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Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop

The good folk at Book’d Out and Confessions from Romaholics have initiated a very cool idea for this Australia Day. In a nutshell, Australian book bloggers (and authors, booksellers and publishers) sign up to be part of a blog hop – all with the intentions of drawing attention to Australian authors, new and old. We are also encouraged to host a giveaway as well – a book from an Australian author.


To this end, I have chosen a hardcover copy of ‘Sarah Thornhill’ by Kate Grenville.

To be in the running to win this excellent book, all you have to do is leave a comment below and tell us who your favourite author is. You can also leave a comment on our Facebook page or send us your answer on Twitter @areadersheaven



Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville

Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville

When The Secret River – a novel about frontier violence in early Australia – appeared in 2005, it became an immediate best-seller.  It also caused controversy for its frank depiction of Australia’s past.  The follow-up novel, The Lieutenant,  continued Grenville’s exploration of first contact between white and black – in sunlight rather than shadow this time. Now Sarah Thornhill extends the story into the next generation.
Sarah is born in 1816, her father an ex-convict who’s made good in the new colony of Australia. Three hundred acres, a fine stone house, the money rolling in – William Thornhill is a man who’s re-invented himself. As he tells his daughter, he never looks back, and Sarah grows up learning not to ask about the past.
Her stepmother calls her wilful, but handsome Jack Langland loves Sarah and she loves him. Me and Jack, she thinks, what could go wrong?
But there’s a secret in the Thornhill family. It comes out, as secrets will, and draws everything into its tangles.  It casts a long chill shadow over life in the Hawkesbury valley.
That secret propels Sarah backwards, into the darkness of her family’s past. And it propels her forwards, into a future very different from the one she’d imagined for herself. She travels across the ocean to the wild coasts of New Zealand, and among the strangers of that other place she sees the way things truly are.
Sarah Thornhill is set in the past, but it’s as much about today as about yesterday. It’s about the dark legacies hidden in families, about love and unlooked-for happiness, and about keeping stories alive.
Along with The Secret River and The Lieutenant, this novel forms the third book in  Kate Grenville’s “Colonial Trilogy”. The Lieutenant tells the story of the first generation of Europeans in Australia, when conversation between black and white was still possible. The Secret River is about the next generation, when that conversation was closed down by violence. Sarah Thornhill is about the third generation, the ones who have to deal with what the past has created, and have the responsibility to tell its story.

78 thoughts on “Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop

  1. My favourite australian author would have to be Tansy Rayner Roberts. I love how her books seem almost like historical fiction – yet the fantasy reassures you that we’re all safe from what happens within her novels!

    • Debbie, I have to admit I have only ever read one Peter Carey book – no, not Oscar and Lucinda – which was My Life as a Fake. It was interesting enough but failed to grab me completely. Can you recommend one that you absolutely love?

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  3. That is an incredibly hard question to answer, but I love Helene Young’s work. I’ve read all 3 of hers and am anxiously awaiting the next one:) Have a great Aust Day weekend:)

  4. its really hard to pick one favourtie australian author but i think the one i have liked the longest would be Ruth Park, I read the Harp in the South Trilogy every year at school

  5. Thanks, Readers Heaven, for a chance to win a great book and celebrate Australia Day with you. My favorite author? Ever? I’ll keep it Australian… Morris West. All the best, Joe Jeney

  6. Favourite Aussie author – so tough to pick just one. I am partial to Belinda Alexandra, Sarah Mayberry, Kelly Hunter, Kate Morton. I could just go on and on and on!

  7. Hi and thanks for the book giveaway. My favourite author ….hmmmm……there are so many. Just a couple I like are Harper Lee and Janet Evanovich. Aussie authors Joan Lindsay and Kate Morton is now on my likers list after recently reading ‘The Secret Keeper’. Happy Australia day

    • Ann-Marie, Kate Morton has been very popular (no surprise she was number one in Booktopia’s recent ‘Best Asutralian Author’ survey). Joan Lindsay also wrote one of the most enthralling Australian novels I have ever read. Thanks for your addition!

  8. I love Brian Caswell’s work, though he seems to be writing less recently – a pity! The other author I read a lot of is Kerry Greenwood – her Corinna Chapman books are my comfort reading when I’m tired or sick. No real effort to read, and her picture of Melbourne makes me smile.

    • I will have to admit that I haven’t read Brian Caswell – I can see the shocked look on your face right now 🙂 Kerry Greenwood, on the other hand, I have read quite a lot. Thanks for the new author to check out!

  9. I work with children so I must put Mem Fox into the ring. Her picture books are just splendid. Definitely a great favourite.

  10. I absoutely love Maureen McCarthy’s books. I think he novel “When You Wake and Find Me Gone” is the novel that really started off my obession and love affair with reading. Its the first book that comes to mind each and everytime someone asks me what books I love 🙂

  11. Thanks so much for the giveaway, this looks really good! My fave Aussie author is definitely Kate Morton, but I also really love Karen Marie Moning, Richelle Mead and Kelley Armstrong.


  12. One of my favorite author is Kristin Hannah. Di Morrissey is my favorite Australian authors. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway.

  13. I like Jane Austen’s books. Haven’t read any Australian authors yet.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Thank you very much! I`m in love with this giveaway! 🙂 I`m from Europe and I`m non-native English speaker; there is not a very big choice of books in English here (except online shops) and they`re usually from American and British writers so this is a very beautiful opportunity to get to know the Australian writers 🙂
    I recently won a book Shine Light by Marianne de Pierres who is also an Australian writer but haven`t read it yet since it is the 3rd book in the series!


  15. Wow!! This book sounds really great. I would love to win it. I hope this giveaway open for international reader also.

    Thank u for this giveaway and Happy Australia Day 🙂

  16. My favourite Australian Author is Kate Morton. Forgotten Garden and all of her books are just filled with intriguing characters,beautiful settings, and such luscious, beautifully articulate sentences. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

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  18. Hard to pick just one. Love Geraldine Brooks,Liz Byrski, and loved ML Stedman The Light between Oceans plus Unforgivable the latest from Sharon Robards. Have to say to date I have not read any of Kate Grenville.

  19. One favourite author! What a terrible question. Since it’s Australia Day: Peter Carey, Ruth Park, Margo Lanagan, Ursula Dubosarsky – that’s as close as I can get to one!

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