Australian writers did well in 2009, too.
And there was strong Australian representation in the field of popular writing too.
We also welcomed another grand saga by Bryce Courtenay (my Aunty Pat’s pick), The Story of Danny Dunn.
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?
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 and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty 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 Head of Product and Chief Buyer at booktopia.com.au.