Better Reading’s Director, Cheryl Akle, has been in the publishing industry for over 30 years and in that time has been discovering the best Australian writers – both the best classic authors as well as emerging new talent. Here at Better Reading, we’re all about championing Australian voices.
As part of this mission, this July we’re bringing you the Celebrating Australian Authors program – reminding you of some of the best-loved Australian authors, as well as introducing brand new voices of the Australian book scene, and profiling some authors you may have heard of, but would like to know a little more about.
These voices are all distinctive but all have one thing in common – they represent different ideas and experiences from across the country.
As part of this project we’ll be featuring the recent winner of Australia’s most prestigious literary award, the Miles Franklin, Sofie Laguna. We talk to Sofie about her second book for adults, The Eye of the Sheep, a gritty novel set in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
We’ll feature a diverse range of voices, from the talented filmmaker-turned-thriller writer, Ann Turner, and her recent literary thriller debut, The Lost Swimmer, to the romance writer, Fiona McCallum, on her prolific turn-out and her recent novel, Leap of Faith.
And we’ll focus on Australian writers enjoying their first taste of publication, such as Eliza Henry Jones and her debut novel, In the Quiet; Sandra Leigh Price with her magical debut, The Bird’s Child; and the Stella Prize winning author Emily Bitto for The Strays.
See Cheryl’s Top Ten must-read classic Australian novels here and look out for the Better Reading Team’s favourite Australian novels.
So join us in this celebration of Australian authors.