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TOP 8 AUSTRALIAN READS

TOP 8 AUSTRALIAN READS

When I moved to Australia I got stuck straight into some of the literature and books here. As it’s such a big country I find some of the guide books fairly high level and not as informative as a book. Here’s my top reads. What are yours? Have I missed something?

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

This was a book I found in my cousins house in Western Australia while hunting for a good local read. As it turns out Western Australia is a breeding ground of creativity and great authors. This was an amazingly lucky find and a delightful book. Think To Kill A Mockingbird in Australia. A total loveable classic and I think they are making the movie soon too.

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The Lost Boys by Sam de Britto

Having done the Brit thing and moved straight to Bondi when I moved to Sydney. I thought I had better find some good reads about Sydney and came across this gem, I am pretty sure in a public bookshelf in North Bondi. This book is a total hoot and tragic at the same time. It’s like reading a man’s mag at times and I was totally grossed out, intrigued and shocked. This is really a story of boys who don’t grow up. They live in Bondi and it switches from then being 16 to 36 and not much has changed. In fact the most successful one seems to be the one who has a baby. Sam de Britto was a North Bondi local and used to go to the same fish shop as me. I was very upset to hear he sadly died in 2015. This book is a constant reminder to me and my friends that hangout in Bondi that life can stay still if you’re not careful and present.

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Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington

When I stayed in Western Australia something I was told to learn about and become aware of the Aboriginal community and their history in Australia. I’m not as exposed in Sydney to the Aboriginal culture as I am in Perth, mainly because I have friends who are more involved in improving community relations down in WA so it’s more of a talking point. So I wanted to learn more so I bought this book as it came recommended and I must say it shared an astonishing story of three young sisters walking 1,600km across Western Australia from a government institution. Having said that I know people in NSW that are doing awesome projects to improve and bridge the gap. This book takes you through a long and scary journey, and the reality of the history of the Aboriginal plight.

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Cloud Street by Tim Winton

This is one of the most famous Aussie books and so I thought I must get into it quickly and have a read. Now I must say at first especially after reading Jasper Jones the pace is much slower. It’s a beautifully written book, very elegantly written and takes you right into the descriptiveness of Tim Winton’s story telling. Again it’s based in Western Australia which has such a soft spot in my heart and so of course I loved it.

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Dads are the Original Hipsters by Brad Getty

I love novelty and silly books. Partly because I am silly myself but also they make for great crack, and they are great in a bookshelf or a bedside table. This one is a classic and goes through some hilarious scenarios that show hipsters really it was their Dads who were way cooler and on trend back in the day. I must say photos of my Dad’s insanely big glasses and long curly hair and checked shirts do always make me laugh and slightly proud at the same time. This book isn’t made in Australia however, I bought it in this cute little store in a place called Berry in New South Wales on a road trip and I figure as there are so many hipsters in Sydney there is a relation.

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101 Best Australian Beaches by Andy Short & Brad Farmer

This is the book I literally read the most at home. I love it so much. It goes through each of their top beaches and still there’s some more I think should get in there. They give a really great photo and information and have little facts throughout for top surfing beaches or which are the longest beaches which I always really enjoy. It’s great for inspiration and also as a great list to tick off all the amazing beaches as you visit.

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Things Bogans Like. Tribal Tatts To Reality TV: How to Recognise The 21st Century Bogan by Various Haters

This was one of the first books I bought when I got to Australia. When you move to a new country you need to accustomise yourself with local culture. Sadly I have a lot of similar interests to the so called bogan. I don’t have a tribal tattoo but I do manage to tick quite a few crimes especially on the music tastes. This is a hilarious book that touches on funny elements of Aussie culture, and tears everyone apart from miners to homophobes to beaurocracy. I would highly recommend, it’s dense, and there are so many pet hates in this substantial book.

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Australia Insights Guide

I have to put this guide book in the list as well. This was my first friend in Australia and it took me a while to find a guide book that I could handle with enough info and photos to give some real information and a feel for this vast country I would call my home. This one did the trick.

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