We recently asked our Facebook followers which Australian writers they knew and liked. The responses included many familiar names – Peter Carey, Kate Grenville and Tim Winton and others. While these are all, of course, very fine writers, there are many more fantastic authors from our homeland that we would love for our readers to know about.
Here are just some of the great books published in Australia recently, all of which have won major prizes.
Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Winner of the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year
In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the heartstrings. This is contemporary fiction at its finest.
The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia by Don Watson
Winner of the Indie Book of the Year
A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush takes us on a profoundly revelatory and entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.