What does it mean to be Australian? What cultural experiences do we all share as occupiers of this great land? And is there one book that can sum it all up? 

 

The National Year of Reading 2012 thinks there is, and have decided to ask us, the Australian readers, to choose it. But since one book seems like a big ask (and I agree) they are looking for 8 books, one for each state.

 

A panel of independent experts has chosen a shortlist for each state and it is now up to us to vote for the books that we think really epitomize the people, culture and the land of Australia.

 

In NSW the following titles are on the shortlist so if you haven’t already read them you better start. Voting goes from November 1st 2011 until January 6th 2012 and is as easy as picking up a form at the library desk or going online to the ABC website. 

Don't miss out on your chance to decide which book best sums up the NSW experience!

 

NSW shortlisted titles

 

Bereft

Chris Womersley

The Idea of Home

John Hughes

The Harp in the South

Novels - Ruth Park

Lilian's Story

Kate Grenville

Sydney Harbour:

A History

Ian Hoskins

Torn Apart

Peter Corris

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