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“5 Australian Novels that should be read atleast once in a lifetime”

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Australia is a country that has excelled big time in almost every aspect of life. Whether its entertainment, sports, science, arts or technology, you name it and they have it. But I guess many of you might not know that Australia has also excelled big time in the world of literature as well. Australia has produced many award winning writers, poets and novelists. As now it’s almost summers in Pakistan and many students recently got done with their exams and now are looking for some pastime activities to kill their newly found excess free time. So let me take you all to an intellectual yet colorful trip to the literary world ofAustralia.


One thing that’s similar about most of the Aussie writers is that they do compliment their homeland’s scenic beauty and lush valleys as often as they can. Some of the well-known authors from Australia include the award winning author Peter Carey, J.M Coetzee*, David Malouf, Shirley Hazzard and many others.

Being a die-hard fan of literature I fell in love with some of the most heart touching Australian novels. These novels will leave you spell bounded and once you start reading them I know you’ll find it hard to put them down.

So following are some of the novels that I believe should be read at least once in your lifetime :

1.      After The Fall by Kylie Ladd :

“After The Fall” is about two happily married couples: Kate and Cary, Luke and Cressida. These four individuals meet accidentally and become friends. Everything between them was going hunky dory and the married couples were enjoying their time together but suddenly Luke and Kate discovers that there’s a magnetic force that is bringing them closer despite both being married. That magnetic force turns into love, and then becomes an affair to remember. The affair shattered the lives of these four individuals and now nothing in their lives will remain same ever again.

The Sydney Morning Herald has called the novel “A subtle, moving and perceptive story of love, loss and hope.’


2.      Disco Boy by Dominic Knight :

 Disco Boy revolves around the life of Paul, a law graduate and working as a DJ. Paul is habitual of making fun of his own life with his friends and family members. The novel tells you how it’s easier to joke about yourself and calling yourself as a failure than actually getting to work. The readers can actually identify with the character of Paul who finds it easier to waste his time than actually getting back to work and doing the things that he’s been delaying for so long. An aspiring musician who can’t find the time to write that hit song he’s been planning to write since ages and to confess his love to his best friend’s girlfriend , there are lots of things that Paul is planning to do it but usually procrastination gets the better out of it. This book will definitely going to give its readers that “been there, done that” feeling. Read the book if you wanna relive your life as a young adult!.


3.      The Spare Room by Helen Garner :

 Helen had no idea that her life is about to change for good just by offering a spare room to an old friend. Helen’s fifteen year old friend Nicola has arrived in her city for the treatment of a disease that she has been suffering from. The disease turned out to be none other than cancer. Now Nicola is determined to cure her disease in her own way although Helen has other plans for her but Nicola isn’t listening to her. Nicola’s battle with cancer not only changes her life forever but also the lives of those who are around her.


4.      The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead :

The Man Who Loved Children is known as a contemporary classic of Australian and international literary world. The novel is about family life. The novel revolves around the lives of Sam and Henny Pollit who shares a love and hate relationship. Their problem is they have too many children and too little money to support them. The novel is a book of relations, love and hope. It tells you how parents fulfill the needs of their children no matter what the circumstances are.


5.      Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner:

 Seven Little Australians is the story of Captain Woolcot and his seven children. All of them are completely different from one another. They light up Mr Woolcot’s every single day. But most of the times they get out of control and drive Captain Woolcot crazy. Seven Little Australians is about Mr. Woolcot and his seven children’s small world which is full of happiness, laughters, tears and infinite love.


Anita Burgh once said in one of her novels that Australia is one of those countries that need to be visited at least once in your lifetime.  If you plan to visit Australia for higher education or for permanent migration so do contact AINiT Consultancy Services. AINiT CS is a registered and certified organization with the government of Australia and has sent over 700 students and professionals to Australia so far.


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Written by Danish Maqsood

Published by AINiT’s Editorial Team


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