Some of you who have been following my blog for a while probably know just how passionate I am about Australian writers, women writers in particular. We have such an amazing wealth of fantastic writers at our disposal and I am all for promoting and supporting our local talent. 2017 was a big year for me for reading, I surpassed my expectations and read a total of 154 books across the year. I was delighted to calculate that of those 154 books I read 50 alone were written by Australian women writers, almost one third of my total reads for the year.
For this reason I was particularly honoured to be asked to be a Stella Sparks advocate for this year. For those of you who don’t know The Stella Prize is Australia’s major literary prize for women writers and is named after one of our most iconic writers Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. Fun fact: another of our major literary prizes is also named after her, The Miles Franklin Award. I have read the past three winners and more than a few of others that have been short and long listed.
As part of being Stella Sparks advocate I was asked to share with you all my favourite book written by an Australian women writer that I read in 2017. With fifty books read in 2017 by Australian women, how am I to choose just one? The quality is exemplary and it is going to be a difficult choice. Check back in a few days for my big reveal. For now I ask you this: what was your favourite read by an Australian woman in 2017? For those of you who regularly follow my blog, who do you think I will choose? See below for most of these amazing books that made up my 2017 Aussie women reading list.