Much to learn from our Australian Authors. October 27, 2017 – Posted in: Books, Review

Regardless of the genre, book form or style of writing, there is much to learn from our Australian Authors.

 

The land of plenty, the land of great mates, and lots of space. Australia has so much to exposes us in so many ways and books and authors are just one great example of the talent and expertise we offer the world. We have some fabulous best selling authors in Australia that draw on the culture and the unique setting that makes up Australia. This gives Australian’s something to recognize themselves in but also gives them the opportunity to share this unique land with people all over the world. To read an Australian novel you are transported to outback towns with characters that only remote areas can bring together or coastal seaside towns with big waves and big dreams. When an Australia Author does well, we all benefit, as we all get to experience our big country from it’s many and varied angles. The characters of Sydney reflecting the first fleet, the immigration of the English and the Irish 200 hundred years ago, the indigenous people and understanding their lifestyles and needs and wants. The school system with our ocker ways but hard working culture. I could explain the depth of Australian life and land that is exposed by our Australian authors all day but so much better to read and experience it for yourself.

 

Below are a few of our prominent authors, that have recently released a new book. But this list is small in comparison to the full list of Australian Authors producing fabulous books of every genre out there. Look widely for Australian authors, read them and appreciate our culture as only a book can offer.

 

Judy Nunn

Whether it was fishing with big brother Rob in the Swan River close to their home in Perth or skimming the ocean at giddy speeds in a skiff built by her father, it was a childhood brimming with adventure and discovery preparing her well for life as a storyteller.

“I was a tomboy,” Judy says. “Mine was an idyllic childhood. Our home was on the banks of the beautiful Swan River. Rob and I grew up swimming and boating and crabbing and prawning and diving for the mussels.”

With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, Judy Nunn is one of Australia’s most successful authors. In 2015 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her “significant service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author.”

In her new novel SANCTUARY Judy Nunn is taking a  brave dip into contemporary Australian policies. Like all Judy Nunn’s books it dazzles, painting a world that is simultaneously mystical and familiar. It describes the experiences of those able to survive the most horrendous circumstances, and the spirit of those who put themselves on the line to help them.  Available Now

 

Richard Flanagan

 

Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.

 

Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961, the fifth of six children. He is descended from Irish convicts transported during the Great Famine to Van Diemen’s Land.[3] Flanagan’s father was a survivor of the Burma Death Railway and one of his three brothers is Australian rules football journalist Martin Flanagan.

His latest novel “First Person” deals with the possible future. If you want to know where alternative facts, fake identities, and charismatic charlatans might lead us all, this is the book to read’. Says Penguin Random House Australia’s Group Publishing Director, Nikki Christer, First Person is available now.

 Peter Carey

Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943. In small-town Victoria, he was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School. In 1961 he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University. He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware of. He was nineteen.

For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends, working in many advertising agencies in Melbourne, London and Sydney.

After four novels had been written and rejected The Fat Man in History — a short story collection — was published in 1974. This slim book made him an overnight success.

“A long way from home” is Peter Carey’s  wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country/continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000-mile race, the Redex Trial. Available Now

Alex Miller

‘immediately accessible … works of high literary seriousness – substantial, technically masterly and assured, intricately interconnected and of great imaginative, intellectual and ethical weight’. Robert Dixon’s 2014 monograph on the novels of Alex Miller

Alex lives with his wife Stephanie in the Victorian country town of Castlemaine, where he writes full time. Alex is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a recipient of the Centenary Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life.

The passage of love by Alex Miller

 Local’s review (Julie): I thought this was a fabulous read. It is a long story – almost 600 pages but it doesn’t feel like it. Alex Miller’s Evocative beautiful writing gets you in its grip and you want to keep turning pages to just enjoy and savour his amazing way with words.  Available Now

 

This is a memoir, of sorts, of his life – coming to Australia on his own in the 1950’s as a very young man & living a life of adventure initially.

The love stories of his life are told with such honesty and raw feeling & intensity. A brilliant novel/memoir for me!