a twenty-something living in Fitzroy in the early 80s (ooh, does that date me!) this was familiar on so many levels.
  9. Puberty Blues, by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey
    The first book I ever read that bore any resemblance to Australian adolescence as I knew it.
  10. Playing Beatie Bow, by Ruth Park
    Gotta love Australian time travel – I discovered this book about the same time I first visited its setting, Sydney’s Rocks district.


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