Sunday 13 November 2016

My Aussie TBR Pile

We're almost half way through #AusReadingMonth
How are you going with your reading plans so far?

I finished my Australian classic read (Swords and Crowns and Rings) much faster than I thought I would, so I plan to catch up on some of the unfinished Aussie non-fiction lying by my bed, making me feel guilty, before tackling my Christina Stead book, The Salzburg Tales for Lisa's #ChristinaSteadWeek starting on the 14th.

In the meantime, I thought it was time to compile a list of all the unread books by Australian authors, vying for my attention, by my bed, in my cupboard and on my book shelves.

If I can remember how or why each particular book found it's way onto my TBR pile, I'll include it in brackets. Everything else will have been the result of a fortuitious browse through a bookshop!

I figure this list will either scare me out of acquiring any more books -
or inspire me to get reading - 

Children's Books 

The Bad Guys Episode 4 by Aaron Blabey
Don't Call Me Bear by Aaron Blabey
Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey
Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London by Kate Knapp
Harriet Clare Christmas Fair and Mystery Dare by Louise Park
EJ Spy School The Test by Susannah McFarlane
Billie B Brown The Soccer Star by Sally Rippin
Molly and Mae by Danny Parker
Blue Sky Yellow Kite by Janet A Holmes
(all presents for nieces and nephews that I will peruse & review carefully before gifting)
Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell


The Dyehouse by Mena Calthorpe (ARC)
Sisters by Ada Cambridge (author recommended by Heavenali)
Coonaroo by Katharine Susannah Pritchard
The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley
Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson
My Love Must Wait by Ernestine Hill
The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark
The Salzburg Tales by Christina Stead

Adult Books

The Story of Danny Dunn by Bryce Courtenay (another book set in Balmain)
The Rose Grower by Michelle de Kretser (found in a market stall in the Blue Mountains)
The Turning by Tim Winton
What was Left by Eleanor Limprecht
Home by Larissa Behrendt

The Tivington Nott, Landscape of Farewell and Autumn Laing by Alex Miller (I loved Coal Creek so much, I've gradually been acquiring Miller's backlist)

The White Earth by Andrew McGahan

The Anatomy of Wings and The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee (I adored Foxlee's junior fiction book, Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy so much, I've tracked down her adult backlist)

It's Raining in Mango and The Slow Natives by Thea Astley
Omega Park by Amy Barker
Watershed by Fabienne Bayer-Charlton
The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom
Till Apples Grow on an Orange Tree by Cassandra Pybus
The First Book of Samuel by Ursula Dubosarsky 
The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton

The Body in the Clouds by Ashley Hay (after falling in love with Hay's writing in The Railwayman's Wife, I tracked down some of her backlist - fiction and non-fiction)

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (ARC)
Cabin Fever by Elizabeth Jolley
Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
Give the Devil his Due by Sulari Gentill
The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty (ARC)
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty


Aunts Up the Cross by Robin Dalton

The Great Barrier Reef: History, Science, Heritage by James Bowen and Margarita Bowen
A Reef in Time by J E N Veron (last #AusReadingMonth I finally read The Reef by Iain McCalman - it was fascinating and frightening in equal measure and made me track down some of his bibliography)

From the Edge by Mark McKenna (heard an interview on the radio that intrigued me enough to buy the book)

Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen Garner
The Biggest Estate on Earth by Bill Gammage
On Listening by Martin Flanagan

Resilience by Anne Deveson (purchased after the sudden death of a close friend in 2003, but only ever dipped into)

The Change: Women, Aging and the Menopause by Germaine Greer (yep! it's that time of life for me)

Tete-a-Tete: The Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir& Jean-Paul Sartre by Hazel Rowley
Not Drowning, Reading by Andrew Relph
The House on the Hill: A Memoir by Susan Duncan (ARC)
Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell
Island Home by Tim Winton
Reading By Moonlight by Brenda Walker
Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler
Notebooks by Betty Churcher
Modern Love by Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan
Welcome to Your New Life by Anna Goldsworthy
Dancing With Strangers, Tiger's Eye and Agamemnon's Eye by Inga Clendinnen
Only in New York by Lily Brett
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
1788 by Watkin Tench
Time Without Clocks by Joan Lindsay
True North by Brenda Niall
The Bush and A Single Tree by Don Watson
Gum by Ashley Hay
Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood (ARC)
The Best Australian Essays 2016 edited by Geordie Williamson

Which one should I read next?


  1. Some great titles! I was going to try to read My Love Must Wait by Ernestine Hill for the AusRead month but won't have time & I didn't want to rush it. I've been wanting to read it for years. Just started Miles Off Course by Gentill - I felt like reading something light and enjoyable & it is. Thanks for organising this. I've really enjoyed participating in this yearly event.

    1. Maybe we can read the Ernestine Hill together next AusReadingMonth?
      I only have one Gentill left (plus the e-reader only prequel). I hope she writes quickly :-)

    2. I just added 'Miles Off Course' to the Master List. Will keep Ernestine Hill's book until next year as you suggested. i just might have to start it in October so it gets finished :)

  2. I just finished a fabulous book by an Australian, Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. I think it was originally publish in Australia in 2014 under the name Laurinda. I loved it.

    1. I still haven't read Laurinda, even though it won several YA awards and I saw Pung speak at this year's Sydney Writer's Festival...and she wrote the Introduction in the classic book I read for #AusReadingMonth!!

      I look forward to reading your review :-)

  3. Anonymous16/11/16

    Great reference list of Aussie books, thanks!
    I'm waiting for a 'surprise' Aussie book to arrive...
    had to order it in Germany! Hope it is here tomorrow!

  4. Anonymous1/12/16

    I just knew you would have a great list of 'Australian non-ficiton!
    I needed a book for #WorldFromMyArmchair challenge....and I found it here!

  5. Anonymous17/12/16

    Next read should be..." The Bush" by Don Watson !
    I'm definetly going to read his next book Single Tree.
    Great writer!

  6. Just a thought...perhaps you can
    update this post 'My Aussie TBR Pile" in a
    new post? Links to reviews you've wrttten on books mentioned in 2016
    ...and new additions to the TBR! It would be an excellent reference
    post for my Aussi reading!

    1. Thanks Nancy - I'll aim to redo this for next year's AusReadingMonth :-D


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