Get Reading Initiative
The Australian government has launched a website, getreading.com.au, to encourage all Australians to do just that, get reading!
They held a social media blitz via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and after 1,100 books were nominated and 6,000 people cast their vote, they have arrived at the top 100 favourite Australian homegrown reads.
Here is the bottom 20 in the countdown, starting with number 100 to 81.
100 Battle Axe – Book One of the Axis Trilogy by Sarah Douglass
99 The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson (actually a woman author)
98 The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
97 On the Jellico Road by Melina Marchetta
96 Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein
95 Animalia by Graeme Base
94 Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly
93 Tandia by Bryce Courtenay
92 The Tree of Man by Patrick White
91 The Muddle-headed Wombat by Ruth Park
90 Rhubarb by Craig Silvey
89 Salvation Creek: An unexpected Life by Susan Duncan
88 Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook
87 Candy by Luke Davies
86 Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
85 Puberty Blues by Gabrielle Carey & Cathy Lette
84 Hope’s Road by Margaret Osborn
83 We of the Never-Never by Aenaes Gunn
82 Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner
81 Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
Stay tuned for the next 20 top Australian Homegrown Reads.