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“I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

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The Slap by Christos TsiolkasIn the second half of 2012, Australian readers were invited to vote for their favourite books by local authors. The results were compiled by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s First Tuesday Bookclub and announced on a television special broadcast across the country on 4 December.

The most popular books, the ’10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die’ span a broad range of genres, reflecting diversity and variety in contemporary Australian literature.

The Top 10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die

10. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
First published in 1967, this drama and mystery novel is set in 1900 and centres on a group of students from a women’s college who disappear during a picnic at the site of a real life landmark rock formation, Hanging Rock. Lindsay’s novel was adapted into a feature film in 1975, directed by Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show).

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