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Top 5 – 2017


Top FiveSo many great books this year (see also Top 5 Crime, Science Fiction and Fantasy).


This is an all Australian Top 5 fiction for 2017 (in no particular order and with four international honourable mentions).



On the Jave Ridge by Jock SerongJock Serong’s On The Java Ridge moved away from crime and created a humanist thriller out of Australia’s border protection policies.








The Restorer by Michael SalaMichael Sala’s The Restorer centred on a family trying to put a violent past behind them in 1980s Newcastle.








Wimmera by Mark BrandiMark Brandi’s debut, Wimmera, was a timely exploration of child sexual abuse and its impacts.









City of Crows by Chris WormesleyIn City of Crows, Chris Womersley explored the power of belief in seventeenth century Paris.









The Twentieth Man by Tony JonesAnother great debut, Tony Jones created Australia’s very won Day of the Jackal in The Twentieth Man.









Honourable (international) mentions:

House of Names by Colm Toibin was a retelling of Greek myth.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, a historical novel set in the New York shipbuilding yards in World War II.

Spoils by Brian van Reet took readers into both sides of the invasion of Iraq.

Munich by Robert Harris, a thriller set around the famous meeting between Chamberlain and Hitler in 1938.

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