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After I wrote it I felt I was being shortsighted. So I cut it out. My bad. On the other hand, I am glad you found it. It tells me readers are not just skimming down the list. When I finished it I was convinced I would never read anything better. I was wrong, of course. Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony is ok. Quite obviously I have a different taste in literature than yourself Cheers Diane.
OK list. These will be the biggest WA stories to hit the big screen, exciting stuff…. What about the merrygoround by the sea. A wonderful piece of literature.
Any thoughts? I think Hal Porter snuck in because most considered that a novel. I love A Fortunate Life and believe everyone should read it. No Morris West book included? Shoes of the Fisherman has never been out of print and is still considered to be the pope of all papal fiction!! It would be interesting to do a tally of some kind to see how many historical, how many about the outback etc are featured. I have a feeling Australian novelists have been accused of obsessing over human vs landscape as a theme.
Which is interesting since most Australians live in cities. Echo the call for My Place. Just alerting any readers to my most recent novel which is set in Little Lon Is he writing the sequel because if it is half as good it will be brilliant. Surpising choices for Patrick White and Peter Malouf, but on the whole a great list. How embarassing — I looked through the list again and saw that the getting of wisdom is included.
Forgive my rashness! The media made it a bigger hit due to content and although the subject was a great choice, I felt the book was disappointing. Definitely not in the same league as other choices. I both loved and hated The Slap. Many acquaintances were reading it at the same time, and there was much passionate debate and argument about the issues that Tsiolkas raised, the characters attitudes and behaviours, their origins.
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A great work of art is one that challenges the reader, creates unease and discomfort and this certainly did that. On an entirely different note I was delighted to see Kylie Tennant included in the Great list. I have read eleven of the entries and have three more on my shelves waiting. I will keep this list for reference, thank you for doing all that works for us.
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I agree, Gail Jones is fabulous. Hi Trish, I agree. I will be holding a new poll in the first days of January. Be sure to vote then. Thanks for your interest, John. Australian stories Tales From Oz. Diamond Dove — bright, breezy, dramatic and highly entertaining but surely not Top 50 material. Postage to the UK is expensive. We cut it down to the bare minimum but we are not able to influence rates freight companies charge us.
That day will come. Year of Wonders is one for example. Books by Australian writers were chosen. Australian writers have written wonderful books not set in Australia. I would not want to see them miss out being read because of that. We decided that only one book per author would be listed. Australian Contemporary Fiction - Underexposed! I have read 21 of these. Now it is time to get a move on and try some of those I have missed.
Thanks for the list. Shame on the publishers for dropping The Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony, one of the best Australian books of all time.
Great non-fiction book but novel! I have read Kal, Maralinga and Heritage. All books are a must read. If my mother had been more adventurous, I may have been an Aussie now.