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Best Books About Australia

Recommendations from 8 articles, Bill Gates, Cheryl Strayed, Christopher Harris and 7 others.
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In a Sunburned Country
Bill Bryson - May 15, 2001 (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...
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Joan Lindsay - Nov 01, 1999 (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....
True History of the Kelly Gang
A Novel
Peter Carey - Dec 04, 2001 (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...
The Secret River
Kate Grenville - Apr 10, 2007 (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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Lenore Taylor
The Dry
A Novel
Jane Harper - Jan 10, 2017 (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...
A Novel
Tim Winton - Nov 26, 2013 (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 ...
The Songlines
Bruce Chatwin - Jun 26, 2012 (first published in 1987)
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For its twenty-fifth anniversary, a new edition of Bruce Chatwin's classic work with a new introduction by Rory StewartPart adventure, part novel of ideas, part spiritual autobiography, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin's most famous books. Set in the desolate lands of the Australian Outback, it tells the story of Chatwin's search for the sourc...
Looking for Alibrandi
Melina Marchetta - May 09, 2006 (first published in 1992)
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For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the nononsense wisdom...
A Novel
Alexis Wright - Apr 07, 2009 (first published in 2006)
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Alexis Wright employs mysticism, stark reality, and pointed imagination to re-create the land and the Aboriginal people of Carpentaria.In the sparsely populated northern Queensland town of Desperance, loyalties run deep and battle lines have been drawn between the powerful Phantom family, leaders of the Westend Pricklebush people, and Joseph Midnig...
The Thorn Birds
Colleen McCullough - Jun 01, 1979 (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...
A Fraction of the Whole
A Novel
Steve Toltz - Sep 23, 2008
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Meet the Deans"The fact is, the whole of Australia despises my father more than any other man, just as they adore my uncle more than any other man. I might as well set the story straight about both of them . . ."Heroes or Criminals?Crackpots or Visionaries?Families or Enemies?." . . Anyway, you know how it is. Every family has a story like this one...
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Patrick OShaughnessy
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
The Harp in the South by Ruth Park
Tracks by Robyn Davidson
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
Voss by Patrick White
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
A Fortunate Life by A. B. Facey
Candy by Luke Davies
The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
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
He Died With a Felafel in His Hand by John Birmingham
Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington
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