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Better Reading Presents Australia’s Top 100 Books

Around 5000 people responded to Better Reading’s quest to find out Australia’s Top 100 novels, in the first survey of its kind.

See more about the list here: Better Reading Top 100 Quick Reference

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  5. Kevin Black

    They are certainly not all great novels – some are not even good novels. I agree with most of the choices, but three (count ’em) Matthew Reillys is absurd, especially when two of the best recent Australian novels by Peter Temple (The Broken Shore and Truth) can’t make it onto this list.

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  17. Geoffrey Devine

    A very narrow list in terms of ethnicity, race, sexualities other than straight, etc. Very white-bread, anglo, and ordinary.

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  19. Chrissy Roberts

    Can’t believe there wasn’t one Robert G. Barrett amongst this 100.

  20. Robyn de Sachau

    i cannot believe that I have read so many of the top 100 books and have loved them all. Thank you so much for publishing the list.

  21. Debbie Hayter

    Hi I was struck by how many popular books I haven’t read. No Robert Jordan or Arthur Upfield or Paul Doherty. Oh well I will just keep reading.

  22. Julia Overton

    I agree with the comment that it was a somewhat narrow list in terms of ethnicity and experience. There are so many excellent books from Africa, Asia, South America and continental Europe. Where are they? Having said that on the list I would say that All That I Am from Anna Funder was up there for me as one of the best, other Carey novels such as The True History of the Kelly Gang and no Bronte???
    Julia

  23. Loraine Parry

    Just recently took reading up again, and now can’t get enough of books. That great tactile feel is great. I’ve now got such an eclectic selection that my local bookstore either pre-orders books or puts them aside each week for me. The sleeve or back of a book doesn’t always give the heart of the story, so I try and do same as I write the occasional review (from my thoughts) for other likewise readers. We must all try and inspire others to read, it’s such a terrific feeling to finish a book no matter how long it takes.

  24. Sheila Burrell

    I would have loved to have seen at least one book from Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan novels among the Top 100. Her writing is head and shoulders above anything I have read this year (many listed above). My Beautiful Friend and The Story of a New Name just blew me away. These books are far from being ordinary. She puts other writers in the shade.

  25. Deb Sheehan

    It amazes me that the wonderful ‘Frontier’ series written by Peter Watt isn’t in the top 100. I’ve read many of the novels listed and the ‘Frontier’ novels beats all but Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ hands down!

  26. Ally Morgan

    I could not get into “Gone Girl”, no matter how many times I tried – people I passed it onto said the same thing.

  27. Veronica

    I have so many of the top 100 on my tbr. Looks like I’ve got some great reading ahead of me.

  28. Lynette

    Most of them I have read and re-read the classics of Austen, Bronte etc but there is no more lack of taste with “50 Shades”. Glad to see Gabaldon made that list.

  29. Tim

    Maybe the top 100 could be chosen on book sales (ie Nielsen scan sales) instead of the subjective survey said. Lots of books different genres but only a small sample of what is published. How about John Greens A fault in our Stars sold 300k. You reckon it would show in a survey.

  30. Gaby

    Regardless of their opinion, I am glad so many of my fellow readers have engaged in the discussion. It thrills me that people are still passionate about reading books, just like I am. I am happy to declare that I have passed on my love for reading and books onto my two daughters and that they both have their own “library” in their rooms. Thank you everyone. I have to go now to find space for my fourth bookshelf!

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