Wednesday 26 November 2014

State by State

State by State is a rather ambitious attempt by me to list books that highlight or feature certain states of Australia.

I imagine that most of these books will be by Australian writers, but I'm happy to add books by international authors where appropriate.

In keeping with my blog, I will also attempt to list picture books, teen books & non-fiction titles as well as adult books.

I would be delighted to hear about your favourite books that have been set in one particular state or region of Australia.

Please leave a note or review link in the comments below saying which state, city or region your book is set in and any information you might like to share about the author.

State by State may eventually become a reading challenge, but after losing a couple of draft posts lately, I am reluctant to let this sit any longer without publishing.

Blogger is testing the maxim 'publish or perish'!

So let's start at the very beginning...a list of Australian books & authors already reviewed by me with their state &/or region in brackets.


Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett (fiction)


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (fiction/Sydney)
Bob Graham (writer/illustrator/children) 
Dancing on Coral by Glenda Adams (fiction/Sydney) 
The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky (fiction/teen/YA/Sydney)
The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough (fiction/Blue Mountains) 
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville (fiction/Sydney)
Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (teen/YA/Sydney)
Nanberry by Jackie French (teen/fiction/Sydney)
Pastures of the Blue Crane by H.F. Brinsmead (teen/YA/Tweed)
Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park (classic/teen/Sydney)
The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay (fiction/Thirroul) 
Red by Libby Gleeson (teen/Sydney)
Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville (fiction/Hawkesbury)
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (classic/teen/Sydney)
The Sky So Heavy by Clare Zorn (teen/YA/Blue Mountains/Sydney)
Sydney by Delia Falconer (memoir)
The Tunnels of Tarcoola by JenniferWalsh (teen/fcition/Sydney)
When We Were Two by Robert Newton (teen/YA/country)
The Women in Black by Madeleine St John (classic/Sydney)


 Ash Road by Ivan Southall (classic/teen)
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright (non-fiction/goldfields)
The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson (classic/teen/YA/fiction/goldfields/Melbourne
This House of Grief by Helen Garner (non-fiction)
Alison Lester (writer/illustrator/children)
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (classic/fiction) 
A Waltz For Matilda by Jackie French (teen/fiction)
Whisky, Charlie, Foxtrot by Annabel Smith (YA/Melbourne)


Thea Astley (author)
Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson (memoir/FNQ/Brisbane)
Coal Creek by Alex Miller (fiction)
Flood by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley (picture book)
The Flying Orchestra by Clare McFadden (picture book/Brisbane)

South Australia

Adelaide by Kerryn Goldsworthy (memoir)


Into That Forest by Louis Nowra (fiction/teen/YA)


The Beginner's Guide to Revenge by Marianne Musgrove (teen/fiction)

Western Australia

Dirt Music by Tim Winton (fiction)
Eyrie by Tim Winton (fiction/Perth)
Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood & Terry Denton (non-fiction/children/Fitzroy Crossing)
Lost and Found by Brooke Davis (fiction/Perth)
Midnite The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy by Randolph Stow (classic/children)
Jan Ormerod (writer/illustrator/children)
Shark Net by Robert Drewe (memoir/Perth)
Shaun Tan (writer/illustrator/children/teen/YA)

Northern Territory

Welcome to My Country by Laklak Burarrwanga & Family (non-fiction/children/Arnham Land)

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Project started: Nov 2013


  1. This is going to be such a great resource (it already is, but, wow, the potential too!) - fantastic idea! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Vicki.
      I hope you can help me with some titles & authors.

      I'm still unsure how I'm going to set it up & make it work.
      I've been sitting on it for a year now...but sometimes you just have to start and see where happens next :-)

  2. Anonymous26/11/14

    Books from to browse in this selection of books. Admirable job reading and posting. Did an Australian ever win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

    1. Yes, Patrick White in 1973.

      I plan to feature him for W in my Aussie Author Challenge :-)

  3. Golden Boys is set in Victoria, though it's never explicitly stated, Hartnett admits it is set where she grew up. On Goodreads we have a list of books set in Sydney listed here:
    I would suggest adding NT: The Build Up by Philip Gwynne; Gunshot Road and Diamond Dove by Andrew Hyland I. WA: The Light Between the oceans by ML Steadman I VIC: The Fine Colour of Rust by Paddy O'Reilly I TAS: The Brotherhood and The Betrayal by YA Erskine, QLD: The Boundary by Nicole Watson :)

  4. Oh and for SA Victoria Purmans trilogy (Nobody Like Him, Someone Like You, Our Lind of Love)

  5. I'm so excited you're doing this for Australia! It will be such a wonderful resource!


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