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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Top 10 Aussie Books to Read before you Die 2012:

To celebrate The National Year of Reading, ABC TV’s First Tuesday Book Club  lsearched out by popular vote the 10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die – the great Australian reading list. And here is the result:-

1. Cloudstreet - Tim Winton
2.  The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
3.  A Fortunate Life - A.B. Facey
4.  The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
5.  The Harp in the South - Ruth Park
6.  Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
7.  The Magic Pudding - Norman Lindsay
8.  The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
9.  The Secret River - Kate Grenville
10. Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay

The Blue Room’s Top 10 Aussie Books to Read before You Die 2012

1.      Dirt Music – Tim Winton
2.      The Riders – Tim Winton
3.      Journey into Stone Country – Alex Miller
4.      The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
5.      The Secret River – Kate Grenville
6.      Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey
7.      The Fatal Shore – Robert Hughes
8.      Unreliable Memoirs – Clive James
9.      The River Baptists – Belinda Castles
10.  Struggle of Memory – Joan Dugdale

Link to First Tuesday’s Book Club's Top 10 Australian Books to Read before You Die -

1 comment:

  1. My Top Ten

    1. Ethel Turner – Seven Little Australians
    2. Robin Klein – The Enemies
    3. Maureen McCarthy Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life
    4. Nick Earls - Zigzag Street
    5. Tim Winton - Cloudstreet
    6. Monica McInerney - At Home With The Templetons
    7. Steven Herrick – Black Painted Fingernails
    8. Emily Rodda – Finders Keepers
    9. Melina Marchetta - Saving Francesca
    10. Shaun Tan - The Arrival

    As you know, I detest The Slap and am not a huge Courtenay fan. The rest of the list was worthy, if predictable. And, as I told Marieke from my high horse last night, I think she's wondrous but she needs to read more YA fiction if she thinks it's all saccharin and simple!