Being a member of a worldwide book club and all has its perks. One of the myriad privileges I’ve come to have is the daily influx of constant and multiple opportunities to read free or discounted books from various readers all over our planet.

However, making a decisive move to go local for a change is definitely another way to go. I could consider myself lucky because I was able to unearth some great finds along the way. Note that you could also have the opportunity to read the book for free through Kindle Unlimited or for reasonable prices via Amazon too just as I had.

Here is my quick run-through of the list of quality books from Australian authors that I’ve read so far.

A Coming-of-Age Historical Story

River Kids: Growing Up After World War II

River Kids: Growing Up After World War II by Jennie Linnane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How was life after the war? It should be relatively quiet, right? Yet, how could one grow up and breeze through life with up to nearly a dozen siblings? How was Aussie life then?

This pseudo-fictional piece may not be spine-tingling or nerve-wracking for other genre’s fans, and yet it’s a historical coming-of-age story that’s exquisitely and vividly written to near perfection.

Check out the full version of my review on the Amazon Australia website.

A sweet one

Catching Onix

Catching Onix by Renee Conoulty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grace is the typical mum – overprotective at times and yet supportive of what’s really best at all times. Yet, would his focus and persistence to reach his game goals really pay off? What is there to find?

This piece is a short read yet nice and sweet, nonetheless.

Here’s the link to my Amazon review for this one.

A War-time Aussie Tale that has not Gone Bad

The Warramunga's War

The Warramunga’s War by Greg Kater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second in a series of books written by Australian authors that I planned for 2019. I wasn’t intentionally looking for a historical piece and this book’s title wasn’t my idea of a recreational read even if I used to be a naval officer in my past life. Should I find a lot to complain about? My numerical rating for it should be a tell-all, but here’s the link to the a lengthier version of my review on the Amazon Australia website.

It’s a matter of perspective.

Behind the Barbed Wire Fence

Behind the Barbed Wire Fence by Jennie Linnane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What does this book’s title make you think of? What scenarios could you picture out? Would you feel protected or, instead, be warier? If I tell you that the story occurred at a time when another world war had been brewing, what would be your reaction?

For Lucy, it was definitely a far cry if not the total opposite of the beachside life and living she used to have. How would she cope? Is there hope for her?

This second Jennie Linnane Aussie novel is a quick read but exudes the same subdued yet still brilliant play of words and storytelling I’ve now known her for.

This review also appears on other sites including Amazon.

There’s more!

My list shouldn’t end here, definitely. Looking at my reading list so far, it’ll just keep growing and going. And, yes! I’d be keeping you posted the soonest I can, too.

How about you? Have you got a book you’d like to share as well?

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By Esperanza Pretila

I am a certified HR professional, founder of award-winning micro businesses, lady cavalier, book reviewer, blogger, sports dummy, music fan, former phone photographer, beloved daughter, proud mum of 3 wonder boys, loyal wifey to an awesome hubby, life traveler, and believer.

One thought on “4 Noteworthy Shelf-filling Aussie Books”
  1. All of them, except for “The Warramunga’s War” catch my attention. I’ve read other books by Jennie Linnane and her talent with words is amazing. But the one that captured my attention the most was “Catching Onix” because sometimes the stories that appear to be the most ordinary are the most fascinating ones. I also love the idea of having posts devoted to different countries, since so many of them have English writers. It’s a lovely way to celebrate cultural diversity.

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