Celebrating Australian Authors

Celebrating Australian Authors

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.

We’ll highlight non-fiction, such as the gritty debut memoir from Gwen Wilson, I Belong to No One, and Li Feng’s compelling memoir of her Chinese family, Forged From Silver Dollar.

And we’ll  focus on Australian writers enjoying their first taste of publication, such as Eliza Henry Jones and her debut novel, In the QuietSandra Leigh Price with her magical debut, The Bird’s Childand 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.

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                    Sofie Laguna
                    About the author

                    Sofie Laguna

                    Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer, but after deciding law was not for her, she trained as an actor. Sofie is now an author, actor and playwright. Her books for young people have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and have been shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Awards. She has been published in the US and the UK and in translation in Europe and Asia. Sofie's first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, was also published throughout Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Sofie has written the screenplay for the film of One Foot Wrong, scheduled for pre-production in 2014.

                    Books by Sofie Laguna

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