Aussie Author Month: Modern Girls

If my list of Aussie crime and mystery author’s aren’t your thing, then you might find something in this list of chic lit authors and their books that appeals.

Ilsa Evans writes a variety of books across the spectrum from ‘light fiction’ to gritty contemporary stories. Her ‘Laundry series‘ is a fun read, as is Flying The Coop, while Broken (and its sequel Sticks and Stones) tackle difficult themes.

Liane Moriarty is the author of Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary and the wonderful What Alice Forgot which I reviewed just a week or so ago.

Kathy Lette co-wrote the ultimate Australian coming of age story, Puberty Blues in the 1970’s, pushing the boundaries of YA fiction and giving her cult status. Her adult works are risque romps with titles such as How To Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints), Foetal Attraction and Nip and Tuck. Her brash and sometimes crude sense of humor is not for everyone but she is guaranteed to make me laugh.

Anita Heiss is a rarity as an indigenous woman writing in this genre. She has also written poetry, non fiction and even a children’s book. Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right and Manhattan Dreaming all have protagonists looking for love.

Lisa Heidke has published three novels with protagonists in their late 30’s with family , relationship and career issues. They are fun and lighthearted easy reads, including Lucy Springer Gets Even, Claudia’s Big Break and What Katie Did Next.

Want more?

Wendy Harmer

Allison Rushby

Jessica Adams

Melanie La’Brooy

Fleur McDonald

Fran Cusworth

Bennison O’Reilly

Nick Earls [Lad lit}

We also like to claim authors Maggie Alderson and Liz Byrski as our own but they are actually British born!

Who did I miss?

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Aussie Author Month is also raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Project. You can learn more about this cause HERE and  donate HERE

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Belle
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 16:59:40

    I’m currently reading Not Meeting Mr Right at the moment! Have to admit that it’s a bit slow going for me because the I find the protagonist a bit irritating, but Heiss has a good style. 🙂



  2. Kylie1403
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 19:01:34

    Ahh puberty Blues holds a special place in my heart



  3. Marg
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 19:35:11

    I think I need to read Anita Heiss!



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