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Booklovers Share Their Favourite Books By Aussie Authors in 2015

Aussie Author Challenge Favourites

Participants of the 2015 Aussie Author Challenge have linked up more than 200 reviews of books by Aussie Authors this year.

I asked our most avid readers a very difficult question…

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Of all the books you have read this year by Aussie Authors, which was your favourite?

All made mention of what a tough choice it was, such was the quality of titles on offer.

the-natural-way-of-thingsThe Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

“A beautiful, terrible, surreal tale of misogyny and survival.” — Elizabeth @ Devoted Eclectic

“Truly one of the greatest books I have ever read. I loved the mesmerising writing and plot line.” — Laura @ Can I Do 52

Running Like China by Sophie Hardcastle : “A raw, real, deeply honest memoir that gives insight into the challenges faced by those with mental illness and how essential support is.” — Kathryn @ The Book Date

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett : “A tragic story, but so beautifully written. Favell’s writing is described as ‘Wintonesque’, but for me this story surpasses most of Winton’s.” — Sarah @ The Happy Hobbit’s Bookshelf

Stolen by Lucy Christopher : “A thought-provoking, emotionally-driven story of an abducted teenager which reads as a letter to her very “different” kidnapper and captor.” — Erin @ TexErin-In-Sydneyland

The Messenger by Markus Zusak : “Ed Kennedy is a character I’ll never forget, I loved the overarching message of the book and the ending was clever and unexpected.” — Tracey @ Carpe Librum

running-like-chinapast-the-shallows stolen The Messenger Markus Zusak book cover

Hades by Candice Fox : “Winner of the Best First Fiction Ned Kelly award for 2014, this is a cleverly layered debut novel, set in Sydney, but flitting between the present and the past 20 years ago.” — Kerrie @ Mysteries in Paradise

Carol @ Reading, Writing and Riesling could not split two titles, Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic and Good Money by J M Green — “Both books by debut women writers and feature an excellent contemporary crime fiction narrative and  diverse characters which reflect modern Australian society –  a joy to read.”

hades Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic Good Money by J M Green

And for me, well my favourite was Adrian McKinty’s In The Morning I’ll Be Gone (audio), very closely followed by Malla Nunn’s Present Darkness (audio).

In The Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKintyWithin In The Morning I’ll Be Gone Adrian McKinty achieves the seemingly impossible, credibly balancing frank acknowledgement of the futility of the situation in Ireland at that time with a stirring case for human spirit and endeavour in the face of it all.

I could use more superlatives but that would not do this work justice. I cannot recommend this novel, and the audio format, more highly.

What was your favourite title by an Aussie Author this year?

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