Growing Passion for Australian Authors

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Culture & Language, News ~ by Press on  25 Feb 2019

Australian readers love Australian authors and Australian stories.

While Tim Winton, Tom Keneally, Judy Nunn and Bryce Courtenay persist in the Top 100, for the first time debut Australian fiction authors are making an impression.

Better Reading asked Australian readers ‘What is your favourite book?’ and over 9,000 booklovers reveal an interesting new trend in book publishing with an upsurge of interest and pride in local writing talent.

The inclusion of Holly Ringland’s The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, Christian White’s The Nowhere Child, Dervla McTiernan’s The Ruin, Chris Hammer’s Scrublands, and Lauren Chater’s The Lace Weaver reflects a new and growing appetite for debut Australian authors.

Survey results
  • More than half the Top 100 are by Australian authors
  • Australians enjoy a diverse mix of literary and popular fiction
  • The gender balance of authors was almost equal at 51% female and 49% male
  • General fiction is the most popular genre followed by crime/thriller and classics
  • Australians enjoy a mix of international and home-grown authors – The Book Thief by Australian author Marcus Zusak took out the #1 spot and three of the top 10 positions were taken out by Australian authors. However, the top 10 also included classics and modern classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  • Liane Moriarty was revealed as the most popular Australian author, closely followed by Tim Winton, Jane Harper, Matthew Reilly, Di Morrisey, Judy Nunn and Bryce Courtney, with numerous titles of theirs on the list.
  • Australians are loving debut home grown authors.

Readers love to share their favourite titles,” said Cheryl Akle, Better Reading founder.

This year’s Top 100 list will be a great way for people to select some of the best books to read over the next few months.”

Better Reading’s Top 10 reads
  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
  6. The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
  7. The Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney
  8. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  9. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  10. The Dry by Jane Harper

To see the full list click here

Cheryl Akle, Better Reading founder and book crusader has been a leader in the book industry for over 30 years. Her aim in starting Better Reading was to help Australian readers and their families discover great books.

Better Reading has a daily reach of over 500,000 readers across channels, over 260,000 downloads of podcast Stories Behind the Story and delivers Australian readers what they love most: a strong focus on Australian stories, Facebook live interviews, top rating podcasts, live bestseller lists, an online bookclub and recommended reads. 

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