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36 REVIEW SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 With Australia Day upon us, BLANCHE CLARK revisits 26 great Australian books that have helped shape and define our nation 1. 1788 By Watkin Tench Watkin Tench was a marine officer with the First Fleet. This is a first-hand account of early settlement in Australia. 2. For the Term of His Natural Life By Marcus Clarke Published in serial form in the Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872, and as a novel in 1874, poet and novelist Marcus Clarkes depiction of convict life is considered a classic. 3. The Man from Snowy River By Banjo Paterson The image of a stockman astride a rearing horse is iconic and stems from this famous poem published in The Bulletin in 1890. 4. Seven Little Australians By Ethel Turner Ethel Turner brings early 19th century Sydney to life in this 1894 novel about the adventures of the Woolcot clan. 5. The Loaded Dog By Henry Lawson First published in 1901, this is an amusing short story about a group of gold miners who come a cropper when their dog thinks that the explosive they are using to catch fish is a toy. 6. My Brother Jack By George Johnston This 1964 tale of two Melbourne brothers, David and Jack Meredith, pits one brothers worldly success against the honesty and hardworking ethic of the other. 7. The Getting of Wisdom By Henry Handel Richardson Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, writing under the pseudonym Henry Handel Richardson, based this 1910 book on her experiences as a boarder at Melbournes Presbyterian Ladies College. 8. The Lucky Country By Donald Horne Hornes reference to the lucky country was ironic, but Australians have embraced the phrase. His 1964 book takes Australian society to task for being unimaginative, provincial and lacking leadership. 9. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie By May Gibbs The gumnut babies first appeared in 1913 and inspired readers to consider the wonders and dangers of the Australian bush with the Banksia Men still haunting many today.. 10. The Young Desire It By Kenneth MacKenzie A 15-year-old faces bullying, loneliness and the attention of one of his WA boarding school masters in this 1937 novel. 11. The Harp in the South By Ruth Park Published in 1948, this novel focuses on the Darcy familys life amid brothels, grog shops and boarding houses in Surry Hills after World War II. 12. I Can Jump Puddles By Alan Marshall Alan Marshalls 1955 inspirational autobiography tells of his determination and courage to overcome crippling poliomyelitis and live a full and active childhood. 13. Voss By Patrick White Based on 19th century explorer Ludwig Leichhardts disappearance in the Outback, this 1957 novel is considered Whites seminal work. 14. Picnic at Hanging Rock By Joan Lindsay This 1967 fictitious tale of three girls and a teacher mysteriously vanishing during a school excursion to Hanging Rock in 1900 is now permanently etched into the Australian psyche. 15. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith By Thomas Keneally Published in 1972, Thomas Keneallys fictionalised account of the 1900 killing spree of Jimmie Governor examines the injustice and racism firing an Aboriginal mans rage. 16. Cloudstreet By Tim Winton Voted Australias favourite novel many times over, this 1991 novel chronicles the lives of two Perth working-class families from 1943 to 1963. 17. The Potato Factory By Bryce Courtenay Bryce Courtenays 1995 novel pits two families against each other in Hobart Towns backstreets. 18. Gallipoli By Les Carlyon This 2001 book captures the tragedy of the Gallipoli cam paign, and examines what has now become our national myth. 19. The Boat By Nam Lee Nam Les family left Vietnam for Australia in 1979, an experience that inspires the first and last stories in this 2008 collection of short stories. 20. The Secret River By Kate Grenville An English convict who settles on the banks of the Hawkesbury River finds himself at odds with the traditional owners in this 2005 novel. 21. That Deadman Dance By Kim Scott This 2010 novel evokes the first encounters between the Noongar people of Western Australia and colonists. 22. The Arrival By Shaun Tan This migrant story, published in 2006, is told as a series of wordless images and explores the human condition through the plight of one man. 23. The Magic Pudding By Norman Lindsay Written in 1918 to settle a dispute with writer Bertram Stevens that children prefer books about food to fairies, The Magic Pudding is as cantankerous as he is wondrous. 24. The Slap By Christos Tsiolkas Middle-class, self-indulgent suburbia goes under the microscope in this 2011 novel. 25. Forgotten War By Henry Reynolds Examining frontier wars between colonists and Aborigines, this 2013 book argues theres no reconciliation without acknowledging the wars. 26. My Brilliant Career By Miles Franklin This 1901 novel about a passionate and rebellious young woman growing up in rural NSW is feted for its feminist thinking. Aussie books you must read 26
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