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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


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

Naomi Alderman

Sherman Alexie

Miles Allinson

Tara Altebrando

Stephen E. Ambrose

  • Band of Brothers

Martin Amis

Steven Amsterdam


Romy Ash

Jay Asher

Thea Astley

  • It’s Raining in Mango
  • A Kindness Cup

Kate Atkinson

Jackson Brodie Series

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

Jami Attenberg

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

Margaret Atwood

  • The Edible Woman
  • Surfacing
  • Lady Oracle
  • Life Before Man
  • Bodily Harm
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Cat’s Eye
  • The Robber Bride
  • Alias Grace
  • The Blind Assassin
  • The Penelopiad

Jane Austen

Victoria Aveyard

Sarah Ayoub


Murray Bail

  • Eucalyptus

Julia Baird

Kathryn Barker

Pat Barker

Julian Barnes

JD Barrett

Dan Baum

Maxine Beneba-Clarke

Namila Benson

Maeve Binchy

Tony Birch

Geoffrey Blainey

  • The Tyranny of Distance

Kendare Blake

Judy Blume

Roberto Bolano

Katherine Brabon

Ray Bradbury

Oyinkan Braithwaite

Hilary Burden

  • A Story of Seven Summers

Anthony Burgess

Anna Burns

Jesse Burton


Albert Camus

  • The Outsider

Steve Cannane

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

Paul D Carter

Raymond Carver

  • Will you please be quiet, please?

Laura Catherine

Eleanor Catton

Jeremy Chambers

  • The Vintage and the Gleaning

Jack Charles

Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella (with Namila Benson)

Chandrahas Choudhury

Lee Child

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

Claire G. Coleman

Suzanne Collins

Kenneth Cooke

  • Wake in Fright

Patricia Cornwell

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

Ellen Degeneres

Belle de Jour

Michelle de Kretser

Gregoire Delacourt

  • The List of my Desires

Portia de Rossi

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


Nick Earls

  • 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

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

Jasper Fforde

Helen Fielding

Carrie Fisher

Louise Fitzhugh

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

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

Malcolm Gladwell

  • Outliers

Madeline Gleeson

Morris Gleitzman

Richard Glover

Michael Grant

Claudia Gray

  • Fateful

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

Evan Green

John Green

Kate Grenville

Jay Griffiths

  • A Love Letter From A Stray Moon

 Austin Grossman

  • Soon I will be Invincible

Sara Gruen


Rosalie Ham

Chris Hammer

Moshin Hamid

Frank Hardy

  • Power Without Glory

Marieke Hardy

Charlaine Harris

Elizabeth Harrower

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

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

Keith Haruf

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

S. Hilton

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

Siri Hustvedt

Aldous Huxley

MJ Hyland

Eowyn Ivey



Antoni Jach

  • Napoleon’s Double

Howard Jacobson

Clive James

  • Unreliable Memoirs

PD James

EL James

  • 50 Shades of Grey

Kate James

Marlon James

Balli Kaur Jaswal

  • Inheritance

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

Tayari Jones

Toni Jordan

Stephen Juan


rupi kaur

Thomas Keneally

  • Schindler’s Ark
  • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Cate Kennedy

Hannah Kent

Marian Keyes

Stephen King

Michael Kimball

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

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

Derek Landy

Stieg Larsson

Hugh Laurie

  • The Gunseller

Benjamin Law

Margaret Lawrence

  • The Diviners

Julia Leigh

Elmore Leonard

David Lesser

David Leviathan

Tao Lin

  • Tai Pei

Marjorie M Liu

Zane Lovitt

  • The Midnight Promise

Melissa Lucashenko

Judith Lucy

Sergei Lukyanenko

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


Ricky Macourt

  • Jali Boy

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

Richard Matheson

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

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

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

Richelle Mead

John Kerr and Ray Mooney

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

Audrey Niffenegger

Clare North


Tim O’Brien

  • The Things They Carried

Nnedi Okorafor

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

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

Bruce Pascoe

  • The Chainsaw File
  • Dark Emu

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

Sylvia Plath

  1. Annie Proulx

Phillip Pullman

Alice Pung

  • Unpolished Gem
  • Laurinda


Ayn Rand

  • The Fountainhead
  • Atlas Shrugged

Ransom Riggs

Jane Rawson

Miranda Riwoe

Tom Robbins

  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Skinny Legs and All
  • Jitterbug Perfume

Charlotte Rogan

Sally Rooney

Heather Rose

Judith Rossell

Rainbow Rowell

JK Rowling

Jonathan Safran Foer

Catherine de Saint Phalle

JD Salinger

Alex Sanchez

George Saunders

  • CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
  • Pastoralia
  • The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip
  • The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
  • In Persuasion Nation
  • Tenth of December: Stories
  • Lincoln in the Bardo
  • Fox 8: A story

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

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

Craig Silvey

  • Jasper Jones

Graeme Simsion

Curtis Sittenfeld

Dashka Slater

Holly Smale

Patti Smith

  • Just Kids

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  • Gulag Archipelago

Christina Stead

  • The Man Who Loved Children
  • For Love Alone

Gareth Stein

Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Hilary St John Mandel

Kathryn Stockett

Jen Storer

Randolph Stow

  • Visitants

Will Swanton

Magda Szubanski


Gabriel Tallent

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

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

  • The Colour Purple

Tegan Warner

Larry Watson

Nicole Watson

  • The Boundary

John Weldon

Chuck Wendig

  • Blackbirds

Sarah Wendell

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

Albert Wendt

Christian White

Patrick White

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

Tommy Wieringa

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

Alison Wong

  • As the Earth Turns Silver

Fiona Wood

Charlotte Wood

Chris Womersley

  • Cairo
  • Bereft
  • The Low Road

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

  • The Book Thief
  • I am the Messenger
  • Bridge of Clay


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