Reading List 2013


My Brilliant Career
Miles Franklin

(An Aussie version of What Katy Did)

Avoiding Mr Right
Anita Heiss

(Aboriginal chick-lit)

The Paperbark Shoe
Goldie Goldbloom

(The story of Italian POWs in rural WA and the effect they have on a dysfunctional family)

The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker

(First love at the end of the world)

On Chesil Beach
Ian McEwan

(Wedding night nerves delicately portrayed)

A Spot of Bother
Mark Haddon

(Hypochondria, wedding jitters, family chaos)

With your Crooked Heart
Helen Dunmore

(Dark story of repercussions from crime on family life)

A Cat, A Hat and a Piece of String
Joanne Harris

(Collection of short stories, funny, imaginative, disturbing..)

Dear Life
Alice Munro

(Short stories, love, family, chance encounters..)


22 Britannia Road
Amanda Hodgkinson

(Fraught family reunion after the second world war)

The Little White Car
Dunuta De Rhodes

(Parisian repercussions)

True Confessions of Adrian Mole
Sue Townsend

(Adrian Mole grows up)


Dirt Music
Tim Winton

(Love, tragedy and fishing)

The Last Letter from your Lover
Jojo Moyes

(Long lost love letters)

Jasper Jones
Craig Silvey

(Small town prejudices, first love)

The Island
Victoria Hislop

(The story of three generations of Cretans)

Peter Duck
Arthur Ransome

(Swallows and Amazons in the Caribbean)

All That I Am
Anna Funder

(German Resistance in the 1930s)


Beyond the Break
Sandra Hall

Nine Parts Water
Emma Hardman

Alice Bliss
Laura Harrington


In the Winter Dark
Tim Winton

Anna Funder

The Cat Sanctuary
Patrick Gale

Joanne Harris

On Green Dolphin Street
Sebastian Faulks

The Winter Ghosts
Kate Mosse


The Nature of Ice  
Robyn Mundy

The Friday Night Knitting Club 
Kate Jacobs

Five Bells  
Gail Jones

The Language of Others 
Clare Morrall

The Midnight Zoo
Sonya Hartnett


The Twelve
Justin Cronin

Peaches for Monsier Le Cure
Joanne Harris

The Last Girls
Lee Smith

The Camomile Lawn
Mary Wesley

The Forgotten World
Mark O'Flynn


Frankie and Stankie
Barbara Trapido

Thornwood House
Anna Romer

The Railwayman's Wife
Ashley Hay

Valentine Grey
Sandi Toksvig

The Long Earth
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Long War 
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter


Colin McLaren

The Vale Girl
Nelika McDonald

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood

Blow on a Dead Man's Embers
Mari Strachan


Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey

The Lieutenant
Kate Grenville

Bridget Jones - Mad About the Boy
Helen Fielding

Lucky Break
Esther Freud

The Light Between Oceans

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