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Australian memoirs, essay collections, literary investigative journalism, food, travel and true crime books occupy increasing shelf space in our bookshops and appear on our bestseller lists and, occasionally, on international ones, too.
Many Australian magazines—notably Griffith Review and The Monthly—regularly feature excellent creative nonfiction pieces. What follows here is a non-exhaustive list of some of our most respected and widely read writers, who have made their marks on the literary scene and whose works have influenced and, at times, spurred public debate.
I have divided the list according to what I see as three generations in the development of Australian creative nonfiction.
Their works arguably inspired the next generation of writers: Since its first appearance, Unreliable Memoirs has been reprinted over times in Australia and abroad, and was excerpted in The New Oxford Book of English Prose, James has also published many essay collections.
One of the most interesting of these is Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Artsin which James discusses, in his usual sparkling prose, the impact of 20th-century thinkers, artists, and leaders—of his eclectic and, at times, whimsical choice—on the world and on him.
James has received many awards for his work and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in and Commander of the Order of the British Empire in Throughout her writing career, Davidson has explored nomadism across various cultures.
In her seminal Trackswhich describes her nine-month-long solo desert trek with four camels and a dog, Davidson argues that nomadism is also an emotional phenomenon. Tracks, a poetic love story between a woman and a landscape, has become a cult-classic in Australia and abroad, winning several international awards.
In the early s, Davidson journeyed along with Rabari, Indian nomads, and described that experience in Desert Places There, Davidson argued that nomadic cultures have valuable lessons to offer us, particularly in the face of the current environmental crisis.
Davidson has won acclaim not only for her adventures and activism, but also for her writing style. She moves effortlessly between the personal and political, the argumentative and lyrical.
Her prose is rich, meditative, a little slangy, and playfully self-deprecating. He is also featured as one of six Literary Australian Legends in a series of postage stamps.
His subjects range from the Australian Republican Movement Keneally is its founding chairman to Aboriginal history to the American Civil War to the history of world famines. Keneally is also the author of several memoirs.
Veterans Helen Garner Helen Garner, one of our living classical authors, is a fiction writer, essayist, and journalist. She is—dare I say—the Australian Joan Didion. Her best-selling, multi-awarded books have made a significant impact on the Australian literary community and general public. In it, Garner investigated a sexual scandal at a well-known college in Melbourne, siding with the alleged perpetrator, the college Master.
This book, too, provoked much discussion, particularly about contemporary justice processes. Raimond Gaita Raimond Gaita is an award-winning philosopher, memoirist, and essayist. Romulus, My Father became a bestseller in Australia and abroad, and has been a required text in many schools.
The New Statesman London nominated the book as one of the best books ofand The Australian Financial Review named it one of the 10 best books of the decade.
It was later made into an award-winning film of the same title. The memoir was followed by a collection of personal essays, After Romulusin which Gaita reflects on the writing of Romulus, My Father and expands on the philosophical lessons from his childhood.
Gaita, a prominent public intellectual, is also known for philosophy books and for his essays that explore questions of collective responsibility, reconciliation, multiculturalism, and the role of universities in public life, amongst many other issues.
Robert Drewe In his internationally best-selling and award-winning memoir The Shark NetRobert Drewe, a fiction writer, journalist, and memoirist, did for the Western Australian landscape what Gaita did for Central Victoria.
Drewe mythologizes Australia as a country abundant with beauty but also with natural perils—sharks, snakes and poisonous fish, as well as human perils—by telling the story of one of the most deadly Australian serial killers, the second to last person to be executed in this country.
The writing is rich in detail about the natural world and has a shamanic, chantlike rhythm. The book was later adapted into an international television mini-series and a BBC radio drama. A winner of two Walkley Awards for Journalism in andDrewe is also known for his personal columns and literary criticism.
He edited The Best Australian Essays in The book is written in the tradition of In Cold Blood: Stasiland has been translated into 16 languages and published in 20 countries.
The book is on school and university lists in Australia, the U.
Her memoir In My Skinwhich recounts her experiences working as a prostitute and overcoming heroin addiction, is an international bestseller and was shortlisted for various awards and included in the Books Alive Great Read campaign in Australia.Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, Find a home for your work by consulting our searchable databases of writing contests, literary magazines, small presses, literary agents, and more.
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