For those of my followers who are not Australian or are not familar with Colleen McCullough's writing, this book is an Australian classic.
I forgot to mention last week that I finished it - huge as it is - because I couldn't put it down. I loved it from start to finish and knew a string of emotions ranging from happiness, shock, frustration and anger.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a true Australian story.
It's a sad comment about my reading preferences that I don't often read Australian literature these days. Don't get me wrong, over the years I've read my share of Australian books and loved them, it's just that my preferred reading more recently is usually British - probably because I'm writing books that are set in Britain.
Over the years I've read and enjoyed many Australian books. Those of you who are unfamilar with Australiana, if you're interested in Australian fiction, some I'd definitely recommend are:
- For the Term of His Natural Life - Marcus Clarke
- Great Australian Short Stories - Banjo Patterson
- Kings in Grass Castles - Mary Durack
- A Fortunate Life - A.B. Facey
- Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay
- I know My Love - Catherine Gaskin
- Sara Dane - Catherine Gaskin
If any of you has read my book of short stories called All That & Everything, you'll notice that there are a number of stories set in the Australian bush or with Australian themes such as, The Small Town and The River Gum.
I've written many others that haven't been published - perhaps I'll include a few here in future blogs. Meanwhile, I have an idea for a novel set in Australia, but that will have to wait as I'm not quite finished with the Broughton family yet.
So, I'm going to leave you now and get on with the third instalment in the Broughton Series.
In the meantime, if any of you have read a good Australian novel, please share it with me, write a review - I'd be very interested in your thoughts.
Happy Australiana reading!