This represents the last post for Australian Literature Month — and what a month it's been. I don't know about you, but I've read some amazing books — new and old — and very much enjoyed sharing my thoughts about them with you all here.
The books reviewed this week
In an attempt to wrap up the final 9 days of Australian Literature Month I managed to squeeze in three reviews this week — Wayne Macauley's The Cook, Martin Boyd's The Cardboard Crown and Courtney Collins' The Burial. These books represent the diversity of Australian fiction — one satire, one classic and one "western". Unfortunately, I just haven't had time to review Michelle de Krester's Questions of Travel (I plan on doing that in a week or two), otherwise I could have included one incredibly ambitious "wide-screen" contemporary novel into the mix.
And elsewhere I've been delighted to see so many other Australian books being reviewed around the blogosphere. It's heartening to see so many people enjoying OzLit and spreading the word by writing reviews online. This is a terrific way to let other people know about the range and scope of Australian fiction out there and might just encourage others who have never read an Australian novel to give one (or more!) a go.
I am going to keep the links open until the end of this week, so if you haven't yet reviewed a book by an Australian writer here's your chance to do so. I'll tally up the number posted by end of play on May 4. At the time of writing there were 56 reviews, which means I will donate £23 to the ILF. Can we make it 100 reviews — and £50?
How you can continue to support Australian literature
Just because Australian Literature Month has drawn to a close doesn't mean you have to stop reading books by Australian writers. To keep in touch with Australian literature, can I suggest the following links:
- The Book Club (originally known as The First Tuesday Book Club)
Finally, thank you for all your support over the past month. I hope you've enjoyed it and perhaps discovered some new authors and titles to add to your reading lists. It's been a blast, but if things are a little quiet around here over the next few weeks, please don't worry — I'll be taking some time out to rest and recuperate before returning to my usual schedule in mid-May.