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Best Books About Australia

Recommendations from 12 articles, Bill Gates, Cheryl Strayed, Julian Burnside and 9 others.
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In a Sunburned Country
Bill Bryson - 2001-05-15 (first published in 2000)
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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely dif...
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True History of the Kelly Gang
A Novel
Peter Carey - 2001-12-04 (first published in 2000)
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I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false.In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling...
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Picnic at Hanging Rock
Joan Lindsay - 1999-11-01 (first published in 1967)
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On St Valentine's day in 1900 a party of schoolgirls went on a picnic to Hanging Rock. Some were never to return. This book was first published in 1967....
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The Secret River
Kate Grenville - 2007-04-10 (first published in 2005)
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In 1806 William Thornhill, an illiterate English bargeman and a man of quick temper but deep compassion, steals a load of wood and, as a part of his lenient sentence, is deported, along with his beloved wife, Sal, to the New South Wales colony in what would become Australia. The Secret River is the tale of William and Sal’s deep love for their smal...
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The Thorn Birds
Colleen McCullough - 1979-06-01 (first published in 1977)
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The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of this century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their seven children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister; and it ends more than half a century later, when the only surv...
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The Hate Race
Maxine Beneba Clarke - 2017-06-08 (first published in 2016)
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'Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing . . .'Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street.Except for ...
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A Town Like Alice
Nevil Shute - 2010-02-09 (first published in 1950)
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Nevil Shute’s most beloved novel, a tale of love and war, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback.Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman living in Malaya, is captured by the invading Japanese and forced on a brutal seven-month death march with dozens of other women and children. A few ...
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The Dry
A Novel
Jane Harper - 2017-01-10 (first published in 2016)
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A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly re...
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The Harp in the South
Ruth Park - 2009-01-01 (first published in 1948)
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Ruth Park's classic novel Harp in the South is one of Australia's greatest novels. Hugh and Margaret Darcy are raising their family in Sydney amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down boarding houses of Surry Hills, where money is scarce and life is not easy.Filled with beautifully drawn characters that will make you laugh as much as cry, this Aus...
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A Novel
Tim Winton - 2013-11-26 (first published in 1991)
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From award-winning author Tim Winton comes an epic novel that regularly tops the list of best-loved novels in Australia.After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the bright lights of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united, and—until God seems to turn His back on their boy Fish—religious. The Pickleses are ...
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The Songlines
Bruce Chatwin - 2012-06-26
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Voss by Patrick White
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Tracks by Robyn Davidson
My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani
A Fortunate Life by A. B. Facey
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
The Kookaburra Creek Café by Sandie Docker
Candy by Luke Davies
Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn
The Bush by Don Watson
Girt by David Hunt
My Place; an Aborigine's Stubborn Quest for Her Truth, Heritage, and Origins by Sally Morgan
My brother Jack, by George Henry Johnston
Bad Debts by Peter Temple
The United States of Australia by Cameron Jamieson
Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman
He Died With a Felafel in His Hand by John Birmingham
We of the Never-Never by Mrs. Aeneas Gunn
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally
That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott
Oscar and Lucinda, True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey