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10 Australian Historical Novels

Posted 13/12/2019

These 10 novels are guaranteed to satisfy the history lover in your life.

  1. Gould’s book of Fish – Richard Flanagan. Convicts, settlers and Aboriginals all contribute to the life of Billy Gould, forger, convict and painter of fish.
  2. The Tree of Man – Patrick White. Probably the writer who intimidates most readers. Feel the fear and read him anyway.
  3. Ransom – David Malouf. Priam’s journey to recover his son Hector’s body from the wrathful Achilles.
  4. Poisoning the Nest – Natalie Muller. In 1914 the First World War comes to Australian towns dividing communities. Check it out in our bookshop.
  5. Lillian’s Story – Kate Grenville. Born with Federation Lillian’s life takes a dramatic turn one night.
  6. The Langton Quartet – Martin Boyd. A fictional telling of the Boyd family. A bit of a cheat here as it is actually four books.
  7. Julia Paradise – Rod Jones. Set in steamy far north Queensland and Shanghai, Missionary wife Julia is not what she seems.
  8. That dead man’s dance – Kim Scott. The settlement of Western Australia through the eyes of the Noongar people.
  9. The Red Dust – Phillip Aughey. The parched red fields of the Hay plains provide the backdrop for the farming communities that live there carving lives out in their battle against the heat, the elements and the isolation. Check it out in out bookshop.
  10. Voss – Patrick White. A cheat here. Follow Voss and his men as they head out across the Darling Downs never to return. This is my favourite of Patrick White’s books.