Vote For Australia’s Favourite Novelist 2014 – Final Round of Voting

by |January 13, 2014

There is only one more week of voting left to decide who is Australia’s Favourite Novelist!

This is the longlist as voted by you, congratulations to all the novelists for making it onto this extraordinary list.

But the job isn’t finished. We need your final vote to decide the order of the top 50.

Vote for all your favourite authors, and spread the word, tell your friends and family to get voting! The poll closes 5pm Saturday.

Next week we’ll announce the Top 50 as voted by you and decide who, in 2014, is Australia’s Favourite Novelist!



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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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  • January 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I love Fleur McDonald. When iget started I find it very hard to put down

  • January 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Surprised that John Marsden didn’t make the list?

    • January 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Kylie, he’s there, have another look.

      • January 16, 2014 at 3:27 am

        Must have had my sleep goggles on, and can’t revote *sigh*

  • Heather Liebenberg

    January 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Tony Park my all-time favourite author! Love his books! Read and re-read them.. Exciting stories with great action and excellent twists. Everything I want in my books!

  • January 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Liz Byrski is my favourite Australian author, love her books, the speak right to the heart.

  • Emily Spurr

    January 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Rachael treasures books have inspired me and changed my life I can’t wait for the next one 💗

  • Pam Beveridge

    January 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Margareta Osborn books are the best ! Once you start reading then you can’t put them down! I can’t wait for Mountain Ash to come out in March 2014

  • Ngaire

    January 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Surprised Peter Watt isn’t there.

  • Mary Newall

    January 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Rachel Treasure is a real Treasure!

  • January 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I love Anita Heiss. Her books are witty and very well written. I love the way she deals with a serious issue with wit and fun through fiction.

  • Judy Tindale

    January 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I voted for you Jen good luck

    • January 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Ooh, I just check the list to make sure I was the only Jenn! Thank you for the vote, Judy. I am delighted to know you enjoyed House for all Seasons.

  • Robert West

    January 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Everyone I refer Tony Park to just loves the stories and style, even ex-wives

    • January 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Great comment, Robert, thanks to you and your ex-wives!

  • keepingyouclose

    January 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Australian authors really brought some magic novels this year. However my absolute favourite author has to be debut novelist Scott Bakers ‘The Rule of Knowledge’. Never have I read an action adventure novel with so much depth and heart. It was truly wonderful.
    My second favourite was the dependable Michael Robotham, whose crime novels consistently surprise with original and intriguing storylines. ‘Watching you’ was phenomenal.

  • Noelle Lindsay

    January 13, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Had my favourite authors, Liz Byrski, Fiona Palmer. Di Morrisey, Fleur McDonald & Kimberley Freeman

  • Ivan Brabant

    January 13, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Loretta Hill has written 3 books partly based on personal experience. Her books were well written and very enjoyable to read.

  • Tania Joyce

    January 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Kendall Talbot is the best!

  • January 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I love Fiona McIntosh .She has a great way of telling a story ,can’t put her books down .

  • Nicola Stevens

    January 14, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Good Aussie fiction

  • Kathy

    January 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Good Luck Keri Arthur

  • Caroline Kelly

    January 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

    John Marsden has earned his place in Australian literature by writing about what it is that makes Australia and its people.

  • January 14, 2014 at 11:05 am

    So many of my favourites on list………like trying to pick a favourite child. Thank goodness I could vote for more than one.

  • Kristy

    January 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Love Rachel Treasure! There a very few authors that i can’t put their books down and she’s definitely one of the top ones.

  • Rose Kenworthy

    January 14, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Tara Moss – love her thriller novels .

  • Sam Eaat

    January 14, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Paul Jennings is a clear winner for me. Anyone who can inspire children to read is a total legend!

  • Kathleen

    January 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Good luck

  • Sorkatani

    January 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow novels, along with Contest and Temple, make up the bulk of my Favourite Books To Read list.


    January 14, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Bryce Courtney is one of the best will miss his work


    January 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Matthew Reilly comes in second maybe even firsy just

  • January 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Tara Moss gets my vote but you made it very hard to choose with so many amazing authors.

  • January 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I love the range of Australian authors!

  • Cheryl Moulton

    January 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I love Fiona Mcintosh, well before I even realised that she was a home grown author, she has a magical imagination and extreme talent in making her writing come to life

  • MEP

    January 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Good luck to one of my favorite author Keri Arthur. Her novels on Dark Angels & Guardian Series are fabulous.

  • Kam Kitt

    January 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Rangers Apprentice, John Flanagan. Has me hooked in a series again.

  • Eva Papa

    January 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Mathew Reilly has everything a reader needs. Intrigue,action packed thrillers and Aussie. Cannot put down. Love them.

  • Simon Thompson

    January 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    One of those great novels that you can’t put down because you HAVE to know what happens next. The Rule of Knowledge by Scott Baker. If this is his first novel, you’ll be hanging to read what comes next!

  • Dianne McManus

    January 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I’m a mature woman, and I really enjoy Matthew Reilly’s books. I got hooked on Ice Station and now I’m looking forward to reading The Tournament.

  • January 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I have all of Matthew Reilly’s novels. Jack West should be in a movie – and Scarecrow for that matter (‘cos I want to see who would play ‘Mother”.)

  • Caroline Nicholls

    January 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Has to be Matthew Reilly. Fast paced books that get you hooked from the very first page and leaves you wanting more at the last.

  • January 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I speak to Rachel Johns all the time .. love reading her books and thrilled when she takes time out to chat with her readers.. there are some amazing talent there!!

  • Birgitta N

    January 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Matthew Reilly is brilliant. I have several of his book and can’t wait to read The Tournament.

  • January 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Liz Byski comes up with remarkable stories mainly based in or about placesd we all know of or have been to ourselves which make the stories so much more interesting one almost feels part of it. Vote for Liz she deserves to win!

  • John Williams

    January 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I adore Nikki Gemmel. High time for a reassessment of a writer who has been seriously underrated.

  • Pernilla S

    January 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Matthew Reilly writes the most facinating books, I adore the adventures he takes me on.

  • Collette Westerlund

    January 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Love love love Nikki Gemmel’s style. Simple yet beautiful descriptive writing. Content prevents me from being able to put book down until the end, not to mention the book hangover I suffer from in the aftermath.

  • Judy

    January 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Just love the Scarecrow novels & Jack West. Can’t wait for next ones.

  • Maria

    January 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I must admit…Colin Thiele …brings back childhood memories,of great reading !

  • Linda

    January 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Tim Winton for sure. It was love at first paragraph.

  • Sarah

    January 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Tim Winton is the master at capturing the Australian landscape, I love getting emotionally lost in his stories. He is also a wonderful advocate for the environment!

  • Cecilia Warrick

    January 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Colin Thiele a favourite of mine, couldn’t go past him.

  • Christine

    January 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Matthew Reilly books are spellbinding, and make you feel as if you are there in the book.

  • Ben Bryant

    January 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    i couldn’t decide between Kate Forsyth (her books are pure magic), Trudi Canavan and most of all Juliet Marillier, who wrote my all time favourite series the seven waters trilogy. all three deserved to be winners

  • Sandi Giles

    January 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Matthew Reilly, I was bored one afternoon had nothing to read, borrowed my sons books, love his style :)

  • Susanne

    January 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    David Malouf because Ransom leaves me breathless

  • January 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I really enjoyed Kendall Talbot’s book. She’s a new author, you should check her out!

  • Emsada Babic

    January 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    So many excellent authors to chose from, just like a Cadburys selection box – Flanagan, Winton, White, Marsden, Miles Franklin. Love them all!

  • Tanika

    January 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Felicity Young has my vote

  • Marie Barnes

    January 14, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Traci Harding is a fantastic author , Can’t beat a magical book :)

  • Rob Baird

    January 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Tony Park all the way!

  • Linda

    January 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    John Flanagan. Our whole family love his Ranger’s Apprentice series and we are now enjoying Brotherband.

  • Sharyn Stockdale

    January 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Keri arthur most definately my fav, loved riley series and risa is very close behind her

  • Katie

    January 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    So hard to choose- Tom Keneally for history, and Christos Tsiolkas for his raw story-telling!

  • Jessica Dilley

    January 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Juliet Marrillier should win and write one more Sevenwaters book!

  • Jackie Bell

    January 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Love the way Markus Zusak writes. It is unique and gripping and there is always a twist. He deserves to win. :-)

  • Faye Bibby

    January 14, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    So many great authors on the list, but for me it’s Tim Winton for the way he captures Australian life perfectly, thoughtfully and in full colour.

  • Allison

    January 15, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Tony Park – best ever – each book gets better – keep them coming! If you cannot get to Africa just read one of Tony Parks books you will fells as though you have been there!

  • Joanne Budd

    January 15, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I would like Felicity Young to win!

  • Angel

    January 15, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Kerri Authur in my book is hands down the best arthor. She keeps you turning pages and find yourself not putting down the book. Riley Jensen series were the best and I love how she’s writing Risa’s story.

  • Caroline Clark

    January 15, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I love T M Clark. Could not put the book down. I cannot wait for the next one

  • marie mciver

    January 15, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Tony Park, my favourite author, brings every story to life in the most remarkable way. Totally absorbing.

  • Linda Saggus

    January 15, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Love love love all RT books! Amazing author amazing books! I feel like I am a jillaroo!

  • cj

    January 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    i voted for tim winton. :-)

  • Jo McSweeney

    January 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I would have voted for Madeleine St John but she isn’t on the list :(

  • Tanya Hickey

    January 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Love Tara Moss! Her books I just can’t put down.

  • tashana

    January 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    have voted for jackie great reads

  • jody buhagiar

    January 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    P.L Travers, wonderful!!!

  • Lorraine Munt

    January 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    What happened to Robert G Barret ? He may have gone to that wonderful computer desk in the sky, but his LES NORTON will live forever. Is he just not politically correct enough, or is he too damned funny?

  • Robert Russell

    January 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I just LOVE Sulari ….she is just GREAT!!!!

  • Vivienne Spendelove

    January 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Spoilt for choice with this list of authors!

  • Ros Lergesner

    January 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Love most of them hard to chose the most fav

  • January 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Tony Park, a great author and a great bloke.

    Right from his very first, I have read all his books.

  • Fiona Holloway

    January 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you would love to see this movie.

  • Linda Tigani

    January 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    From my mid twenties onwards Bryce Courtenay had such a great way of engaging the reader and bringing them into his world. For younger children Paul Jennings makes reading fun.

  • Jackie Bilby-Lossie

    January 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Bryce Courtney Love reading his books.

  • Lloyd Coleman

    January 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Anyone who has not read a Tony Park book is missing out – great story – good plots and gives the reader an interesting insite into Africia.
    Warning – do not start one of his books if your short of sleep

  • sez searle

    January 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Love love love love Nick Earls!
    Discovered him in High School and couldn’t get enough!

  • Joanne Baker

    January 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    As an English teacher, I spend hours at the end of each year trying to prise copies of Marcus Zusack’s The Messenger from students. Just an amazing author!

  • January 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I hope she wins Booktopia’s favourite Australian Author; Juliet Marillier is one of few authors I re-read, (along with Anne Rice & James Barclay)… and she’s originally a mainlander:)

  • Wendy Ross

    January 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Just reading Chris Tsiolkas book Barracuda now and it is awesome, same as The Slap was…….just love his work!!

  • January 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Bryce Courtney – he wrote some great novels and turned into even better films

  • January 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Bryce Courtney wrote some great novels that were turned into even better films

  • Helena Kearns

    January 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Tim Winton, outstanding writer.

  • Sonia cattley

    January 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Kerry greenwood…..inspired a TV series for all generations

  • Kath schwab

    January 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Caroline Overington. One of the brightest , young, female Australian authors around.

  • Arlene Jackson

    January 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Goodness this was hard but I went for Tim Winton in the end because he captures the essence of Australians and the rawness of our land whether it be coast or inland. Hannah Kent amazed me with her first book, Marcus Zuszak, Helen Garner, Tom Keneally……… well all on the list are superb writers. I will eagerly look forward to seeing the result!

  • Carol Grunfeld

    January 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Rachael treasure yep every book, front to back always a fantastic read and i’ve re read every single one more than once

  • January 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Has to be Tony Park for sure. Can never put his books down. A definate must read for anyone.

  • Rachelle Schloeffel

    January 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    What a hard decision but I finally voted :) Thank you

  • Jason Warwick

    January 15, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    John Flanagan all the way he has changed my life by his Rangers Apprentice series and showed that even orphans are sometimes the exact person for the job. And his Brotherband series is just completely wonferful and this one shows that even the unwanted are valuable and a great service to their country. In both series he has showed that even the littlest or unwanted or a different nationality to you can still stand up to bullies and be off service in the future. JOHN FLANAGAN SHOULD WIN WITHOUT A VOTE CAUSE HE IS JUST THAT GOOD.

  • Lesley Grove

    January 16, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Matthew Reilly is the best for full on adventure.

  • Norma Woodcock

    January 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Couldn’t find Hannah Kent – Burial Rites . I know this is her first book but I couldn’t put it down.As she is an Australian writer I wish her all the best with her future writing.

  • Cheryl Moulton

    January 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Fiona McIntosh, is an amazing writer, bringing her characters and stories to life and keeping me mesmorised and unwilling to put the book down to do housework

  • Yasmin O'Neill

    January 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I love Traci Harding books

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Tony Park Australia’s Wilbur Smith , better than him ..up to date topics action and wonderful descriptions of life in Africa and has my wife Sandy and me waiting to read more… If any complaints he takes to long to get to his next book in the UK ..but got my vote ..great author

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Tony Park is now the leading writer on thrillers and excitement on the African tragedies , occurrences and his novels are always tense and exciting ..never able to put the book down until it’s finished ..he replaces Wilbur Smith as number one in this category of adventures in Africa ..his knowledge and research into his books is sometimes overwhelming ..his writing style is one of putting the reading right into the action sex and thrills …and his knowledge of weapons , wild life ,African history and society even to street descriptions is exceptional ..he is worthy of being Australia’s top writer ..only complaint but I do overcome this is that his books are not easily available in the UK ..his publishers in UK take ages before his new books are available here ..that is not the authors fault …Wonderful writer and cannot wait nor can my wife Sandy wait for his next book to be available ,,,Good Luck Tony Park you deserve it .

  • Leanne

    January 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Our Aussie children’s writers are great! Using humour,& irreverence to capture kids imaginations and hopefully lead them to a lifetime love of reading. Really enjoy Kerry Greenwoods Miss Fisher Mysteries.

  • Courtney

    January 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Bryce Courtney such a fabulous novelist
    I have always enjoyed his books xo

  • Ria McMahon

    January 17, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Where is Garry Disher? His Challis series is an excellent read.

  • January 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Tim Winton is the man who gave me compassion for Australians – no small feat!

  • January 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Bryce Courtney, his passion comes out in his writing, and exuberates in every word.

  • January 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Andy Griffiths is my favourite novelist for 2014 for the love of reading he inspires in young people; regardless of the “just disgusting” behaviours he discusses. He is the superstar of kids’ literature (I’ve seen it in action – a frenzy akin to the appearance of a Hollywood A-lister). His novels recruit the bibliophiles of our future for which I am thankful. Cheers, Andy!

  • Noodle

    January 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Kate Forsyth is awesome. Well developed characters. You can tell she lives and breathes her writing. Just breathtaking.

  • January 17, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Jenn Mcleod is where Rebecca Raisin is headed :)
    I’m wondering why Marcus Gibson isn’t in the 50’s list. His novel “D” is amazing.

  • Denis Mitchell

    January 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Kerry Greenwood does it for me. I was hooked from the word go. Not just one great character but two. Always Mystery and Suspense. Kerry has it all.

  • Alison Swann

    January 20, 2014 at 11:12 am

    People ask … why isn’t xxxxx here? Well you needed to vote. It was an impressive list, with several of my favourites. Looking forward to the outcome.

  • Donna Hutcheson

    January 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Fleur McDonald gets my vote. Not only does she know her stuff, we live in the same town.


    January 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Tony Parks get my vote – what a brilliant author just finished reading The Prey and boy did it take me down memory lane after living in South Africa for 34 years – could not put this book down. Don’t know how I am going to survive waiting for his next book to come out!!!

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