It was compiled by popular vote.
The ABC’s ‘First Tuesday Book Club’ announced the list in 2012, the National Year of Reading. I’m not really sure what happened in connection with the National Year of Reading, which is odd given that I hang around lots of places concerned with books.
It was probably a great idea and was promoting literacy, and I’m all for it. Anything that increases literacy and reading, and encourages more people to get into books, is worthwhile. Perhaps I don’t remember it because, for me personally, the government might as well announce a National Year of Eating, or a Year of Getting Dressed, or of Showering. Nothing’s going to stop me doing any of those things, except physical inability, and then I hope I’d get help to carry on anyway.
Whatever else happened in 2012, the list of the 10 Aussie Books to read before you die was compiled by the ABC. I read Jasper Jones recently, and loved it; I’ll review it soon. There’s a few in this list I haven’t read – I’ll have to get my act together and fill in the holes.
- Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
- A Fortunate Life – A.B. Facey
- The Harp in the South – Ruth Park
- The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
- Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey
- The Magic Pudding – Norman Lindsay
- The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
- The Secret River – Kate Grenville
- Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay
Would you add any others?