The State Library of Victoria has released a short list of summer reads by Victorian authors or with Victorian (Australia) settings.
1. Addition by Toni Jordan
2. Beaten by a Blow by Dennis McIntosh
3. Bird by Sophie Cunningham
4. Blood Sunset by Jarad Henry
5. The Boat by Nam Le
6. Cup With No Handles by Carolyn Landon
7. Dissection by Jacinta Halloran
8. Dreaming Again by Jack Dann
9. Flavours of Melbourne by Charmaine O’Brien
10. Growing up Asian edited by Alice Pung
11. I am Melba by Ann Blainey
12. Musk and Burne by Fiona Capp
13. Radical Melbourne by Jeff and Jill Sparrow
14. Sea of Many Returns by Arnold Zable
15. Swing by Sailor by Catherine Dyson
16. Tall Man by Chloe Hooper
17. The Time We Have Taken by Steven Carroll
18. Tom Wills: His Spectacular Rise and Tragic Fall by Greg de Moore
19. White Knight with BeeBox by Peter Steele
20. The Zookeeper’s War by Steven Conte
Many of these titles sound very good and, while I’m not an avid reader of Australian literature, I find many of these titles very intriguing. These aren’t the typical, quintessential Australian literature where there’s the bush, desert, horses, rangemen, etc, but stories that are actually set in the suburbs and the city. These environments are actually much more familiar to many. I’m also very excited to be reading Victorian authors. I think the State Library has done a very good job in forming this list.
I’m particularly interested in Bird, The Boat (Nam Le also recently won the Dylan Thomas prize with an award worth over 60,000 Euro), Dissection, Flavours of Melbourne, Tall Man, The Time We Have Taken, and The Zookeeper’s War. The library’s website also has short summaries of all those titles.
I also hope others will be enticed by these titles too. 🙂