New Oz writing: for the Santa sack

Each year, I go to the bookstore during the Christmas rush and get overwhelmed. Then I head for the first table I see and buy the same names I did last year as gifts. But Tim Winton, Alex Miller, Bill Bryson, Jamie Oliver don’t need me any more.

I asked some Oz writers about their favourite Oz reads from the past year. It was an impressive list. I’d like to share it with you, in the hope you’ll share it widely too. All these women writers have achieved remarkable things: to get published in the first place (it’s never been tougher); and to support each other and gain inspiration from reading other women’s work.

I’d love to hear if you’ve read these books. If you’ve written reviews of them, or interviewed the authors, I’d be happy to feature your words on the Wild Colonial Girl blog. I’m time-strapped (with the PhD reading and writing) but I’m hoping to get to some of them too…


Kirsten Krauth's list of top Oz writing 2015


  1. Denise Boseley December 12, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Hi Kirsten, I have recxently re-read just-a-girl which I enjoyed immensely again. The best in new oz writing came at the right time, as I am about to shop for books for friends next week. Thank you. Denise B.

    1. Kirsten Krauth - Site Author December 12, 2015 at 4:20 am

      Oh fantastic, maybe show the list to the bookseller and see what they recommend from it! Would be an interesting exercise to see what they have in stock. Anyway, lucky friends! And thanks re just_a_girl!

  2. Julianne Negri December 12, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Hi Kirsten! I read, loved and reviewed the following: Hope Farm by Peggy Frew
    the Secret Son by Jenny Ackland
    And the Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists
    I adore the worlds Jane Rawson’s brain conjures up.
    I also found Stephanie Bishop’s “The Other Side of the World” devastating and affecting.
    Great list!

    1. Kirsten Krauth - Site Author December 15, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Jane Rawson is just an all-round cool chick. Her nonfiction is excellent too. I hope to check out all these books one day but in the meantime I’m glad they are being shared around!