Now that I have a new sun porch, and thus more room for bookcases in the house, I've set aside one shelf for historical novels from Australasian authors and publishers. Just because most are hard to find in this corner of the world – I don't let 10,000 miles stand between me and a book I want to read.
The margins on this blog are pretty narrow, so I also have a larger image of the shelf linked up.
Because they can be expensive to obtain in print, I get a fair number of these titles on Kindle, also. I'm always interested in discovering new historical fiction writers and being transported via fiction to new locales. I've also been following along with the Australian Women Writers' Challenge in an attempt to keep up with what's coming out and may join the challenge myself next year.
Which brings me around to the topic of the Historical Novel Society's first Australasian conference, which kicked off yesterday in Sydney. This is a significant and very exciting undertaking, and I extend my congrats to the organizers for their hard work in pulling everything together. I wish I was there in person and hope all attendees are having a wonderful time.
Since I've been celebrating Women's History Month here at the blog, this seems like a good time to showcase historical novels by Australasian women authors. The books (15 in all) are set all over the place, and since there are a lot of them, I'm just giving brief notes on the settings of each. For those like me who don't live in the region, I recommend Fishpond.com for print editions (they offer free shipping worldwide) and also suggest checking your local Amazon to see if Kindle editions are for sale.
Also, since I don't have the opportunity to see these books in stores locally, there are going to be many titles I'm missing. Please feel free to recommend others in the comments so we can all add them to our TBRs.
The inner workings of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's White House, seen through the eyes of a teacher who gets a job with the First Lady. Hachette Australia, July 2014.
A female brewer strives to make a go of her profession in medieval England. Harlequin MIRA Australia, October 2014.
Third in Challinor's Convict Girls series, this is the story of three women determined to make new lives for themselves after being transported to Sydney Town in 1830. HarperCollins Australia, November 2014.
This Victorian-set novel focuses on the disintegrating marriage of Sir George Grey: explorer, governor of South Australia, and later governor of New Zealand. Random House New Zealand, forthcoming July 2015.
A dual-time saga set amidst the Australian goldfields in the 1860s and in the present, and featuring a young woman with paranormal abilities. Harlequin MIRA Australia, March 2014; ebook out this month (with this cover).
Set in early 19th-century Germany, the story of Dortchen Wild, who fell in love with Wilhelm Grimm, one of the famous scholars who collected old fairy tales -- and Dortchen's many contributions to the Grimm brothers' endeavor. Random House Australia, March 2013. A US edition of this book will be out in July, but here's the original Australian cover.
The latest entry in the mystery series involving Rowland Sinclair, artist and gentleman in pre-WWII Australia; secrets from his past may affect him personally. Pantera Press, 2014.
A time-slip novel set in the beautiful Scottish borders region, set now and in medieval times. It's also newly out from Atria in the US (this is the original cover). Simon & Schuster Australia, April 2015.
A love story between two unconventional people, set in Sydney during the Depression years. Macmillan Australia, May 2014.
This saga traces the journeys of four individuals who "confront the complexity of being Moriori, Maori, and Pakeha" (of European descent) in 1880s New Zealand and a century later. Vintage Books New Zealand, March 2014.
Martyn's home ground is medieval England, and her newest centers on two strong women from the Wars of the Roses: Elysabeth Woodville, the future wife of Edward IV, and his cousin Kate Neville. Harlequin MIRA Australia, August 2014.
An epic WWI-era saga involving three families living on the rural outskirts of Sydney. Thanks to Yvonne from A Darn Good Read for alerting me to this book. Harlequin MIRA Australia, March 2015.
Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award in 2014, this literary novel follows a Japanese doctor as he's interned as an enemy alien in WWII Australia. Allen & Unwin, April 2014.
Sawyer has written a number of well-received historical epics, but this is her first historical mystery, a police procedural set in the countryside of 18th-century France. I believe this is self-published via Amazon, February 2015.
An Irish-Australian family saga in which secrets dating from WWI reverberate into the present. Macmillan Australia, March 2015.