Australian Literature

AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE….The Australian Society of Authors asked its members to list their favorite Australian books and Tim Dunlop has the list on his site. I haven’t heard of a single one of them. Nor have I heard of a single one of the authors.

I’m trying to figure out if I think this is surprising or not. Is American taste in books really so provincial? After all, they are written in English, and a good book is a good book. But I have to assume that their publishers would promote them heavily over here if there was any chance of gaining a large audience.

Of course, I guess it’s possible that these books are all pretty well known to literate Americans and I’m just a philistine. But that’s an even more dismal thought, so I think I’ll stick to my first explanation.

Still a bit of a puzzle, though.

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