This month Booktopia asked readers to vote for their favourite Australian novelists. Apparently tens of thousands of votes were cast and after much sorting and tallying (I imagine!) the results were posted yesterday. Congratulations to all the writers that made the list and especially to the many fellow RWA members on there.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the list yet, you’ll find it here.
It’s so hard to choose a favourite from all the wonderful authors we have here in Oz. I have a long list that includes many of those included in Booktopia’s top 50. If I had to choose just one favourite (and it would be hard with people like Tim Winton, Ruth Park, Rachael Johns and John Marsden vying for my vote) my pick would be Geraldine Brooks. If you haven’t read Year of Wonders I would really encourage you to do so. It is a beautifully crafted novel and one of my all time favourites.
A couple of my personal favourites didn’t make the top fifty. Ethel Turner, author of Seven Little Australians, didn’t make the cut, nor did Liane Moriarty, author of several great books including The Last Anniversary.
What do you think of the list? Are your favourites there? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know.