In 2018 the reading public saw Tim Winton return to the top of his game, but the highlight of the year, of course, for me was the publication of my daughter’s beautiful release ‘Girl Running, Boy Falling’. Stay tuned for more from her in the new year. So best books 2018:-
1. Kate Gordon – Girl Running, Boy Falling
Tim Winton – The Shepherd’s Hut
2. Richard Glover – Flesh Wounds. Hilarious, poignant – it rivals Clive James’ ‘Unreliable Memoirs’.
3. Gregory Day – A Sand Archive. Features love amidst the sand dunes of France and the Great Ocean Road.
4. Alex Miller – Passage of Love. Autobiographical or not, there’s few better than Miller when he’s on song.
5. Roger Averill – Relativity. A son endeavours to escape the shadow of an infamous father. Terrific.
6. Carrie Cox – Afternoons with Harvey Beams. Have we the new Nick Earls?
7. Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine. Perfectly fine she isn’t, at least to start with. A great journey.
8. Holly Throsby – Cedar Valley. A sophomore novel every bit as good as the debut.
9. Gabby Stroud – Teacher. What a farce is NAPLAN!
10. Bob Murphy – Leather Soul. Tall tales and true of AFL from a footy icon who can actually write.
The Best of the Rest – Tex Perkins – Tex, Joanna Trollope – An Unsuitable Match, Colin Melloy – Wildwood, Martin Flanagan – A Wink from the Universe, Gayle Foreman – I Have Lost My Way, William McInnes – Fatherhood, Susan Midalia – The Art of Persuasion, Steven Herrick – The Bogan Mondrian, Julie Murphy – Puddin’, Josephine Wilson – Extinctions, Michael Robotham – The Other Wife,