2019 Reading Challenge

In 1957, the first winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced: Patrick White, for his novel Voss. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to novels describing life in suburbia, compulsive gamblers, Australians abroad – but always true to the terms of Miles Franklin’s will: ‘[the] prize shall be awarded for the Novel for the year which is of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian Life in any of its phases …’.This year I have decided to reduce the number of books on my challenge and instead of 104 my challenge is 80.  For part of my challenge I would like to read as many books as I can from the previous winners of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

I have read a few of them already but I will now endeavour to read some of the remaining books on the list.  Those I have read are:

All that I am by Anna Funder, Truth by Peter Temple,The ballad of Desmond Kale by Roger Mcdonald, Dark Palace by Frank Moorhouse, Jack Maggs by Peter Carey, The Well by Elizabeth Jolley, Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, Bring Larks and Heroes by Thomas KeneallyThere are 47 books on the list so I still have a few I can choose from.  I think I will start with Voss by Patrick White as I have a copy here at home.

Books read 2019


A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

I’ll Keep you Safe by Peter May

Want you Dead by Peter James

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson . . . .  2017 Miles Franklin Award Winner

At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen

The Ludlow Ladies Society by Anne O’Loughlin


The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Voss by Patrick White . . . . .1957 Miles Franklin Award Winner

The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna . . . . 2015 Miles Franklin Award Winner

Hotel du Barry by Lesley Truffle

The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh

Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Trash by Andy Mulligan (read so I can discuss with my grandson his Year 7 novel)

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris

The White Earth by Andrew McGahan . . . .2005 Miles Franklin Award Winner


Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

It is December 2019 and I have just discovered that all my previous links from March onwards have disappeared since I last looked at this page.  I will endeavour to rewrite the missing links.

Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak

Dark Suits and Sad Songs by Denzil Meyrick

61 Hours by Lee Child

The Great White Palace by Tony Porter

Illegal Action by Stella Rimington

The Shadow of the wing by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

Unfettered and Alive by Anne Summers


Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

The single ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell

A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski

Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson 1978 Miles Franklin winner

Try Not To Breathe  by Holly Seddon

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld. . .Miles Franklin Winner 2014

The Return of the Dancing master by Henning Mankell


The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

A Dark so Deadly by Stuart MacBride

Wake Up: the nine hashtags of digital disruption by David Fagan

Screen Schooled by Joe Clement and Matt Miles

Blood, Salt, Water by Denise Mina

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

The Scent of You by Maggie Alderson

When All is Said by Anne Griffin

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


The Time We Have Taken by Steve Carroll . . .Miles Franklin winner 2008

Bye Bye Baby by Fiona MacIntosh

Beautiful Death by Fiona MacIntosh

A Song for the Dying by Stuart MacBride


The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

The Art of Discarding: How to get rid of clutter and find joy by Nagisa Tatsumi

Career of evil by Robert Galbraith

Dead I Well May Be by Adrian McKinty

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Best before: The Evolution and Future of Processed Food by Nicola Temple


The Tea gardens by Fiona McIntosh

Nightingale by Fiona McIntosh

Ladies in Black by Madeleine St John

Down Cemetery Road by Mick Herron

London Rules by Mick Herron

A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentil


Give the Devil His Due by Sulari Gentil

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Persuader by Lee Child

The Moscow Sleepers by Stella Rimington

Warlight by Micharl Ondaatje


Coco’s Secret by Niamh Greene

The Heart of the Ritz by Luke Devenish

The Great World by David Malouf  1990 Miles Franklin winner

Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham

Devil’s Lair by Sarah Barrie

Extraordinary People by Peter May

The Critic by Peter May

Blacklight Blue by Peter May


The Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen

How the Dead Speak by Val McDermid

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier


The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith

Dirt Music by Tim Winton …Miles Franklin Winner 2002

That Deadman Dance . . Miles Franklin Winner 2011