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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