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

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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122 Responses

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

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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

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  7. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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 .

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  14. 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

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  15. I love Traci Harding books

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  17. 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

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  18. 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.

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  19. Matthew Reilly is the best for full on adventure.

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  20. 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.

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

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

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

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  24. 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! :-)

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

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

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  27. Tim Winton, outstanding writer.

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

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

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

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  31. 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:)

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  32. 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!

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

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  34. 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

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  35. Bryce Courtney Love reading his books.

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  36. 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.

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  37. Thank you would love to see this movie.

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  38. Tony Park, a great author and a great bloke.

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

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  39. Love most of them hard to chose the most fav

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  40. Spoilt for choice with this list of authors!

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

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  43. 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?

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  44. P.L Travers, wonderful!!!

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  45. have voted for jackie great reads

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

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

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  48. i voted for tim winton. :-)

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

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

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

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  52. 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.

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  53. I would like Felicity Young to win!

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  54. 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!

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  55. 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.

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

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  57. Juliet Marrillier should win and write one more Sevenwaters book!

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

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

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

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  61. Tony Park all the way!

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

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  63. Felicity Young has my vote

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

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

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  66. David Malouf because Ransom leaves me breathless

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

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  68. 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

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

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

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  71. 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!

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

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

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

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  75. 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.

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

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

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  78. 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!

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

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  80. 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!!

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  81. 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.

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  82. 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”.)

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  83. 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.

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  84. 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!

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

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

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

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  88. 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

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  89. I love the range of Australian authors!

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

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  91. Matthew Reilly comes in second maybe even firsy just

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  92. Bryce Courtney is one of the best will miss his work

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

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  94. Good luck

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

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  96. Tara Moss – love her thriller novels .

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  97. 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.

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

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

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  100. Good Luck Keri Arthur

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  101. Good Aussie fiction

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

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  103. Kendall Talbot is the best!

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

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

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  106. 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.

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

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

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  108. I voted for you Jen good luck

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    • 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.

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  109. 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.

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  110. Rachel Treasure is a real Treasure!

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  111. Surprised Peter Watt isn’t there.

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  112. […] Author for 2014. Well the final round to vote is being held today, so make sure you head on over to Booktopia’s blog and check out their long list and vote for your favourite authors. You never know who might be […]

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  113. 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

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

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

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  116. 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!

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  117. Surprised that John Marsden didn’t make the list?

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

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

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

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