This April, Kim Forrester is hosting a month-long celebration of Australian literature at her blog Reading Matters. She’s inviting other people to join in by reading an Australian book or two, writing reviews, or simple joining the conversation on her site, or Facebook and Twitter.
I’m going to attempt to read four Australian novels for Australian Literature Month:
1. The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey
I saw Silvey speaking about his latest book at a lovely event at Beaufort Street Books late last year, but I somehow haven’t got round to reading it yet, despite the allure of the gorgeous cover and illustrations by West Australian artist Sonia Martinez. Now’s the time!
2. Someone Else’s Country by Peter Docker
I’m interviewing Peter at this year’s Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival. I am a huge fan of The Waterboys and am looking forward to reading his debut novel.
3. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
I have heard nothing but raves about this debut novel which has been longlisted for both the Miles Franklin Award and the Women’s Prize for Fiction and this week, has been chosen as Indie Book of the Year at the 2013 Independent Booksellers of Australia Awards.
4. Elemental by Amanda Curtin
I just received an advance copy of this new novel from my friend and long-term writing colleague and mentor Amanda Curtin, due out May 1st. Along with Stedman’s novel, it will count towards my Australian Women Writers Challenge.
Have you read any of these? Are there any Australian books that you might shuffle to the top of your reading pile in honour of Australian Literature Month?