Australia’s Favourite Novelist – The Shortlist and Final Vote

by |January 14, 2013

Nick Earls’ popularity was undeniable in the Heats

The people have spoken. We are very excited to present the 75 Favourite Australian Novelists, as voted on over the past week.

This is not in order, for the order will only be decided once you cast your final vote. Next week we’ll announce the Top 50 day by day, culminating in the Top 10 being announced on Friday the 25th of January.

A huge thanks must go to all the authors, without your gifts to us there simply wouldn’t be a poll to vote on. Don’t forget, if you see any novelists here you love don’t just vote, get in contact with them to let them know they’re here, and with some noise could be a big player next week when we announce the top 50.

Australia’s only winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Patrick White.

This poll will be up all week and will close at midday on Sunday. As before, you can vote for as many novelists as you like, but you can only vote once. Unlike the last polls, for the suspense, you won’t be able to see the results immediately. That will all be unveiled next week.

We also had feedback that some people didn’t vote for the big names in the heats, knowing that they’d go through without their vote. Well, this is the time the big names need your vote, this is the big one, the final, and every vote counts towards deciding who is Australia’s Favourite Novelist!


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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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  • Linda

    January 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I cannot for the life of me find the poll on the blog page using my iPad. Where is it?

    • January 15, 2013 at 8:56 am


      I am on an iPad using Safari and the poll is showing up under the picture of Patrick White. Maybe try refreshing or clearing your browser cache. Cheers. Steve.

  • Noeline-Mary Couling-Rowlands

    January 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    What a wonderful list….I should start at the top & read my way down…not many that I’m not familiar with though:-} Look forward to the final outcome…..

  • January 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    It’s a great list, ‘ll look forward to the final list.

  • January 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I’d love to get in contact with Patrick White to let him know he’s been nominated, but he’s not picking up the phone… Can’t help but think I’m going to be sadly disappointed when Nikki Gemmell, Morris Gleitzman and Matthew Reilly finish above one of the greatest novelists of the last century.

  • January 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Thankyou for the list…gives me some new authors to try. Go Australian authors!

    • Noeline-Mary Couling-Rowlands

      January 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

      I’m just starting at the top & reading, or re-reading, these authors…must admit I haven’t tried some before, even though I do go through a fair few books each week:-}

  • Grahame Dowling

    January 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Why isn’t Australian author Tony Park on this list? Australia’s best selling fiction writer Nov/Dec 2011!….UNBELIEVABLE!

  • Teresa Armitage

    January 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    So glad to see my favourite author Fiona McIntosh is on the list.

  • Suzanne

    January 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I have read and reread Dianne’s books they are so easy to read and comprehend.

  • Kristy McCoy

    January 16, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Such a huge fan of Monica McInerney! Hope she wins.

  • Kate

    January 16, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I love Kate Morton’s books. She has such a talent for story telling and her descriptions make you feels as though you are there. You can’t put the book down but then you don’t want to finish it either. Lots of good authors on this list, but I do love Kate’s books.

  • Elaine Hannaford

    January 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

    So many authors but I am a big fan of Kate Morton

  • Robyn

    January 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I love so many of these authors, it’s almost a shame to vote for only one! Paul Jennings was one of my favourite uni lecturers and he really did tell great stories! I’ve got many of his books and I still love telling the children that I teach that he was my teacher!

  • Sandy Verrier

    January 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    love the warm, easy conversational styole. Kee
    p ’em coming. xx

  • January 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I’ve read all of Kate Morton’s novels, and love the stories and family history involved. She’s got me back into reading !!

  • Jeanne Hateley

    January 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    There are so many Australian AUthors that I like, very hard to choose, but my favourite is Monica Mc Inernney. I have read all but one og her books, Her books are like sitting listening to an old friend tell a story.

    • Noeline-Mary Couling-Rowlands

      January 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      I find her a bit too ‘formula’ style and predictable…still don’t mind some of her work.

  • mary Flynn

    January 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Loved Michael Hearle’s book,shared it with the kids’Great new author

  • Deb

    January 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I was disappointed Trudi Canavan wasn’t on the list. She’d have definitely received my vote. Kate Forsyth is a very close second though.

  • Annie Jones

    January 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Love Mandy Magro. What a fabulous aussie author and inspirational person.

  • January 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Patrick White is a kind of 20thC. Aussie Dickens. His richness of prose, idiom, setting and character studies ensure White’s works will endure for as long as literature, metaphysics and gritty realism is appreciated.

  • Clayton

    January 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Well done Mandy..

  • Sue Mitchell

    January 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I love Mandy Magro’s books, she’s definitely up there with the beat.

  • Gilly Evans

    January 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Kate Forsyth is an amazing author – I love her books for both adults & children. What a prolific author & such an imagination as well as sound & extensive research. I hope you do well Kate.

  • Rebekah Clark

    January 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Mandy Magro gets my vote. I love her novels.

  • January 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Kerry Greenwood is my vote

  • Cintamani

    January 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm


  • January 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Much as I love so many of these authors, particularly the fantasy writers, for sheer entertainment value, Kerry Greenwood can’t be beaten.

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