The Story of Danny Dunn & the Best of 2009, Downunder

by |January 21, 2010

Australian writers did well in 2009, too.

Alex Miller’s Lovesong raised the bar once again. He truly is one of the best writers writing in Australia today. To see Toni Whitmont’s interview with Alex Miller – Click Here.

And there was strong Australian representation in the field of popular writing too.

Late 2009 saw the release of a new novel from Australia’s favourite thriller writer Tara Moss , the ‘glamorous and menacing, Siren‘. Check out her Author Page on Booktopia.

We also welcomed another grand saga by Bryce Courtenay (my Aunty Pat’s pick), The Story of Danny Dunn.

Booktopia’s good friend Tony Park also released a brilliant thriller set in the heart of Africa in 2009, the unputdownable Ivory. (We have signed copies in stock ready to ship.)

Matthew Reilly, whose Seven Ancient Wonders was followed by Six Sacred Stones which ended in the mother of all cliffhangers, made millions of his die-hard fans happy by serving up the next incredible instalment of the Jack West series, The Five Greatest Warriors.

Judy Nunn produced one of the biggest sellers of the year, Maralinga – at one point it seemed as though everyone I knew was reading it or was just about to.

Di Morrissey’s The Silent Country was the preferred choice for this summer’s Beach Read – every beach bag had a copy stuffed inside. On the endless Australian coastline bikini clad sun worshippers  were propped up on their elbows reading, utterly absorbed by The Silent Country.

One of the surprises of 2009 was The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.  Though published late 2008, it gained momentum in 2009 till it outsold more mainstream titles – but then, who could resist a book with this teaser –

At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.

Lastly, Donny Paterson’s  No Ordinary Bloke is a warts and all tale told in a voice that rings with freshness and authenticity, says Booktopia’s Toni Whitmont, who recommended it as her book of the month back in October, 2009. (We have signed copies in stock ready to ship.) Watch Toni’s interview with Donny here.

What are your picks for the best books of 2009?

Booktopia has put together a list of the Best Books of 2009Click here to see.

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About the Contributor

John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Director of Books at

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