I don’t often participate in blog challenges, but I’m plunging into the 2018 Australian Women Writers Challenge. I’ve signed up to read and review six books for 2018.
In 2017, I read 8 books by Australian authors –7 by women:
Black Teeth: Zane Lovitt
A Loving, Faithful Animal: Josephine Rowe
The Puzzleheaded Girl: Christina Stead
Our Tiny, Useless Hearts: Toni Jordan
The Newspaper of Claremont Street: Elizabeth Jolley
My Last Confession: Helen Fitzgerald
The Dyehouse: Mena Calthorpe
A Little Tea, A little Chat: Christina Stead.
The first Australian book I ever read (I think) was Joan Lindsey’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. It took a while to sink in, but over time I realized that while I was hungry for Australian film and would actively seek out new titles, I was doing NOTHING to find and read Australian books. I also reasoned that since I loved this country’s films, I’d probably love their books too. Plus somewhere, in an alternate universe, I am an Australian. Dad took that trip to Australia House, but Mum nixed it… what could have been?…
But it’s very difficult to break into a country’s books (harder if there’s another language involved) but this is where Text publishing and fellow bloggers enter the picture. Text publishing has brought many wonderful Australian titles to the N. American market, and now I follow Gummie over at Whispering Gums and Lisa at ANZLitlovers for tips. Lisa and Gummie: if you ever falter and wonder if you’re wasting your time blogging, be assured that you are not.
I also follow the blog of a genuine Australian writer Gert Loveday
So I’m in for the count. Who will I read? Haven’t made my mind up yet but probably some Helen Garner for one.