The Favourite Australian Novel of All Time

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Last year the Australian Book Review conducting a poll to find the Favourite Australian novel of all time. Well, now the results are out and the winner was Cloudstreet by Tim Winton.

‘A perennial favourite since its publication in 1991, [Cloudstreet] was the overwhelming favourite-by a margin of three to one to its nearest rival, Henry Handel Richardson’s The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, which was closely followed by Patrick White’s Voss and Winton’s most recent novel, Breath,’ said ABR editor Peter Rose. Rose said the poll had received thousands of votes for almost 300 novels.

The top 20 novels in the poll are:
  1. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
  2. The fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson
  3. Voss by Patrick White
  4. Breath by Tim Winton
  5. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
  6. My brother Jack by George Johnston
  7. The secret river by Kate Grenville
  8. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
  9. The man who loved children by Christina Stead
  10. The tree of man by Patrick White
  11. My brilliant career by Miles Franklin
  12. Monkey grip by Helen Garner
  13. Dirt music by Tim Winton
  14. The vivisector by Patrick White (also nominated for the Lost Booker Prize)
  15. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
  16. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
  17. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke
  18. The merry-go-round in the sea by Randolph Stow
  19. Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
  20. The slap by Christos Tsiolkas
A list of all 290 nominated titles can be found on the ABR website.
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