VOTE NOW in The Finals: Who will be crowned your Favourite Australian Author?

by |January 13, 2017

The time has come to VOTE IN THE FINALS for your Favourite Australian Author!

Two weeks ago, thousands of you took to social media to nominate your favourite Australian authors in Booktopia’s annual reader poll. Last week your top nominations faced off in a series of 5 Heats; your top 15 authors from each Heat are now ready to fight it out in this week’s Finals!

Vote in THE FINALS now! Voting is open until Friday, January 20 at 11:59pm (AEDT)
PRIZE: If you leave your name and contact details when voting, you’ll go into the draw to win a $1000 RRP book pack!

This is your last chance to champion your favourites and possibly crown them Australia’s Favourite Australian Author!

The poll closes on Friday, January 20 AT 11:59pm (AEDT). From Monday, January 23, we’ll start counting down your top 50 authors, unveiling 10 authors each day until the announcement of your top 10 favourites on Friday, January 27. To vote, you must enable cookies on your browser.

You may only vote for each author once. However, you may vote for as many authors as you like – we know you have more than one favourite!

 

How It Works

January 3-8: Nominations
Nominate your favourite Australian authors. You can nominate as many as you like, anyone who you think deserves recognition. Nominate them in 1 of 4 easy ways: Email us at faveozauthor@booktopia.com.au, or tag us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, naming your favourites. Or use the hashtag #ausfaveauthor. The top nominations will make it through to the Heats.

January 9-15: The Heats (on now!)
The top nominations will be collated and split into Heats. Every day this week you’ll have the opportunity to vote for a new list of authors. Only the very best authors from each Heat will progress to the final round of voting.

This is where it gets extra fun! During the Heats, you can go into the running to win a splendid book pack valued at $1000 RRP! – all we need is your email address when you vote!

January 16-20: The Final Poll
The top 75 authors from the Heats will make it to this final poll. This will be your final chance to champion your favourite Australian authors. Voting closes at 11:59pm on Friday, 20th January 2017.

January 23-27: The Countdown Begins
From Monday, 23rd January we’ll countdown your top 50 authors, unveiling 10 authors each day, until…

January 27: The Announcement
Australia’s 10 favourite authors will be announced on Friday, 27th January! We’ll be profiling your top 10 authors and the books that have made them your favourites.

Terms & Conditions

Fill out the form above to vote for your favourite Australian author and you could win a book pack, valued at $1000 RRP!

1. You have from January 9th, 2017 12:00am until 11:59pm January 20th, 2017 to enter.
2. To enter, you must fill out your name, email address and contact phone number, and vote for your favourite Australian author.
3. You can vote in all five heats and in the final poll for a total of 6 entries to the prize.
4. Only entrants with Australian and New Zealand delivery addresses will be eligible to enter the competition.
5. The winner of the competition will be chosen at random and from the list of those who entered.
6. There is one prize available to be won.
7. The winner will be drawn on January 27th, 2017.
8. Entrants must also agree to the terms and conditions on this page.
9. Cookies on your browser must be enabled in order for you to vote.

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About the Contributor

Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.

Comments

  • January 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    There were some wonderful authors there. It was hard to choose!

  • John Dowling

    January 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Tony is nephew by default & do enjoy his books

  • Jenny

    January 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Wow how lucky are my favourite authors quite a few of them are in the Finals for Favourite Australian Authors. Knew I read great books by great authors. Wishing them all good luck!

  • Neryl durie

    January 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Wouldn’t let me vote, something about cookies??

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Neryl, so sorry to hear you couldn’t vote. Unfortunately cookies need to be enabled for you to be able to vote. Are they enabled on your browser?

      • Tamra

        January 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm

        hmm, get the page asking to vote with a ‘keep voting’ and ‘almost there’ but no live section or list? No error message or mention of cookies…?

  • Jane

    January 16, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Good luck to Allison Tait – our writing jewel of the South Coast.

  • Jane Keehn

    January 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    But did I miss a voting session? Where was my all-time favourite Sonya Hartnett? I hope I didn’t miss voting for her!

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Jane, unfortunately Sonya never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • david Bexley

    January 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Jaqueline harvey took time out in her hectick life to surply Joel to help my son with his certificate to encourage joel to read more

  • Mary Bray

    January 16, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Australia is lucky to have so many talented authors. Tony Park is my favorite and a truly nice man when l was fortunate to meet him at a book talk. Go Tiny!

  • Sherry Cockerham

    January 17, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Thank you so much.😍 for the generous chance.

  • Patricia Meyer

    January 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Waste of time making my selections and completing the required details.
    I do not and will not allow cookies on my computer.
    It would have saved me (and others I am sure) time and thoughtful effort, had the Terms & Conditions been available at the top of the page, rather than finding in the last line that cookies must be enabled!

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Patricia, so sorry to hear you’ve had a difficult time with our poll. We’ve now made it clear that cookies need to be enabled, so thank you so much for alerting us to that.

  • vjb

    January 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    where is John Birmingham?????

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Hi, unfortunately John never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • January 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Hope you are number 1.

    Carel from Sabie Park

  • CaroleLane

    January 17, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I ticked my authors but there is no where to submit. What is wrong…

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Carole, simply ticking the box means you’ve voted. If you’d like the go into the prize draw to win the $1000 worth of books, please also leave your name and contact details and hit ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the vote.

  • Jemima James

    January 18, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Geraldine rocks.

  • jamine

    January 18, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Two favourites not on list! Surprising as both have won Prime minister’s Literary Awards in recent years! Still, so many it was hard to choose.

  • Di Kerr

    January 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Can’t wait to see the results.

  • chris tester

    January 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Gillian Mears is missing. Her book Foals Bread was happy, sad & confronting at the same time. It touched my heart & my soul.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Chris, unfortunately Gillian never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • Eve Marso

    January 18, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Wonderful list of Australian talent. Just a pity Don Watson was not included, as he is the ultimate in descriptive, political, humorous and diversely talented writers I know.

  • greg price

    January 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    also like amanda curtin

  • Anne McClelland

    January 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Where was A.S Patric? Black Rock White City is a wonderful novel.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Anne, unfortunately Michael never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • Mark Bau

    January 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    How can you have a list of favourite authors and leave out Helen Garner? I would also include Geofferey Blayney and Robert Hughes and where is Clive James? I’m not sure about including Clemantine Ford, her only book is a rehash of her newspaper opinion pieces!

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Mark, unfortunately Helen, Geoffrey and Robert never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

    • Susan Churchward

      January 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Yes, re Helen Garner. And Don Watson and others mentioned in some of the other replies. I don’t recall seeing the original email – I must’ve been snowed under by Christmas, but I will be looking out for it next year!
      Must say though, isn’t it wonderful to have so many Aussie writers to choose, and to know that there are so many more unlisted? And it proves there must still be an awful lot of readers out there. Bewdy!

  • Mark Bau

    January 18, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Oh and I forgot to mention, Sonia Hartnett, one of Australia’s most awarded authors.

  • Peter Goegan

    January 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Where is Michael Robotham?

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Peter, unfortunately Michael never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • Carole

    January 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Have to say I was also surprised at how many of my favourites made the list. What I really like though is the number on the list I have never heard of let alone read. Looking forward to giving some a go in the near future.

  • January 18, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Probably one of the best authors of all time.

  • Moya Masters

    January 18, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Very hard to choose. This one or that one and even Liz Bzyrski who wasnt mentioned.

  • Amy Burns

    January 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Realising i need to read more Australian authors books

  • Elayne Mitchell

    January 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I am a huge fan of Tim Winton’s books, I must have bough at least 9 copies of Cloud Street as gifts over the years. Breath is one of my favourites also, Dirt Music is fabulous too!

  • Nicholas Loder

    January 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Surprised Patrick White is now passe, and no John Birmingham or David Malouf! Possibly Christos Tsiolkas is today’s new commentator on all that exposes our collective flaws and shibboleths

  • RC

    January 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Why wasn’t Hugh Mackay included? Such a big shame.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Hi, unfortunately Hugh never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • Sue

    January 18, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Interested to see the final results

  • Tim S

    January 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    How about the Great Helen Garner, one of my favorite authors who writes in English. Why is she not on the list? Not very good

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Tim, unfortunately Helen never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • January 18, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I cannot believe Felicity Young wasnt part of it. Her books are amazing.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Heather, unfortunately Felicity never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • R Edwards

    January 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Unfortunately Australia’s most famous author is not listed for voting:- Ion L. Idriess

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Hi, unfortunately Ion never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • Joyce Purtscher

    January 18, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    You haven’t listed RICHARD FLANAGAN, our Australian Bucher prize winner!! Shame!

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Joyce, unfortunately Richard never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • Brian

    January 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Where is Helen Garner? This poll is farcical without her! She is such an idiosyncratic and important Australian writer.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Hi Brian, unfortunately Helen never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • Joan

    January 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Yes

  • Gabriella S Fox

    January 18, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Gosh that was so hard to just choose 1 author – I could have chosen 20! Australia has some brilliant writers of all genres. Looking forward to seeing the final selection 🙂

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Gabrielle, just letting you know you can vote for multiple authors – it’s just that you can only vote for the same author once 🙂

  • Deanne Davies

    January 18, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Missing from the list and my favourite Australian author is David Malouf.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Deanne, unfortunately David never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • Jacqui

    January 18, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Matthew Reilly hasn’t yet written a book I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. So glad he is now receiving international success – very well deserved.

  • Kevin Hirst

    January 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Hi,

    No Richard Flanagan on this list – hard to believe that such a successful author and Booker Prize winner is not on here.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Kevin, unfortunately Richard never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. I’m sorry about that!

  • Jess

    January 18, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    We love Mem Fox at our house good night sleep tight is a big favorite.
    And Banjo Paterson is just amazing the kids love the man from snowy river and In the droving days melts my heart every time I read it.

  • Barry Rumpf

    January 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    You have not included my #1 all time favourite Ion Idriess and two others, Rob Mundle and Mike Carlton.
    There was a sad article in the Review section of last Saturday’s Australian about Ion Idriess. The whole scenario , to me, smacks of snob values rather than outstanding merit; merit being judged by commercial success of the writer’s books and is a reflection of appeal to the ordinary man. I do not class academics as being in the ilk of “the ordinary” man. I first started reading Ion Idriess books in the 1950’s when I was a teenager. He wrote about 50 books of wjich I have about 30 of them and have read several more than once.

  • January 18, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I’m not suggestting you put my name in this poll, but I’m an Australian author as well. I have published four books which are for sale in various on-line bookshops.

  • Denise Davidson

    January 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Peter Watt is a great Australian author, but he’s not on the list!

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 19, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Hi Denise, you’re right, Peter’s not in the Finals. When Booktopia asked Australia to nominate their favourite authors, he didn’t receive enough votes to progress to the next round. I’m sorry about that!

  • Brodie Betts

    January 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Clementine Ford is a great writer!

  • January 18, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Can’t believe our greatest writer PATRICK WHITE wasn’t nominated by anybody. Just shows the trash people are lapping up.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 19, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Hi Mick, you’re right, Patrick isn’t in the Finals. When Booktopia asked Australia to nominate their favourite authors, he didn’t receive enough votes to progress to the next round. I’m sorry about that!

  • Bronwen Channon

    January 18, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Lots of comments about authors that “didn’t get enough votes in the nomination round to reach the finals” – maybe the nomination round should have been better advertised as far too many well known authors missed out, and especially Aboriginal authors (Anita Heiss in particular).

  • Jenny

    January 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I can’t believe you have not included Helen Garner. She is my favourite and a remarkable writer.

  • Jan

    January 18, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Why isn’t Richard Flanagan in the list? He would get one of my votes.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 19, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Hi Jan, when Booktopia asked Australia to nominate their favourite authors, Richard didn’t receive enough votes to progress to the next round. I’m sorry about that!

      • Hotspringer

        January 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        Australia must be dumb as it ignored Peter Carey and Richard Flanagan.

  • Lindsay Carson

    January 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Where are Robert Drew and Frank Moorhouse?

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 19, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Hi Lindsay, unfortunately Robert and Frank never received enough votes in the nomination round to have reached the Finals. We’re sorry about that! Just so you know, nominations were put forth by Australians, not Booktopia’s employees.

  • Angela Winter

    January 18, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    My favourite Australian author was NOT on the list at all: Kerry Greenwood. Love her ‘Miss Fisher’ stories, and hope she writes more about Corinna Chapman SOON. Why is she not on the list at all?

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Hi Angela, we agree, Kerry is an amazing author, however she never received enough votes in the nomination round (as nominated by Australians, not Booktopia employees) to progress to this week’s Finals. We’re sorry about that!

  • Paul

    January 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Why is Rob Mundle not on this list? His stuff is the best!!

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Hi Paul, When Booktopia asked Australia to nominate their favourite authors, Rob didn’t receive enough votes to progress to the next round. I’m sorry about that!

      • Rhonda

        January 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

        wouldn’t it be better if new comments were at the top and not the bottom. as it gives us a new conversation.

        • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

          January 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm

          Thanks for your suggestion, Rhonda. We’ll see what we can do!

  • Warren Ham

    January 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Paul Jennings, a one-time primary school teacher, really has a handle on what the kids like to read! The stories are contemporary and have a dimension of timelessness — and they are always fun for the reader. Our two sons were brought up reading his books, and now their children will be following their footsteps.

  • Steve Quayle

    January 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Wonderful stories that show Africa at its best ! Having lived in or visited all the countries that Tony writes about he captures the essence of Africa !

  • January 18, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I also adore Kerry Greenwood, her Miss Fisher novels are well written, engrossing,intelligent, and well researched. We can’t get enough of Kerry Greenwood! Thanx, Jo

  • Julianne quaine

    January 18, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Where all the great Australian authors like Helen Garner, Tom Keneally, Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan, Patrick White, Thea Astley, Miles Franklin….shall I go on?

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 19, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Hi Julianne, Tom Keneally is in the Finals, so feel free to vote for him here: http://blog.booktopia.com.au/australias-favourite-author-vote/. Unfortunately the rest of the authors you mentioned either didn’t get through the nomination or 5 Heat rounds (as voted by Australians, not Booktopia’s employees). We’re sorry about that!

  • Kate

    January 18, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    No Pamela Allen or Lesley Truffle. Therefore I cannot vote

  • wendy hill

    January 18, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    pity trudi canavan didn’t recieve enough votes have just started reading her books in the last 6 months and am enjoying reading her books

  • Liz Scott

    January 19, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Thank you for this. Quite a fascinating ‘shortened’ list. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful writers, though I’m just astounded that Richard Flanagan is not on there??? Presumably he wasn’t popular enough, though that shocks me to my core. He is one of our greatest storytellers and an astute political commentator.

  • Mark Direen

    January 19, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Great Author

  • Valerie Applegarth

    January 19, 2017 at 10:36 am

    What has made Australians such good readers of books? The popular authors recording fact and fiction from our past, before TV and other diversions took over. None of these are on the list. – e.g. Ion Idriess, John Cleary, Xavier Herbert, C.J. Denis, Henry Lawson.

  • Chris

    January 19, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Is Helen Garner on the list? No Helen, no vote.

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Chris, When Booktopia asked Australia to nominate its favourite authors, Helen didn’t receive enough votes to progress to the next round. I’m sorry about that!

      • Chris

        January 19, 2017 at 1:19 pm

        Thanks Anastasia. It’s an interesting list anyway, even without the great Helen Garner. I’ll go back and take another look.

  • Annette Blyton

    January 19, 2017 at 11:54 am

    There were a lot of great authors in all areas of topics? I have a passion for reading but more so for Australian authors, who I find intriguing full of knowledge, imagination, and at times fact. We are extremely lucky and fortunate to have such a variety of excellent writers, who can stand in great stead with the rest of the world.

  • Graham John Taylor

    January 19, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I am disappointed that one of my favourite authors – Alex Miller _ was not on the list!

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Graham, when Booktopia asked Australia to nominate its favourite authors, Alex unfortunately didn’t receive enough votes to progress to the next round. I’m terribly sorry about that.

  • Rhonda

    January 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    my fave book this year was RISK by Fleur Ferris. which did not get into the last round.
    I had no idea most of these authors were Australian. I do like Lianne Morriarty and heard her interviewed on radio last year, I thought she was from o/s.
    But my all time author of recent times is Kate Morton. She is a wonderful words smith and story teller. I love Jodi Picoult stories but I would not say she is a brilliant writer of words.
    Kate has it all. I was sure she was English. There were many authors I have read and enjoyed their works in the final list, My fave book of modern time is The book Thief. That ticked all the boxes for story telling and use of language and creative writing.
    apart from that I am a Jane Austen fan. I love historical fiction.
    My friend voted for her all time fave also. but we did not agree on same author.

  • Patricia Palmer

    January 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I love tim Winton. Maybe because I came from wA, and in many cases I identify the places and people he writes about. One special passage he wrote about being in the bush with a friend. Upon coming across an old shed. He wrote “I can hear that shed rusting” .Just think of the image arising in your head, a warm sunny day, the crinkle of dry grass under your feet, maybe a bee or two buzzing around, the smell of a wild honey plant and there the shed, leaning to one side moving in the breeze rusting.

  • Henry James

    January 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Makes one question a nomination process that produces such a disappointing list. So many wonderful Australian authors omitted. Such as, Helen Garner, Peter Temple, Alex Miller, Richard Flanagan, Frank Moorehouse, Ion Idriess & A.S.Patric.

  • Stuart Cloney

    January 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Picked one but Robert Barrett is the bet Australian story teller ever and he wasn’t a listed option 🙁

  • Shane

    January 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Hi there a name not mentioned and she is a Fantastic indigenous author Anita Heiss. Wonderful novels. Maybe next year?

    • Bronwen Channon

      January 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      I agree with you Shane!

  • suzanne

    January 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Gary Disher was not included Such a good author .

  • Mick Pospischil

    January 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Where’s Richard Flanagan?

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Mich, when Booktopia asked Australia to nominate its favourite authors, Richard unfortunately didn’t receive enough votes to progress to the next round. I’m terribly sorry about that.

  • Kurt

    January 19, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    What happened to Joy Dettman!!!

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Kurt, when Booktopia asked Australia to nominate its favourite authors, Joy unfortunately didn’t receive enough votes to progress to the next round. I’m terribly sorry about that.

  • Kurt

    January 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Again – what happened to Joy Dettman!!!

  • Stuart Ferguson

    January 19, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Agree with Henry James (good name) about the disappointing list and interested to read his catalogue of omissions. It included a writer for whom I’d definitely have voted – Peter Temple. I see his novels described as crime novels – a really reductive categorisation because they’re also very fine novels, of interest to non-crime readers like myself, e.g., Broken Shore is one of my favourite Aussie novels, with an astounding sense of place (not surprisingly missing from the ABC dramatisation). Btw, you seem to be using an American spell-checker :/

  • CATHERIN POOLE

    January 19, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    B. MICHAEL RADBURN IS AN UP AND COMING NEW AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR BUT I NOTE HE HAS NOT BEEN LISTED.

  • Kate

    January 19, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I went through the list twice and didn’t see Miles Franklin.
    Must be a mistake, right?

  • David

    January 20, 2017 at 2:38 am

    By definition a list excludes and that is bound to antagonise those people who want to see their own tastes endorsed. Obviously, you can’t please everyone. Am I annoyed that you left Elizabeth Harrower off the list? Yes, deeply, but that’s how it goes. The trouble is your omissions are so vast in number, and so perverse – no Patrick White? No Christina Stead? No Shirley Hazzard? – that the list you have assembled starts to appear woefully haphazard, at best.

  • Holly Berry

    January 20, 2017 at 9:18 am

    You might need to run this competition again to give those authors who were not included a chance to be in a new voting list. The missing names are all much better authors than many of those listed here.

  • Lindi

    January 20, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Traci Harding so glad she has made thru. This brilliant Australian authour has an amazing abilitiy to really capture your imagination you are always on this amazing journey. Thankyou for allowing me to once again to fall in love with reading…😉

  • Les Lucas

    January 20, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Hi you have left out the best Australian Writer PETER WATT if you haven’t read Peter you should

  • Peter

    January 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Some great authors missing especially David Ireland and Peter Carey.

  • Mark McKenzie

    January 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Oh no Helen Demidenko/Dar ville. The hand that signed the paper – surely such a hoax gets in??

  • gerry matthews

    January 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Always a good read even though a little futuristic.

  • Laura

    January 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    April Fools Day – what a thought provoking book! Bryce Courtenay was the most amazing story teller, once you started to read any of his books it was difficult to put down!

  • Judith Bellewood

    January 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Also like Helen Garner, Peter Temple, Chris Ulman and Steve Lewis

  • Tracey

    January 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Seriously no Helen Garner! I am stunned

  • Warwick Begg

    January 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Anastasia. My clear and away favourite Oz Author, among many fine ones, is Trudi Canavan. Did she not gain enough initial votes too? I would be very surprised, somewhat shocked, and certainly disappointed if so.

  • Rob

    January 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I would have voted for Peter Carey, but I couldn’t find him

  • Dorothy

    January 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I only just received this email so missed the early voting. I hope Georgia Braine was included I think her work s exceptional and am so sad that she died so young. Agree with the Anita Heiss comments as well. And Cory Thomas

  • Lynda O'Dwyer

    January 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Loved seeing Judy Nunn make the finals. My husband a few years back bought me Pacific for my birthday. Once i start reading her books it is not easy to put them down and always results in a very late night, as i always read in bed. Lol.

  • Cathi

    January 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    No Georgia Blain, Shirley Hazzard, Susan Johnson? very disappointing list.

  • John F

    January 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Booktopia needs a young writers section. My son attends a creative writing class and the children aged 12-15 years are writing impressive books but have few places for them to be marketed outside of family & friends. It would great if young writers could have a place in bookshops in store and and online so that they can get a representation in the writing world.

  • Lorraine Jones

    January 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Love all Lianne’s books.

  • January 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Where is Peter Carey???

  • Bruno

    January 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Seriously a list of Australian Authors that does not include say Albert Facey, Patrick White and Christina Stead.

  • Lynne Bagwell

    January 20, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Disappointed that Michael Rowbotham didnt get a nomination, always love his books; but still managed to vote for a few of my favourites. Looking forward to the result..

  • Jonathan Dodd

    January 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Where’s Max Barry??????

  • Tony Liebregts

    January 20, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    A great author and he refers consistently to his Australian heritage during the course of his writings.

  • Peter Mckay

    January 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Tim Winton and Shaun Tan are amazing talents from the West. One name missing is Neil Murray. Controversial perhaps but appropriate with Bob Dylan just winning the Nobel. Neil has a unique Australian voice and he has done it all: song, poetry, books and even a play. He deserves a lot more credit than he gets.

  • Belinda

    January 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Hi. Robert Hillman should have been included in the Australian authors list.

  • Max Downham

    January 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    This “competition” is the sort you’d have to find “the best Olympian athlete.” There’s just
    no telling what bored people will get up to to fill their time between the cradle and the grave.
    This one for authors gets my gong for the most inane, insane and stupid – the trifecta. Tom
    Keneally will enjoy this one even if he doesn’t win. Bravo Australia. Could do a whole lot better.

  • David Colechin

    January 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Kaz Cook is great because she definitely writes to a target audience; and you are inclined to understand that this is widely appreciated. My choice because I think she does this better than most.

  • J Hintze

    January 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    why isn’t Stephanie Laurens on the list.?

  • January 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    What about Richard Flanagan? Surely you should include him. How many Australian authors have won the Man Booker prize???? Richard did.
    Also, where’s Helen Garner? And Alex Miller?
    Not sure you’ve listed the most popular authors at all.

  • jennifer

    January 20, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Like others I didn’t know some of these writers are Australian. And super pleased to see so many women writers receiving votes.

  • Trevor Walters

    January 20, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I enjoy reading outback stories

  • Lois McGuinness

    January 20, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    So many fantastic authors. But I did let the authors that my grandkids love, win me over.

  • WAYNE ASHTON

    January 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    What No PETER WATT!!

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