Get Reading Initiative


The Australian government has launched a website,, 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.

by Aishah Macgill

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