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Who is your favourite Australian author?

by Jennifer Muirhead (follow)
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Sean Williams, Australian sci fi author
Australian science fiction and fantasy author Sean Williams, Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.
There are so many great Australian authors out there in both literary and genre fiction.

Who is your favourite Aussie author and why do you like them?
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It was hard to pick just one. I really like Andrew McGahan, John Birmingham, Trent Jamieson, Elizabeth Jolley and Terry Dowling, to name just a few. However, my favourite has to be Sean Williams (pictured). My favourite books of his would be the Ressurected Man.
Peter Carey is one of my favourite authors in general, and I'd definitely say he's my favourite Australian author. I've never read a book or short story of his that I didn't like.

One of my favourite books by an Australian author is A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz, but I'm not sure if he's written anything else. I wish he would write some more, I'd love to see if they are as good as his first!
Peter Carey is brilliant. It's amazing how each of his books seems to be different from the last.
Unfortunately, as he always 'trashes' Australia, he, or his books, have no interest for me.
by donjo
I absolutely love Matthew Reilly. However I also really like Jackie French, particularly her wombat books.
Matthew Reilly! A-maz-ing!!
Bryce Courtney! (heart, heart, heart). Born South Africa with Australian citizenship.
Yes, It's a downright same he died 22/11/2012.I hope there are still more of his books about there for you to read.
by Miro
Admittedly, I know few Aussie writers but I am a fan of one author in particular. Rosemary Fryth. After I released my first novella last year, I started joining some facebook groups dedicated to readers and writers. I found Rosemary through one of these group, and I really liked her style. There were certainly more than a few expressions I didn't get, but I chalk that up to not being Aussie. I expect most anyone in Australia who is into fantasy fiction will dig her work.
Wake in Fright is an exceptional book, so I'll say Kenneth Cook. A must read.
Ah yes, that's one on my to read list I've been meaning to get to.
The movie of it is a 'cult' classic!
by donjo
My favourite books are the Tales of the Otori, so I should say Lian Hearn, though I didn't like Blossoms and Shadows. For his consistency, I also like Matthew Reilly.
Choosing just one is difficult, the best I can do is narrow down a list: Kate Morton, Margo Lanagan, John Marsden, Kate Forsyth and Ruth Park (the last for my abiding love for Playing Beatie Bow).
Australia is full of amazing writing talent!
Peter Carey writes an excellent story. His "True History of the Kelly Gang" is exceptional - a must read!
Kate Morton.
You can ACTUALLY visualise her stories' as you read!
Her manner of writing is just so 'clear'. Here's hoping any of her books will be 'picked-up' for screen rights!

I dislike Peter Carey outright, after he said some really derogatory things about Australia, hence I don't read his books.
Tried to read Tim Winton's 'The Riders' & couldn't get past the first chapter! Very confusing writing & plot.
........but I do like Peter Corriss, & Kerry Greenwood.
by donjo
Fiona McIntosh. I am thoroughly enjoying her fantasy series, The Quickening.
I don't read enough to have an Australian favourite author. When I do read, It always seems to be James Patterson books.
by Miro
My favourite is Matthew Reilly. Love is books; full of action from go to whoa leaving the reader feeling that they had actually been on the journey and now are home for a rest. Keep up the good work Matthew.

Liz Williams
by Liz
YES! Totally agree!
For a light read - and to encourage my students to read - John Flanagan's Rangers Apprentice and Brotherband series'.

Best edge-of-your-seat-from-the-beggining must go to Matthew Reilly!
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