See how shallow I am?
Anyhow, here's my list of 10 Must Read Australian Classics, just for you Pauline:
- Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
- The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
- Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood
- We of the Never Never by Jeannie Gunn
- My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
- A Fortunate Life by A B Facey
- Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
- Voss by Patrick White
- The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally
- True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
- Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
As you can see, I can't count. Actually I can, but I can't decide what title to leave out and I don't think that Pauline is going to mind having an extra book to choose from. Besides, it's my list and I'm feeling arrogant and guru-like today.
She wants to read The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes. I haven't included this on my list because I haven't read it, although I'd like to. Maybe I should ask Santa for a copy for Christmas. It would certainly rank as a modern Aussie classic, I'm sure.
Of course, I'm not really the guru of anything really, but I do like Australian literature. Do you? What would you put on your list for Pauline? Would you add anything because you love it, or leave anything out because it is the worst thing you've ever read? Do tell.
Don't forget my rule with these sort of lists though - if you add a title, you have to remove one. She already has eleven choices, and that's enough for anyone.
Even Pauline, and I'm feeling very kindly toward her today.