As I'm sure you are all aware, I am a proud Aussie. And with this title comes grave responsibilities, such as telling all non-Aussies the truth about koalas.
They have chlamydia.*
In all seriousness, I am very proud of being Australian. I am particularly proud of the level of awesomeness amongst Aussie YA authors.
I recently ordered a couple of Australian new releases, and when I added them to Goodreads, I noticed that most of my friends didn't have them on their lists.
Now this is totally fine. There is no hidden clause in the Jade Internet Friendship contract that says you have to like the same books as me. I obviously have fabulous taste, but whatever. The lack of adds on Goodreads did get me thinking, and I kept circling around one particular question:
How aware are non-Aussies of Australian books?
Now some Aussies are household names in the YA world. Melina Marchetta springs to mind. (And if you haven't read any of her stuff, get thee to a bookstore/library NOW!) But I wonder how many other authors are on the international radar?
(These questions are not meant to make anyone feel bad for their lack of interest in Australian authors. I am simply curious.)
Of course, lack of availability is probably a factor in this. A lot of my favourite Aussie books come from smaller, local houses, and aren't even available overseas. Some, like Graffiti Moon (which, by the way, is one of my all-time favourites!) have sold to American publishers. So there is that.
Sometimes it's even hard for me find local books in the stores, and I'm forced to go online.
Another factor is probably just a lack of awareness. Since a lot of these books are only published locally, there's not going to be a lot of hype on the internet. In fact, some of my favourite books I've found from trawling through publisher's websites. I hadn't heard of them until I came across them.
Many of my favourite stories are little Aussie books that could, and it makes me to sad to think that people are missing out on them. Like emo sad. So I'd love to hear from Aussies and non-Aussies on this topic. Have you read any amazing Aussie books? Is it something that you wish you had more access to? Could you not care less about my ramblings?
If you are interested, I am always happy to recommend books (actually, I'm happy to talk about any books, period.), and my favourite Aussie book blogger is Nomes. She's lead me to more amazing books than I can count.
* Yes, koalas really do have chlamydia.