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The Best Australian Essays 2011

Growing Up African in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia

Not that Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture


Jenny Ackland

Douglas Adams

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • Life, The Universe and Everything
  • So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish
  • Mostly Harmless
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Toni Adeyemi

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Arvin Ahmadi

Becky Albertalli

Naomi Alderman

Sherman Alexie

Miles Allinson

Tara Altebrando

Stephen E. Ambrose

  • Band of Brothers

Martin Amis

Steven Amsterdam


Robbie Arnott

Romy Ash

Jay Asher


Thea Astley

  • It’s Raining in Mango
  • A Kindness Cup

Clare Atkins

Kate Atkinson

Jackson Brodie Series

  • Case Histories
  • One Good Turn
  • When Will There Be Good News
  • Started Early, Took My Dog
  • Big Sky

Dean Atta

Jami Attenberg

  • The Middlesteins
  • The Melting Season
  • The Kept Man
  • Instant Love

Margaret Atwood

Ashley Audrain

Jane Austen

Emily Austin

  • Everyone in this Room Will Someday be Dead

Victoria Aveyard

Sarah Ayoub


Murray Bail

  • Eucalyptus

Julia Baird

David Baldacci

Kathryn Barker

Pat Barker

Julian Barnes

JD Barrett

Fiona Barton

Dan Baum

Alison Bechdel

  • Fun Home

Davina Bell

Maxine Beneba-Clarke

Brit Bennett

Namila Benson

Maeve Binchy

Tony Birch

John Birmingham

  • Zero Day Code
  • Fail Stste
  • American Kill Switch

Geoffrey Blainey

  • The Tyranny of Distance

Kendare Blake

Judy Blume

Roberto Bolano

Behrouz Boochani

  • No Friend But the Mountain

Dr Sarah Boston

Claire Bowditch

Katherine Brabon

Ray Bradbury

Oyinkan Braithwaite

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Geraldine Brooks

Jacqueline Bubitz

  • Before You Knew My Name

Hilary Burden

  • A Story of Seven Summers

Anthony Burgess

Anna Burns

Jesse Burton


Albert Camus

  • The Outsider

Steve Cannane

Joanna Cannon

Fiona Capp

Peter Carey

  • Amnesia
  • The Chemistry of Tears
  • Parrot and Oliver in America
  • His Illegal Self
  • Theft: A Love Story
  • Wrong About Japan
  • My Life as a Fake
  • 30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account
  • True History of the Kelly Gang
  • Jack Maggs
  • The Big Bazoohey
  • Collected Stories
  • The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith
  • The Tax Inspector
  • Oscar and Lucinda
  • Illywhacker
  • Bliss
  • The Fat Man in History
  • War Crimes

Scott Carney

Paul D Carter

Raymond Carver

Laura Catherine

Eleanor Catton

Jeremy Chambers

  • The Vintage and the Gleaning

Jack Charles

Chandrahas Choudhury

Lee Child

Lee Child and Andrew Child

Wai Chim

Agatha Christie

Cat Clare

Chris Cleave

Cassandra Clare

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls
  • City of Heavenly Fire

Dhonielle Clayton

Ernest Cline

Daniel Clowes

Paulo Coelho

Diablo Cody

Claire G. Coleman

Suzanne Collins

Michael Connelly

Kaz Cooke

Kenneth Cooke

  • Wake in Fright

Patricia Cornwell

Scarpetta Series

Southern Cross Trilogy

Meredith Costain

Bryce Courtenay

  • The Power of One

Jim Crace

  • Continent
  • The Gift of Stones
  • Arcardia
  • Signals of Distress
  • The Slow Digestions of the Night
  • Quarantine
  • Being Dead
  • The Devils Larder
  • Six
  • The Pesthouse
  • On Heat
  • All That Follows
  • Harvest

Sloane Crossley

Cath Crowley

Michael Cunningham

  • The Snow Queen
  • By Nightfall
  • Laws for Creations
  • Specimen Days
  • The Hours
  • At Home at the End of the World
  • Flesh and Blood

Sophie Cunningham


Trent Dalton

Alan Davies

Marlene Day

Emily Dean

Ellen Degeneres

Belle de Jour

Michelle de Kretser

Gregoire Delacourt

  • The List of my Desires

Portia de Rossi

Patrick Dewitt

Su Dharmapala

  • The Wedding Season

Junot Diaz

  • This is How You Lose Her
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Drown

Anita Diamant

  • The Red Tent

Phillip K Dick

Charles Dickens

Demet Divaroren

Anh Do

Anthony Doerr

Norman Doidge

Emma Donoghue


  • Welcome to Hard Times
  • Big As Life
  • The Book of Daniel
  • Ragtime
  • Loon Lake
  • World’s Fair
  • Billy Bathgate
  • The Waterworks
  • City of God
  • The March
  • Homer and Langley
  • Andrew’s Brain
  • Lives of the Poets

David Duchovny


David Eagleman

  • Welcome to Normal
  • Zigzag Street

Kim Edwards

Jennifer Egan

  • A Visit From the Goon Squad
  • The Keep
  • Look At Me
  • The Invisible Circus
  • Emerald City and Other Stories

Dave Eggars

Shereen El Feki

Bret Easton Ellis

  • Less Than Zero
  • The Rules of Attraction
  • American Pyscho
  • The Informers
  • Glamorama
  • Lunar Park
  • Imperial Bedrooms
  • Tranquil Reflections

Ben Elton

  • Stark
  • Gridlock
  • This Other Eden
  • Popcorn
  • Blast from the Past
  • Inconceivable
  • Dead Famous
  • High Society
  • Past Mortem
  • The First Casualty
  • Chart Throb
  • Blind Faith
  • Meltdown
  • Two Brothers
  • Time and Time Again
  • Identity Crisis

Cary Elwes

Anne Enright

  • The Portable Virgin
  • The Wig My Father Wore
  • What Are You Like?
  • The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch
  • Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood
  • The Gathering
  • Taking Pictures
  • Yesterday’s Weather
  • The Forgotten Waltz

Alison Evans

Nicholas Evans

  • The Horse Whisperer

Tess Evans

Bernadine Evaristo

Frederick Exley

  • A Fan’s Notes
  • Pages From a Cold Island
  • Last Notes From Home


Albert Facey

  • A Fortunate Life

Beth Ann Fennelly

Helen Fielding

Carrie Fisher

Louise Fitzhugh

Kitty Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

  • Death of a River Guide
  • The Sound of One Hand Clapping
  • Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish
  • The Unknown Terrorist
  • Wanting
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North
  • First Person

Chris Flynn

Gillian Flynn

Clementine Ford

Richard Ford

  • A Piece of My Heart
  • The Ultimate Good Luck
  • The Sportswriter
  • Wildlife
  • Independence Day
  • The Lay of the Land
  • Canada
  • Rock Springs
  • Women with Men: Three Stories
  • A Multitude of Sins
  • Vintage Ford

Gayle Forman

Helena Fox

Karen Foxlee

Miles Franklin

  • My Brilliant Career

Lexi Freiman

Peggy Frew

James Frey

Kinky Friedman

Stephen Fry

  • Moab is my Washpot
  • The Fry Chronicles
  • More Fool Me: A Memoir
  • Paperweight
  • Rescuing the Spectaled Bear
  • Stepehn Fry’s Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
  • The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
  • Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece
  • Heroes
  • The Liar
  • Hippopotamus
  • Making History
  • The Stars’ Tennis Balls
  • Revenge: A Novel

Anna Funder


Neil Gaiman

Savanna Ganucheau

Helen Garner

Roxanne Gay

Gay’wu Group of Women


Sulari Gentill

Malcolm Gladwell

  • Outliers

Madeline Gleeson

Morris Gleitzman

Richard Glover

William Goldman

  • The Princess Bride

Ariel Gore

Lori Gottlieb

Michael Grant

Alan Glynn

  • The Dark Fields

Peter Goldsworthy

  • Maestro

Alison Goodman

  • Singing the Dogstar Blues
  • Killing the Rabbit
  • The Two Pearls of Wisdom
  • Eona
  • A New Kind of Death

Erin Gough

Claudia Gray

  • Fateful

Evan Green

John Green

Hank Green

  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Kate Grenville

Jay Griffiths

  • A Love Letter From A Stray Moon

Lauren Groff

 Austin Grossman

  • Soon I will be Invincible

Sara Gruen


Mark Haddon

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Matt Haig

Shannon Hale

Rosalie Ham

Chris Hammer

Moshin Hamid

Jenny Han

Sophie Hardcastle

Frank Hardy

  • Power Without Glory

Marieke Hardy

Johann Hari

Charlaine Harris

Zakiya Dalila Harris

Elizabeth Harrower

  • The Watch Tower
  • Down in the City
  • The Long Prospect
  • The Catherine Wheel
  • In Certain Circles

Sonya Hartnett

  • Wilful Blue
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • The Devil Latch
  • Princes
  • All of my Dangerous Friends
  • Stripes on the Sidestep Wolf
  • Thursday’s Child
  • Forest
  • The Silver Donkey
  • Surrender
  • The Ghost’s Child
  • Butterfly
  • The Midnight Zoo
  • Trouble All the Way
  • Sparkle and Nightfall
  • The Glass House
  • Black Foxes
  • Of a Boy
  • Landscape with Animals
  • Golden Boys

Keith Haruf

Kelli Hawkins

Paula Hawkins

Lisa Heidke

  • Stella Makes Good

Anita Heiss

Zoe Heller

Ernest Hemingway

  • The Sun Also Rises
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • To Have and Have Not
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Across the River and into the Trees
  • The Old Man and the Sea

Kaui Hart Hemmings

  • The Descendants

Kent Haruf

  • Plainsong

Xavier Herbert

  • Capricornia

Charlie Higson

Jess Hill

S. Hilton

Jess Ho

  • Raised by Wolves

Sandra Hogan

Kate Holden

  • In My Skin
  • The Romantic

Gail Honeyman

Chloe Hooper

  • The Tall Man
  • The Engagement

Simmone Howell

Robert Hughes

  • The Fatal Shore

Lindsay Hunter

Andrew Hunter Murray

Siri Hustvedt

Aldous Huxley

MJ Hyland


Jennifer Iacopelli

Kazuo Ishiguro

Eowyn Ivey


Antoni Jach

  • Napoleon’s Double

Howard Jacobson

Joshilyn Jackson

Shirley Jackson

Clive James

  • Unreliable Memoirs

PD James

EL James

  • 50 Shades of Grey

Kate James

Marlon James

Balli Kaur Jaswal

  • Inheritance

Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Daisy Jones and the Six
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  • Malibu Rising
  • Carrie Soto is Back!

Erika Johansen

Maureen Johnson

Susan Johnson

  • My Hundred Lovers
  • Life in Seven Mistakes
  • The Broken Book
  • A Better Woman
  • Hungry Ghosts
  • Messages from Chaos
  • Flying Lessons
  • A Big Life
  • Latitudes
  • Women Love Sex

George Johnston

  • My Brother Jack

Jonas Jonasson

Cherie Jones

Tayari Jones

Toni Jordan

Stephen Juan


rupi kaur

Adam Kay

Thomas Keneally

  • Schindler’s Ark
  • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Cate Kennedy

Hannah Kent

Kay Kerr

Marian Keyes

Stephen King

Michael Kimball

  • Big Ray
  • Us
  • Dear Everybody
  • The Way the Family Got Away

T.J. Klune

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea

Karl Ove Knausgård

  • Ute at verden
  • A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven
  • Min Kamp – My Struggle (6 volumes)
  • Michelle Knight
  • Finding Me

Malcolm Knox

  • The Life

CJ Koch

  • The Year of Living Dangerously

Ramona Koval

  • Samovar

Jon Krakauer

Anna Krien

Mary Kubica

Hanif Kureishi

Rachel Kushner

Ambelin Kwaymullina 

Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Catching Teller Crow (with Ambelin Kwaymullina)


Kylie Ladd 

  • Into My Arms

Sophie Laguna

Margo Lanagan

  • Sea Hearts

Alex Landragin

Derek Landy

Stieg Larsson

Hugh Laurie

  • The Gunseller

Benjamin Law

Margaret Lawrence

  • The Diviners

Julia Leigh

Venessa Len

  • Only a Monster

Elmore Leonard

David Lesser

Jonathan Lethem

David Leviathan

Rebecca Lim

Tao Lin

  • Tai Pei

Kelly Link

Marjorie M Liu

E. Lockhart

Zane Lovitt

  • The Midnight Promise

Amanda Lohrey

Caro Llewellyn

Melissa Lucashenko

Judith Lucy

Sergei Lukyanenko

  • Night Watch
  • Day Watch
  • Twilight Watch/Dusk Watch
  • Last Watch
  • New Watch


Ricky Macourt

  • Jali Boy

Tahera Mafi

Emily Maguire

Adeline Yen Mah

Bob Mainwaring

  • Escape to Van Diemen’s Land

Shane Maloney

  • Stiff
  • The Brush-Off
  • Nice Try
  • The Big Ask
  • Something Fishy
  • Sucked In

David Malouf

Hilary Mantel

  • Wolf Hall
  • Bring Up the Bodies

Melina Marchetta

Laura Marshall

Yann Martel

  • Life of Pi

George RR Martin

  • The Game of Thrones
  • A Clash of Kings
  • A Storm of Storms
  • A Feast for Crows
  • A Dance with Dragons
  • The Winds of Winter
  • A Dream of Spring

Steve Martin

Isaac Marion

Richard Matheson

Jennifer Mathieu

  • Moxie
  • Bad Girls Never Say Die

Alexander McCall Smith

Cormac McCarthy

  • The Orchard Keeper
  • Outer Dark
  • Child of God
  • Suttree
  • Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West
  • All the Pretty Horses
  • The Crossing
  • Cities of the Plain
  • No Country for Old Men
  • The Road

Maureen McCarthy

Val McDermid

Trick of the Dark

The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series

Kate Branigan Series

  • Dead Beat
  • Kick Back
  • Crack Down
  • Clean Break
  • Blue Genes
  • Star Struck

Karen Pirie Series

R.W.R. McDonald

  • The Nancys

Ian McEwan

Fiona McFarlane

John McGahern

  • The Barracks
  • The Dark
  • The Leavetaking
  • The Pornographer
  • Amongst Women
  • That They May Face the Rising Sun

Michael McGirr

  • Things You Get For Free
  • Bypass – The Story of a Road
  • The Lost Art of Sleep

Cammie McGovern

Ami McKay

Laura Jean McKay

Robin McKinley

Richelle Mead

Alex Michaelides

Deborah Moggach

John Kerr and Ray Mooney

Cath Moore

Alan Moorehead

  • Gallipoli

Frank Moorhouse

  • Grand Days

Liane Moriarty

Paula Morris

Toni Morrison

  • The Bluest Eye
  • Sula
  • Song of Solomon
  • TarBaby
  • Beloved
  • Jazz
  • Paradise
  • Love
  • A Mercy
  • Home

Andy Mulligan

Haruki Murakami

Elspeth Muir

Iris Murdoch

Sarah Murgatroyd

Ruby J Murray

Lauren Myracle


Carol Nadar

Lucy Neave

Celeste Ng

Audrey Niffenegger

Marieke Nijkamp

  • At the End of Everything

Clare North


Tim O’Brien

  • The Things They Carried

Maggie O’Farrell

Nnedi Okorafor

Lauren Oliver

Louise O’Neill

Paddy O’Reilly

  • The Wonders
  • The Factory
  • The Fine Colour of Rust
  • The End of the World

George Orwell

  • Burmese Days
  • A Clergyman’s Daughter
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying
  • Coming Up for Air
  • Animal Farm
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Down and Out in Paris and London
  • The Road to Wigan Pier
  • Homage to Catalonia

Mark Oshiro

Margaret Owen

  • Little Thieves

Delia Owens

Amos Oz

  • Scenes from Village Life

Ruth Ozeki


Amra Pajalic

R.J. Palacio

Chuck Palahniuk

  • Fight Club
  • Beautiful You
  • Doomed
  • Invisible Monsters Remix
  • Tell-All
  • Snuff
  • Haunted
  • Diary
  • Lullaby
  • Burnt Tongues: Stories
  • Damned
  • Pygmy
  • Ran
  • Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories
  • Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon
  • Choke
  • Survivor

Grace Paley

  • The little Disturbances of Man
  • Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
  • Later the Same Day
  • Leaning Forward
  • 365 Reasons Not to Have Another War
  • Long Walks and Intimate Talks
  • New and Collected Poems
  • Just As I Thought
  • Begin Again: Collected Poems
  • Fidelity

Kevin Panetta

Ruth Park

  • The Harp in the South
  • Poor Man’s Orange
  • The Witches Thorn
  • A Power of Roses
  • Pink Flannel
  • One-a-Pecker, Two-a-pecker
  • The Good Looking Women
  • Swords and Crowns and Rings
  • Missus
  • Playing Beatie Bow

Favel Parrett

Ann Patchett

James Paterson

Katherine Patterson

Amy Poehler

Dorothy Porter▪

  • The Monkey’s Mask

Hal Porter

  • The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony

Paula Poundstone

David Pearce

  • Red Riding Quartet -Nineteen Seventy-Four
  • Red Riding Quartet -Nineteen Seventy-Seven
  • Red Riding Quartet -Nineteen Eighty
  • Red Riding Quartet -Nineteen Eighty-Three

Elliot Pearlman

  • Three Dollars
  • Seven Types of Ambiguity
  • The Street Sweeper

Gina Perry

Vivian Pham

Sylvia Plath

  1. Annie Proulx

Phillip Pullman

Alice Pung

  • Unpolished Gem
  • Laurinda

Leah Purcell


Eaw Ramsey

Ayn Rand

  • The Fountainhead
  • Atlas Shrugged

Jane Rawson

Jason Reynolds

  • Look Both Ways

Ransom Riggs

Miranda Riwoe

Tom Robbins

Charlotte Rogan

Sally Rooney

Heather Rose

Judith Rossell

Josephine Rowe

Rainbow Rowell

JK Rowling

Salmon Rushdie


Aisha Saeed

Jonathan Safran Foer

Catherine de Saint Phalle

JD Salinger

Alex Sanchez

George Saunders

Jennifer Saunders

Astrid Scholte

Ariel Schrag

Kim Scott

  • The Deadman Dance

Alice Sebold

David Sedaris

  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
  • Holidays on Ice
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day
  • Naked
  • Barrel Fever
  • Calypso

Baek Sehee

  • I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki

Will Self

Mary Ann Shaffer

Kamila Shamsie

Maggie Shen

Lionel Shriver

  • The Female of the Species
  • Checker and the Derailleurs
  • The Bleeding Heart
  • Ordinary Decent Criminals
  • Game Control
  • A Perfectly Good Family
  • Double Fault
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • The Post-Birthday World
  • So Much for That
  • The New Republic
  • Big Brother: A Novel

Gena Showalter

Jarrod Shusterman

Neal Shusterman

Nevil Shute

Daniel Silva

Craig Silvey

Nardi Simpson

Graeme Simsion

Curtis Sittenfeld

Frank Skinner

Dashka Slater

Leila Slimani

Holly Smale

Eric Smith

Patti Smith

  • Just Kids

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  • Gulag Archipelago

Christina Stead

  • The Man Who Loved Children
  • For Love Alone

Gareth Stein

John Steinbeck

Jessie Stephens

  • Heart Sick

Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Treasure Island
  • Kidnapped
  • The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Maggie Stiefvater

Hilary St John Mandel

Kathryn Stockett

Jen Storer

Randolph Stow

  • Visitants

Cheryl Strayed

Elizabeth Strout

Will Swanton

Magda Szubanski


Gabriel Tallent

Elizabeth Tan

Donna Tartt

Cory Taylor

Kressman Taylor

Peter Temple

  • Bad Debts
  • Black Tide
  • Dead Point
  • White Dog
  • An Iron Rose
  • Shooting Star
  • In the Evil Day
  • The Broken Shore
  • Truth

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Angie Thomas

Carrie Tiffany

Colm Toibin

Christos Tsiolkas

  • The Slap
  • Barracuda

Jessie Tu

Stuart Turton

  • The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Anne Tyler



Julianne Van Loon

Elly Varrenti

Celestine Vaite

David Nyuol Vincent

Emma Viskic

Ned Vizzini

Kurt Vonnegut

Sonya Voumard


Michael Wagner

Vikki Wakefield

Alice Walker

Tegan Warner

Larry Watson

Nicole Watson

  • The Boundary

Gerard Way

John Weldon

Chuck Wendig

  • Blackbirds

Sarah Wendell

  • Everything I Know About Love I Learnt From Romance Novels
  • Beyond Heaving Bosoms

Albert Wendt

Tara Westover

Corey White

Christian White

Patrick White

  • The Tree of Man
  • Voss
  • Riders in the Chariot

Colson Whitehead

Tommy Wieringa

Pip Williams

  • The Dictionary of Lost Words

Tara June Winch

Evie Wyld

Gabrielle Williams


Tim Winton

  • An Open Swimmer
  • Shallows
  • That Eye, The Sky
  • In the Winter Dark
  • Cloudstreet
  • The Riders
  • Blueback
  • Dirt Music
  • Breath▪
  • Lockie Leonard
  • Eyrie
  • The Turning
  • The Shepherd’s Hut

Alison Wong

  • As the Earth Turns Silver

Fiona Wood

Charlotte Wood

Chris Womersley

Alexis Wright

  • Carpentaria

Lawrence Wright

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief

Evie Wyld


Gao Xingjian

  • Constellation in a Cold Night
  • Such a Pigeon called Red Lips
  • Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather
  • Soul Mountain
  • One Man’s Bible


Rick Yancey

Nicola Yoon

Rusty Young

  • Marching Powder


Arnold Zable

  • Violin Lessons

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • Shadow of the Wind

Kate Zambreno

Jeff Zentner

Markus Zusak

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