Australian Women Writers Challenge Round-Up

This was the second year in which I took part in the Australian Women Writers Challenge and I’m pleased to say I did MUCH better than last year, reading 9 books by Australian women writers and reviewing 8 of them (though I admit my reviews got briefer as the year went on).

My favourite of the books I read for the challenge, and indeed of all the books I read last year, was Letters to the End of Love by Yvette Walker, an exquisitely written and deeply moving meditation on love in its many forms.

These are the other books I read, most of which I enjoyed very much, with links to reviews:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Elemental by Amanda Curtin

The Burial by Courtney Collins


The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer by Edwina Preston

just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth

Shallow Breath by Sara Foster

Fractured Dawn Barker

Who We Were by Lucy Neave


After being pretty disinterested in Australian literature for a long time, the AWW Challenge has helped me to discover some interesting new voices. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey of discovery in 2014. Some of the books I plan to read are:

Red Queen by Honey Brown

Darkness on the Edge of Town by Jessie Cole

Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss

The Factory by Paddy O’Reilly

I’ll also be interviewing an Australian female writer on the second Friday of every month on the AWW Challenge blog.

Your turn: Have you read any great books by Australian women authors this year? Would you like to read and discover more? Why don’t you sign up too? You can commit to as few or many as you like and don’t have to review – you can just read and enjoy.

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