I’m signing up for the 2013 Australian Women Writers Challenge, which supports and promotes books by Australian women. There are various levels for the challenge, and you can participate as a reader/reviewer, or just as a reader. I’ve opted for the ‘Franklin’ level, with a target of reading at least 10 books by Australian women during the year and reviewing at least six.
I didn’t participate formally in the 2012 challenge, but here are some of the books by Australian women writers that I read in 2012 (* indicates reviewed for The West Australian). Each one gave me something to think about—and taught me something about writing.
A Common Loss by Kirsten Tranter
A Dissection of Murder by Felicity Young
All that I Am by Anna Funder
An Unknown Sky by Susan Midalia
Animal People by Charlotte Wood
Black Cow by Magdalena Ball
Black Jack Anderson by Elaine Forrestal
Creepy & Maud by Dianne Touchell
Five Bells by Gail Jones
Forecast: Turbulence by Janette Turner-Hospital
If I Should Lose You by Natasha Lester
Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy
Losing It by Julia Lawrinson*
Shallow Breath by Sara Foster
Tarcutta Wake by Josephine Rowe*
The Bookshop on Jacaranda Street by Marlish Glorie
Whisky Charlie Foxtrot by Annabel Smith
I suppose I could also describe Whisky Charlie Foxtrot as ‘reviewed’, as I wrote the back-cover endorsement to this fabulous novel.
I look forward to all this new year will bring from Australian women writers.