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The Top 20 must-read Australian novels

Chances are, over the holidays you picked up a book. Was it by an Australian author? The Booktopia blog has published a list of must-read Australian novels, as voted by readers via Twitter and Facebook. Here we have the top 20. See how many you’ve read and if you agree.

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20. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail





19. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay





18. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson





17. The Spare Room by Helen Garner





16. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally





15. Power Without Glory by Frank Hardy





14. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey





13. I Can Jump Puddles by Alan Marshall





12. For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke





11. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks





10. The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead





9. The Harp in the South by Ruth Park





8. The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay





7. My Brother Jack by George Johnston





6. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas





5. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin





4. Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner





3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak





2. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay





1. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Do you agree? What’s missing from this list? What was the last Australian novel you read and which is your all-time favourite?

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