Cloudstreet & The Australian Book Review’s Favourite Australian Novels

by |February 2, 2010

A new poll by The Australian Book Review suggests that Australians have great taste when it come to choosing books written by fellow Australians!

Congratulations Australia!

Each one of these books is a ‘must read‘.

I’m very, very excited to see so many great names on the list – including my favourites, Christina Stead and Henry Handel Richardson.

Maybe it’s time to republish some of Australia’s great writers?

Huh? Huh?

Click here to read The Australian Book Review PDF.

The Top Ten (Too Brilliant for Words!)

  1. Cloudstreet
  2. The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
  3. Voss
  4. Breath
  5. Oscar and Lucinda
  6. My Brother Jack
  7. The Secret River
  8. Eucalyptus
  9. The Man Who Loved Children (no Aust. Ed. Available… Shame! Australia! Shame!)
  10. The Tree of Man
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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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