Cloudstreet & The Australian Book Review’s Favourite Australian Novels

by |February 2, 2010

A new poll by The Australian Book Review suggests that Australians have great taste when it come to choosing books written by fellow Australians!

Congratulations Australia!

Each one of these books is a ‘must read‘.

I’m very, very excited to see so many great names on the list – including my favourites, Christina Stead and Henry Handel Richardson.

Maybe it’s time to republish some of Australia’s great writers?

Huh? Huh?

Click here to read The Australian Book Review PDF.

The Top Ten (Too Brilliant for Words!)

  1. Cloudstreet
  2. The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
  3. Voss
  4. Breath
  5. Oscar and Lucinda
  6. My Brother Jack
  7. The Secret River
  8. Eucalyptus
  9. The Man Who Loved Children (no Aust. Ed. Available… Shame! Australia! Shame!)
  10. The Tree of Man
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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, 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.

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