Australian writers did well in 2009, too.
And there was strong Australian representation in the field of popular writing too.
We also welcomed another grand saga by Bryce Courtenay (my Aunty Pat’s pick), The Story of Danny Dunn.
Matthew Reilly, whose Seven Ancient Wonders was followed by Six Sacred Stones which ended in the mother of all cliffhangers, made millions of his die-hard fans happy by serving up the next incredible instalment of the Jack West series, The Five Greatest Warriors.
Judy Nunn produced one of the biggest sellers of the year, Maralinga – at one point it seemed as though everyone I knew was reading it or was just about to.
Di Morrissey’s The Silent Country was the preferred choice for this summer’s Beach Read – every beach bag had a copy stuffed inside. On the endless Australian coastline bikini clad sun worshippers were propped up on their elbows reading, utterly absorbed by The Silent Country.
One of the surprises of 2009 was The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. Though published late 2008, it gained momentum in 2009 till it outsold more mainstream titles – but then, who could resist a book with this teaser –
At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.
Lastly, Donny Paterson’s No Ordinary Bloke is a warts and all tale told in a voice that rings with freshness and authenticity, says Booktopia’s Toni Whitmont, who recommended it as her book of the month back in October, 2009. (We have signed copies in stock ready to ship.) Watch Toni’s interview with Donny here.
What are your picks for the best books of 2009?
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.