The COMPLETE LIST of survey results for the Most Popular Aussie Novels of All Time

Here is the full list of results for the survey of the Most Popular Aussie Novels of All Time.

We’d love to hear your comments about the final listing:

  • What do you think of the order?
  • Any surprises?
  • Any novels that you think missed the final listing?
  • Are some of these books ‘novels’ or not??

Here’s the list (the % figure indicates the percentage of respondents in the survey who have read that particular book):

1 GIBBS, May – Snugglepot and Cuddlepie 47.20%
2 COURTENAY, Bryce – The Power of One 46.50%
3 THIELE, Colin – Storm Boy 45.20%
4 LINDSAY, Joan – Picnic at Hanging Rock 38.50%
5 MCCULLOUGH, Colleen – Thorn Birds 36.20%
6 MARCHETTA, Melina – Looking for Alibrandi 35.90%
7 MARSDEN, John – Tomorrow When the War Began 34.50%
8 MARSHALL, Alan – I Can Jump Puddles 33.20%
9 PARK, Ruth – Playing Beatie Bow 31.80%
10 SHUTE, Neville – A Town Like Alice 29.30%
11 CAREY G./LETTE. K. – Puberty Blues 29.00%
12 FACEY, A.B. – A Fortunate Life 28.30%
13 WINTON, Tim – Cloudstreet 27.70%
14 TURNER, Ethel – Seven Little Australians 27.70%
15 COURTENAY, Bryce – April Fool’s Day 27.00%
16 PARK, Ruth – The Harp in the South 27.00%
17 FRANKLIN, Miles – My Brilliant Career 26.30%
18 COURTENAY, Bryce – Jessica 25.10%
19 MORGAN, Sally – My Place 24.90%
20 CLARKE, Marcus – For the Term of His Natural Life 22.80%
21 ZUSAK, Markus – The Book Thief 22.70%
22 WINTON, Tim – Dirt Music 22.50%
23 WINTON, Tim – Breath 21.10%
24 MARSDEN, John – So Much to Tell You 20.10%
25 CAREY, Peter – Oscar and Lucinda 19.40%
26 JOHNSTON, George – My Brother Jack 19.00%
27 MARSDEN, John – Letters from the Inside 17.90%
28 GUNN, Jeannie – We of the Never Never 17.70%
29 TSIOLKAS, Christos – The Slap 16.80%
30 BIRMINGHAM, John – He Died with a Felafel in his Hand 16.70%
31 SHUTE, Neville – On the Beach 16.60%
32 REILLY, Matthew – Ice Station 16.20%
33 KENEALLY, Thomas – Schindler’s Ark 15.80%
34 CAREY, Peter – True History of the Kelly Gang 15.40%
35 WINTON, Tim – The Riders 15.10%
36 KENEALLY, Thomas – The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 14.80%
37 RICHARDSON, Henry Handel – The Getting of Wisdom 14.40%
38 NYLAND, D’Arcy – The Shiralee 13.00%
39 HARDY, Frank – Power without Glory 12.10%
40 BOLDREWOOD, Rolf – Robbery Under Arms 12.00%
41 GRENVILLE, Kate – The Secret River 11.80%
42 BROOKS, Geraldine – The People of the Book 11.70%
43 FLANAGAN, Richard – The Sound of One Hand Clapping 11.20%
44 KOCH, Christopher – The Year of Living Dangerously 10.80%
45 BAIL, Murray – Eucalyptus 10.80%
46 GARNER, Helen – Monkey Grip 10.60%
47 REILLY, Matthew – Temple 10.00%
48 CAREY, Peter – Bliss 10.00%
49 BROOKS, Geraldine – March 9.70%
50 GARNER, Helen – The Spare Room 9.60%
51 CARMODY, Isobelle – Obernewtyn 9.30%
52 GAITA, Raimond – Romulus, My Father 8.90%
53 COETZEE, J.M. – Disgrace 8.70%
54 GREENWOOD, Kerry – Phryne Fisher series 8.50%
55 ANDERSON, Jessica – Tirra Lirra by the River 7.70%
56 WHITE, Patrick – Voss 7.50%
57 MALOUF, David – An Imaginary Life 7.30%
58 WHITE, Patrick – The Tree of Man 7.30%
59 TEMPLE, Peter – The Broken Shore 7.10%
60 JOLLEY, Elizabeth – The Well 6.80%
61 ROBERTS, Gregory David – Shantaram 6.80%
62 MORTON, Kate – The Shifting Fog 6.60%
63 ZUSAK, Markus – The Messenger 6.50%
64 MALOUF, David – Fly Away Peter 6.50%
65 GOLDSWORTHY, Peter – Maestro 6.50%
66 FURPHY, Joseph – Such is Life 6.50%
67 FLANAGAN, Richard – Gould’s Book of Fish 6.30%
68 PIERRE, D.B.C. – Vernon God Little 6.10%
69 WILKINSON, Carole – Dragon Keeper series 5.80%
70 CAREY, Peter – Illywhacker 5.80%
71 REILLY, Matthew – Jack West Jr series 5.70%
72 HERBERT, Xavier – Capricornia 5.70%
73 SOUTHALL, Ivan – Hills End 5.50%
74 STEAD, Christina – The Man Who Loved Children 5.30%
75 MORRISSEY, Di – The Silent Country 5.30%
76 MALOUF, David – Remembering Babylon 5.20%
77 SILVEY, Craig – Jasper Jones 5.20%
78 HARTNETT, Sonya – Of a Boy 5.10%
79 WHITE, Patrick – Eye of the Storm 5.10%
80 MALOUF, David – Ransom 5.00%
81 TEMPLE, Peter – Truth 5.00%
82 WHITE, Patrick – The Aunt’s Story 4.80%
83 TOLTZ, Steve – A Fraction of the Whole 4.70%
84 RICHARDSON, Henry Handel – The Fortunes of Richard Mahony 4.60%
85 CAREY, Peter – My Life as a Fake 4.60%
86 MILLER, Alex – Journey to the Stone Country 4.60%
87 SOUTHALL, Ivan – Josh 4.30%
88 MCGAHAN, Andrew – The White Earth 4.20%
89 CAREY, Peter – Jack Maggs 4.10%
90 DENTON, Kit – The Breaker 3.60%
91 HARTNETT, Sonya – The Silver Donkey 3.60%
92 HAZZARD, Shirley – The Transit of Venus 3.60%
93 GRENVILLE, Kate – The Idea of Perfection 3.40%
94 WHITE, Patrick – Riders in the Chariot 3.10%
95 WHITE, Patrick – The Vivisector 2.80%
96 HAZZARD, Shirley – The Great Fire 2.70%
97 ASTLEY, Thea – Drylands 2.70%
98 DE KRETSER, Michelle – The Lost Dog 2.60%
99 PERLMAN, Elliot – Seven Types of Ambiguity 2.60%
100 WRIGHT, Alexis – Carpentaria 2.50%
101 DREWE, Robert – Our Sunshine 2.50%
102 STEAD, Christina – For Love Alone 2.40%
103 CARROLL, Steve – The Time We Have Taken 2.30%
104 HARTNETT, Sonya – Surrender 2.30%
105 HYLAND, M.J. – Carry Me Down 2.20%
106 KOCH, Christopher – Highways to a War 2.10%
107 CAREY, Peter – Parrot and Olivier in America 2.00%
108 STOW, Randolph – To the Islands 2.00%
109 HYLAND, M.J. – How the Light Gets In 1.90%
110 COETZEE, J.M. – Life and Times of Michael K 1.80%
111 MOORHOUSE, Frank – Dark Palace 1.60%
112 ASTLEY, Thea – The Slow Natives 1.60%
113 KOCH, Christopher – The Doubleman 1.10%
114 MCDONALD, Roger – The Ballad of Desmond Kale 1.00%
115 ASTLEY, Thea – The Acolyte 0.90%
116 ASTLEY, Thea – The Well Dressed Explorer 0.70%
117 SCOTT, Kim – Benang: From the Heart 0.70%
118 HAZZARD, Shirley – The Bay of Noon 0.60%
119 KENEALLY, Thomas – People’s Train 0.60%
120 FOSTER, David – Glade within the Grove 0.60%

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Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.

3 thoughts on “The COMPLETE LIST of survey results for the Most Popular Aussie Novels of All Time”

  1. I’ve been waiting for the number one for weeks now! and I have to admit to some disapointment – Snugglepot et al are really cute but they’re not on my list as great literature, or even a great read (they’re a bit silly). Still, I plan to read my way through most of the rest of the list – and looking forward to it.

  2. Unlike Brenda, I am pleased to see Snugglepot & Cuddlepie top the list! Sure, it’s a kid’s book but it’s a great one. I can still remember the emotions I felt reading that book when I was young… it was an amazing adventure and the illustrations added to the wonder of it.

    Great to see some of my all time favourite books on the list – Storm Boy, Playing Beatie Bow, A Town Like Alice and Seven Little Australians, to name a few.

    I have a feeling that school reading lists probably influenced this list! I recognise a few titles that we studied at school. Playing Beatie Bow is one of them. I would not have thought it was a commonly known book, but the school list could explain it being so close to the top.

    Interesting to note that I have read all the top 10 books, and the 12 others I have read, all except one are in the top 50! The only title I have read between 50 – 120 is The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton and she’s a relatively new author. A great one too, by the way! 🙂

  3. I enjoyed the Aussie Novels list and I used the list to buy gifts for German friends about to return home. The kids each received Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Storm Boy. It was great inspiration! I now plan to start reading my way thru the list myself – Breath was a great introduction to Tim Winton.

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