Aussie Authors Continue to Dominate Our Top 100!

Aussie Authors Continue to Dominate Our Top 100!

The Better Reading 2022 Top 100 is out now and it’s clear – with 57% of the books on the list written by Australian authors – you all love to read Australian books!

Better Reading Director Cheryl Akle states: “Once again, readers have shown their love of home-grown authors with well over 50% of their favourite books written by Australians. This shift first took place in 2017 and shows no sign of changing. It’s clear the desire to read Australian remains, which is incredibly exciting. There is a strong culture and thirst for local voices with authors such as Jane Harper, Liane Moriarty, Rachael Johns and Heather Morris each featuring multiple titles on the 2022 list.”

There’s no denying that readers are heavily invested in authentic stories about the place we call home. However, this was not always the case. Debut Australian fiction was once received with trepidation by publishers because they were the books that people didn’t want to read. Fast forward to 2022 and not only are Australian books consistently making their way onto the Nielsen top 10 charts, they are also receiving huge international acclaim, being picked up by overseas publishers, and being made into hit films and TV shows.

Looking back on the past couple of years, an inordinate number of Australian books have made their way onto the Top 100 list. Books like The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, The Nowhere Child by Christian White, Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton and Scrublands by Chris Hammer, have now made this list THREE years running.

Trent Dalton, Rachael Johns, Christian White and Chris Hammer are among the authors who have multiple titles on this year’s list. Other favourite Aussie authors are Liane Moriarty and Jane Harper, who both have three titles on this year’s list. And while it’s great to celebrate these now established authors, it’s also wonderful to see some new authors making the list, such as Diana Reid with Love & Virtue.

Australian literature has come a long way, both at home and abroad. Thanks to a whole new wave of wonderful Australian writing, Australia has become a literary powerhouse, giving us a great deal to be proud of – and to celebrate.

Check out the Top 100 here…

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