HEAT 2 Results: Your Favourite Australian Authors

by |January 11, 2017

Booktopia’s quest to discover your Favourite Australian Author continues!

On Monday we asked you to vote for your favourites in Heat 1, and you did with gusto. Thousands of votes came flooding in, and after counting them, your finalists for Heat 1 were revealed. Check out who you sent straight to next week’s final round.

Yesterday you voted in Heat 2, and once again the response was incredible, so thank you all for voting! Without further ado, your finalists for Heat 2 – and the authors who will be progressing to next week’s all-important final round – are…

Bronwyn Parry
Colleen McCullough
Fiona Palmer
Graeme Simsion
Isobelle Carmody
Jacqueline Harvey
Judy Nunn
Karly Lane
Kate Grenville
Kate Morton
Magda Szubanski
Natasha Lester
Peter FitzSimons
Rachael Treasure
Ruth Park

Congratulations to these wonderful Australians!

It seems you love your contemporary fiction and rural romance, with Bronwyn Parry, Fiona Palmer, Karly Lane, Rachael Treasure, Natasha Lester, Kate Morton, and Judy Nunn all securing a place in next week’s final round!

Joining them is Jacqueline Harvey, author of the ever-popular Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series for children, and Isobelle Carmody, author of the long standing and beloved Young Adult series, The Obernewtyn Chronicles. Carmody won Booktopia’s Favourite Australian Author for 2016.

Australian greats such as Ruth Park, Colleen McCullough and Kate Grenville also made the cut: Park catapulted into fame when she won the inaugural Sydney Morning Herald Literary Competition in 1946 for her novel The Harp in the South; McCullough was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her service to the arts; and Grenville has won a slew of literary prizes, including the Vogel/Australian Prize for Lilian’s Story, of which was adapted to film.

Magda Szubanski, Peter FitzSimons and Graeme Simsion will also progress straight to the finals.

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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.


  • Gill Wedding

    January 11, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Where the hell is Thomas Keneally??

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Gill, we have Heats every day this weeks. Check back in tomorrow, Thomas could be in that Heat!

  • Carol

    January 11, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Too many good authors to vote for 1

    • Anastasia Hadjidemetri

      January 12, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Carol, you can vote for as many authors as you like!

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