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Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Oceania Challenge" were written by authors from Australia. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

The Chemistry of Tears

The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey EN

Rating: 3     20 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Forced to hide her grief when her married lover dies unexpectedly, museum curator Catherine Gehrig works in solitude to restore a 19th-century automaton and finds comfort in the journals of its adventurous commissioner. By the two-time Man Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda. 50,000 first printing.
Recommended: 11 May 2023


The Dry : A Novel by Jane Harper EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING ERIC BANA AS AARON FALK. The international debut bestseller from the author of Force of Nature and new novel The Survivors. "A breathless pageturner ... A secret on every page" The New York Times "One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... Read it!" David Baldacci "Makes the Australian Outback come alive and breeds respect for its survivors" Bill Clinton WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY? It hasn't rained in Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the farming community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are discovered shot to dea... continue
Recommended: 10 Jun 2022

The Escape Room

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
"One of my favorite books of the year." --Lee Child "Cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you'll be caught in your own escape room--the only key to freedom is turning the last page!" --Kirkus Reviews (starred) "A sleek, well-crafted ride." --The New York Times In Megan Goldin's unforgettable debut, The Escape Room, four young Wall Street rising stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal game of revenge. Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive. In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie,... continue
Recommended: 13 May 2023

The Good People

The Good People by Hannah Kent EN

Rating: 4.5     20 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
County Kerry, Ireland, 1825. Nóra, bereft after the sudden death of her beloved husband, finds herself alone and caring for her young grandson Micheál. Micheál cannot speak and cannot walk and Nóra is desperate to know what is wrong with him. What happened to the healthy, happy grandson she met when her daughter was still alive? Mary arrives in the valley to help Nóra just as the whispers are spreading: the stories of unexplained misfortunes, of illnesses, and the rumours that Micheál is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley
Recommended: 26 May 2023


The Light Between Oceans : A Novel by M.L. Stedman EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
"A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore"--
Recommended: 25 May 2022

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland EN

Rating: 4     6 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Winner of the 2019 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year Award. The international bestseller, now sold to over 24 territories internationally, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart tells the enchanting and compelling story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way that she can break the patterns of the past, live on her own terms and find her own strength. 'Lush, powerful engrossing novel of female survival.' Bookseller + Publisher A young girl loses both her parents in a tragic event, and is taken to live with her grandmother on a flower farm. Growing up, Al... continue
Recommended: 26 Nov 2022

The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight

The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight by Elizabeth Von Arnim EN

Rating: 3.8     4 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
A young lady runs away to England from the 'blatant vulgarity' of her South European palace
Recommended: 21 Jan 2023

The Rain Heron

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Recommended: 27 Dec 2022


The Secret River by Kate Grenville EN

Rating: 4     71 Votes
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
'Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year. After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife Sal and children in tow, he arrives in a harsh land that feels at first like a de...


The Strays by Emily Bitto EN

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Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
In The Strays, Evan Trentham is the wild child of the Melbourne art world of the 1930s. He and his captivating wife, Helena, attempt to carve out their own small niche, to escape the stifling conservatism they see around them, by gathering together other like-minded artists. They create a utopian circle within their family home, offering these young artists a place to live and work, and the mixed benefits of being associated with the infamous Evan. At the periphery of this circle is Lily Struthers, the best friend of Evan and Helena's daughter Eva. Lily is infatuated by the world she bears wit... continue

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