Visiting authors top reads

Some of our visiting authors have provided their top reads.

Moreland author: Roger Averill’s top reads

Local author - Roger Averill

  • Visitants by Randolph Stow

  • Rock Springs by Richard Ford

  • The poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

  • The art of the engine driver by Steven Carroll

  • Collected essays by George Orwell

Romance author: Ally Blake’s top reads

Author - Ally Blake

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

  • The prince in waiting by John Christopher

  • The princess bride by William Goldman

  • HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean

  • Confessions of a shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Moreland author: Clare Boyd-Macrae’s top reads

Author - Clare Boyd-Mcrae

  • The feel of steel by Helen Garner

  • The secret river by Kate Grenville

  • His dark materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

  • The poisonwood bible by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Any detective fiction by Elizabeth George

Author: Simon Capp’s top reads

Author - Simon Capp

  • Extra virgin by Annie Hawes

  • Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance by Barack Obama

  • Jackson’s Track: memoir of a dreamtime place by Carolyn Landon and Daryl Tonkin

  • Futebol: the Brazilian way of life by Alex Bellos

  • Dave Barry does Japan by Dave Barry

Moreland author and comedian: Catherine Deveny’s top reads

Author - Catherine Deveny

  • The God delusion by Richard Dawkins

  • Magical thinking: true stories by Augusten Burroughs

  • The drama of being a child by Alice Miller

  • When you are engulfed in flames by David Sedaris

  • God is not great: how religion poisons everything by Christopher Hitchens

Author: Susanna de Vries’ top reads


  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

  • Georgette Heyer's Regency world by Jennifer Kloester

  • Fortune's daughters: the extravagant lives of the Jerome sisters: Jennnie Churchill, Clara Frewin and Leonie Leslie by Elisabeth Kehoe

  • The Villa Diana: travels in post-war Italy by Alan Moorehead

  • The Duchess: Georgiana: the Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

Author: Mem Fox’s top reads


  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte

  • A farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway

  • Schindler’s ark by Thomas Keneally

  • A suitable boy by Vikram Seth

  • Oranges are not the only fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Author: Archimede Fusillo’s top reads


  • Kill the possum by James Moloney

  • M by Peter Robb

  • The secret supper by Javier Sierra

  • Caravaggio: a novel by Christopher Peachment

  • Life is so good by George Dawson with Richard Glaubman

Author: Diana Georgeff’s top reads


  • Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano

  • Landscape of farewell by Alex Miller

  • Two lives: Gertrude and Alice by Janet Malcolm

  • A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

  • The road by Cormac McCarthy

Author: Madeleine Hamilton’s top reads


  • Isobel on the way to the corner shop by Amy Witting

  • The children's Bach by Helen Garner

  • The delinquents by Criena Rohan

  • To the Is-land by Janet Frame

  • A woman in Berlin: diary 20 April 1945 - 22 June 1945 [Anonymous]

Author: Michael Harden’s top reads

  • AUTHOR - MICHAEL HARDENThe slap by Christos Tsiolkas

  • The dog of the marriage: the collected stories by Amy Hempel

  • The architecture of happiness by Alain De Botton

  • Out stealing horses by Per Petterson

  • Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami

Author: Narrelle Harris’s top reads


  • Snake agent by Liz Williams

  • Redback by Lindy Cameron

  • Good omens: the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

  • The code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse

Author: Kate Holden’s top reads


  • Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

  • Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger

  • The dark is rising sequence by Susan Cooper

  • The wasteland by TS Eliot

  • Anything by Jan Morris

Actor and author: William McInnes’ top reads


  • Hunting the wild pineapple by Thea Astley

  • Watcher on the cast-iron balcony by Hal Porter

  • Fly away Peter by David Malouf

  • My brilliant career by Miles Franklin

Author Joel Magarey's top reads

Joel Magarey

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  • A heartbreaking work of staggering genius by Dave Eggers

  • In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

  • An instant in the wind by Andre Brink

  • The worst journey in the world by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Historian and biographer: Ross McMullin’s top reads


  • Any of Shane Maloney’s books

  • As It Happened by John Button

  • The Broken Years by Bill Gammage

  • Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

  • John Monash by Geoff Serle

Moreland author: Joan Nestle’s top reads


  • Carpentaria by Alexis Wright

  • Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

  • The tree of man by Patrick White

  • To the lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

  • Wild card: an autobiography, 1923-1958 by Dorothy Hewett

  • The narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave by Frederick Douglass

  • Unfortunately, it was paradise by Mahmoud Darwish

Author: Charmaine O’Brien’s top reads


  • Food in history by Reay Tannahill

  • The famous five series by Enid Blyton

  • A taste of India by Madhur Jaffrey

  • My brother Jack by George Johnston

  • The Alice B. Toklas cookbook by Alice B. Toklas

Author: Judith Pugh’s top reads


  • Mr Felton's bequests by John Poynter

  • Carry me down by M.J. Hyland

  • Any book by: Rumer Godden, W. H. Auden, Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway, A. N. Wilson, Jonathan Franzen or Ann Patchett

Author: Leanne Robinson’s top reads


  • Autobiography of red: a novel in verse by Anne Carson

  • Remembering Babylon by David Malouf

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

  • The cinnamon peeler by Michael Ondaatje

  • Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

  • The passion by Jeanette Winterson

Author and comedian: Denise Scott’s top reads


  • The stone diaries by Carol Shields

  • Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac

  • Middlemarch by George Eliot

  • Scenes from a revolution: the birth of the new Hollywood by Mark Harris

  • Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Actor and audio book narrator: David Tredinnick’s top reads


  • Shadowboxing by Tony Birch

  • Silences long gone by Anson Cameron

  • Pizza features by John Larkin

  • Black water by David Metzenthen

  • Going home by Archie Weller

Author: Lili Wilkinson’s top reads


  • Y the last man (graphic novel series) by Brian K. Vaughan

  • Buddha (graphic novel series) by Osamu Tezuka

  • Town by James Roy

  • Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne-Jones

  • Love that dog by Sharon Creech

  • The last Samurai by Helen Dewitt

  • The indigo girls by Penni Russon

Author Vivienne Ulman’s top reads

Author - Vivienne Ulman

  • Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow

  • Drown by Junot Diaz

  • The poisonwood bible by Barbara Kingsolver

  • The corrections by Jonathan Franzen

  • The thousand acres by Jane Smiley

Author: Arnold Zable’s top reads

  • AUTHOR - ARNOLD ZABLEThe white tiger by Aravind Adiga

  • Unaccustomed earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Wanting by Richard Flanagan

  • Vertigo: a pastoral by Amanda Lohrey

  • Istanbul: memories of a city by Orhan Pamuk