Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012

Talk about scraping home by the skin of my teeth! As 2012 draws to a close I thought I’d best post my completed list for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. I’m a little stunned that I found time to read so many.

A very big thank you to Elizabeth Lheude for instigating this wonderful challenge. It’s taken on a life of its own and is ready to go for 2013. Thanks also to the various book bloggers like Book’d Out and others for joining up with the moderators from Goodreads to keep the momentum building. It was wonderful to be there in AWWC12’s infancy and I hope I’m still joining in for many years to come. Great that something which started with a blog post and a discussion on the web about the paucity of reviews for books written by Australian women could lead to such a groundswell of support along with the introduction of the Stella Award. People Power!

I did plan on reviewing many of these books, but this year was more challenging than I anticipated. Consequently I only reviewed a couple.

I hesitate to rank the books as I delighted in all of them. I will say that I’m now a devoted fan of Malla Nunn, Posie Graeme-Evans and PA O’Reilly. Many of the stories I read this year are by authors I know and I religiously read each of their new releases as they hit the shelves. Since I know I’m biased I think it’s better to leave scores and ranks to those more removed from the writers!

So, enough of my ramblings, here’s my completed list. They are in the order I found them on my bookshelves – apologies for those I’ve missed out listing!


The Voyager, Mardi McConnochie

Morgan’s Law, Karly Lane

Bride by Mistake, Anne Gracie

Toots – Woman in a Man’s World, Donna Vawdrey

Vengeance Born, Kylie Griffin

Alliance Forged, Kylie Griffin

Foal’s Bread, Gillian Mears

Colorado Cowboy, CC.Coburn

The Girl in Steel Capped Boots, Loretta Hill

Night’s Cold Kiss, Tracey O’Hara

The Mistake, Wendy James

The Road Home, Fiona Palmer

Purple Road, Fleur McDonald

Dead Heat, Bronwyn Parry

Murder In Devon, Maggi Andersen

Fatal Flaw, Sandy Curtis

Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks

The Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks

Dangerous Games, Keri Arthur

Zoe’s Muster,Β Barbara Hannay

Bridesmaid Says I Do, Barbara Hannay

Falling for Mr Mysterious, Barbara Hannay

Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood

Sharp Shooter, Marianne Delacourt

Stage Fright, Marianne Delacourt

Sharp Turn, Marianne Delacourt

Covet, Tara Moss

Seven Nights in a rogue’s bed, Anna Campbell

Bella’s Run, Margareta Osborn

Brumby’s Run, Jennifer Scoullar

Jilted, Rachael Johns

One Perfect Night, Rachael Johns

Everything Changes But You, Maggie Alderson

The Mother’s Group, Fiona Higgins

Sister’s Pact, Ali Ahearn and Ros Baxter

Lioness, Katherine Scholes

Shadowfell, Juliet Marillier

Seer of Sevenwaters, Juliet Marillier

Ina’s Story, Catherine Titasey

House of Memories, Monica McInerney

Lola’s Secret, Monica McInerney

The Stranding, Karen Viggers

Scared Yet? Jaye Ford

Silent Fear, Katherine Howell

The Island House, Posie Graeme Evans

Grease Monkey Jive, Ainslie Paton

Operation Summer Storm, Karlene Blakemore Mowle

Operation Willow Quest, Karlene Blakemore Mowle

Operation Swift Mercy, Karlene Blakemore Mowle

Small Town Storm, Elise K Ackers

Tag Team, Nicola Marsh

Viper’s Kiss, Shannon Curtis

Chains of Revenge, Keziah Hill

The Art of Magic, Ann Harth

Hell’s Fury, PD Martin

In Safe Hands, Lee Christine

Intuition, Jayne Fordham

Fine Colour of Rust, PA O’Reilly

Absolution Creek, Nicole Alexander

Jacaranda, Mandy Magro

Stella Makes Good, Lisa Heidke

Cathryn Hein, Heart of the Valley

The Golden Land, Di Morrisey

Let the Dead Lie, Malla Nunn

A Beautiful Place to Die,Β Malla Nunn

Silent Valley, Malla Nunn

A Duchess to Remember, Christina Brooke

Cold Grave, Kathryn Fox

Wattle Creek, Fiona McCallum

Nowhere Else, Fiona McCallum

What Remains, Denise Leith

In Her Blood, Annie Hauxwell

Enticed, Jessica Shirvington

The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Liane Moriarty

Manhattan Dreaming, Anita Heiss

Tiger Men, Judy Nunn

Women of the Outback, Sue Williams


10 thoughts on “Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012

  1. Sandy, Happy New Year to you, B and KC! May this year fulfil on its promises. Can’t wait for your debut release!!

    You’re right, I spend a lot of time sitting on jets reading books. May be antisocial but it’s the best use of my time!!

    Off to behead some cordylines for the day now – nothing like starting the new year the way I mean to continue πŸ˜€

  2. HAPPY NEW YEAR, Helene, GW and Zeus! πŸ™‚

    Goodness me, you did read a lot, but I bet a lot of those were read when you were transiting down here or to Sydney. So not so much luxury time, but utilising down time to good effect. πŸ™‚ Hope 2013 is a great year for you all. xox

  3. Thanks Helene πŸ™‚ Oh I definitely have the book SHELVES of good books πŸ˜‰ Several, and they’re all full!! Take care πŸ™‚

  4. Brenda, I was stunned when I added up the list! I would have said I was way too busy for reading this year, but I guess I had more luxury time than I realised πŸ™‚

    Am on a mission to better that for 2013 and to write some more reviews.

    Wishing you and yours all the very best for the coming years and a bookshelf full of good books!

  5. Brilliant list Helene! And well done…how did you read so many, AND write your own, AND work, AND do you family travel the country…and probably many other things as well!!! You’re a machine πŸ˜‰
    Hope you, GW and Zeus have a wonderful New Year, and a hugely successful 2013, along with good health and happiness πŸ™‚
    All the best πŸ™‚ xx

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