Books about #ModernAustralia

As always, in the lead-up to Invasion Day, I’ve been revisiting the books I could recommend that provide a better reflection of life in modern Australia (by which I mean the last 20 years).

Thanks to the input of some amazing pals, here’s what we’ve come up with so far… [last updated January 2021]. Please feel free to add your own.

Children’s Books

YA Fiction

Adult Fiction



Not-so-modern books (set in the 90’s or earlier)

  • FICTION: Blood by Tony Birch
  • FICTION: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
  • FICTION: Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
  • FICTION: Goodwood by Holly Throsby (recommended by Ayan)
  • FICTION: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  • FICTION: Murray Whelan series by Shane Maloney (recommended by Jacquie)
  • FICTION: My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  • FICTION: Rowland Sinclair series by Sulari Gentil (recommended by Jacquie)
  • FICTION: The Battlers by Kylie Tennant (recommended by Shauna)
  • FICTION: The Light between Oceans by ML Stedman (recommended by Shauna)
  • FICTION: The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (recommended by Harriet)
  • FICTION: True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  • FICTION (or is it?): Monkey Grip by Helen Garner
  • FICTION: You Belong Here by Laurie Steed
  • NON-FICTION: 1956 the year Australia welcomed the world by Nick Richardson
  • NON-FICTION: A Fortunate Life by AB Facey
  • NON-FICTION: A Secret Country by John Pilger
  • NON-FICTION: Girt and True Girt by David Hunt (recommended by Shauna)
  • NON-FICTION: My Place by Sally Morgan
  • NON-FICTION: Tracks by Robyn Davidson
  • NON-FICTION: Wanamurraganya : the story of Jack McPhee by Sally Morgan
  • POETRY: Sometimes Gladness by Bruce Dawe (recommended by Shauna)
  • POETRY: The Silo by John Kinsella (recommended by Shauna)

Any others?

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Arts, Cultural & Non-Profit Consultant. Reader. Writer (Our Hybrid Future, The Relationship is the Project). Researching the art of arts governance.