Australia’s Favourite Novelist – You decide

by |January 1, 2013

In 2010 we asked Australia what their absolute must-read Australian is. After thousands of votes were cast we found your answer, the results of which can be found here.

Booktopia is Australia’s Local Bookstore, locally owned and operated, full of people who love books and more importantly, Australian books.

January at Booktopia is the month of Australian Stories. All this month we’ll be running fresh content from Australian writers and by Australia Day we’ll have something very, very special for all lovers of Australian writing, a first of its kind. But more on that in the coming days.

To celebrate Australian Stories, we need your help to discover Australia’s Favourite Novelist, living or dead, all through the incredible history of Australian writing.

Please help us by lodging your favourite authors over the next week. At the end of the week we’ll take all your suggestions and put them into heats where you can champion your favourite. The process is all underneath to let you know how this huge event is taking place.

Once we have a top 50, we’ll put it to a worldwide vote right here, on our blog, where thousands come to visit every day. If you love Australian writers, this is your chance to speak up and be heard!

Then, on the week leading up to Australia Day, we’ll count down your votes from 50 to 1, with Australia’s favourite novelist to be announced on Friday the 25th of January, just in time for Australia Day celebrations!


WEEK ONE – JAN 1-6 – Let us know your nominations for your favourite Australian novelists. As many as you like, anyone who you think deserves recognition. If you are lucky enough to have a friend who is a writer who you believe in, champion them! You can do this through….

–          Email us at

–          Tweet us on @booktopia

–          Let us know on Facebook at

WEEK TWO – JAN 7-13 – The Heats! We’ll take all your nominations and split them up into groups you can vote on. Every day from Monday to Friday a new list will appear with new names. This will decide who makes the final cut! With so many names, just a few votes could take your favourite from yesterday’s news to immortality.

WEEK THREE – JAN 14-20 – Only the best of the best will make it through to the final poll. We’ll have this poll up all week. This will be the final chance to cheer for your favourite Australian Novelist.

WEEK FOUR – A WEEK OF AUSTRALIAN STORY-TELLERS – Voting will close on Monday the 21st of January at 9am. From Monday we’ll count up the top 50 and announce them in order, unveiling 10 every day, and then…..

Australia’s 10 favourite novelists will be announced on Friday the 25th of January. We’ll be profiling all of the top 10 authors and the books that have made them your favourites. We’ll also be launching our new proudly Australian initiative, the first in Australian Bookselling history. But that’s all we can tell you!

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About the Contributor

Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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  • January 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I would have to say I have two of them.
    John Flannagan and John Marsden, I like the fact the actively get a whole new generation of readers on the right path, from children to teenagers. The best part being that the adults enjoy the books as much as the kids do.

  • Patricia Burfield

    January 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I have many varied favourite authors – Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, (JD Robb), Karen Rose, Kathy Reichs, Lori Foster, Tara Moss just to mention a few – reading is a passion of mine and I have just finished reading The Secret Garden. Please keep writing everyone! Pat Burfield

  • January 4, 2013 at 11:02 am

    My favourite Australian author is Peter Watt, who writes a great style of adventure story – he had been called the Australian Wilbur Smith, but I think he’s better than Wilbur Smith. He’s a great man too, (he lives in the same small North Coast (NSW) town that I do, and he’s very community minded, and very approachable. He has recently loined the local Rural Fire Service, and donates the proceeds of his book launches to the local Hospital Auxiliary.
    If you haven’t read any of his books yet, you are missing a treat!!!!

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