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Best Selling Australian Chick Lit Books

Updated on May 7, 2015

Discover some Awesome Australian Chick Lit Authors

If you love reading the stories of Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly and Jill Mansell and you have read all their novels then you might want to look at some Australian Chick Lit authors for something new.

Let me introduce you to some Australian authors who I think represent the genre well. Grab a glass of champagne (like all good chick lit heroines) and let's get reading.

What is Chick Lit?

Books for women? Romance? steamy novels?

Wikipedia defines Chick lit as:

"a genre fiction within women's fiction which addresses issues of modern women often humorously and lightheartedly"

Think Bridget Jones Diary or Rachel's Holiday by Marion Keyes or Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series, they feature the everyday lives of women, all the funny, embarrassing and insecure moments that life deals us.

To me it's the books that are great to read at the beach or when you want to relax and escape. There are so many types of chick lit books many say it now has sub-genres. There is mummy lit, divorce lit, single girl a la Bridget Jones and career girl lit to mention just a few.

Monica McInerney talking about her books - The Faraday Girls and The House of Memories

Those Faraday Girls book cover
Those Faraday Girls book cover

Monica McInerney - our Chick Lit Queen

Australia's Maeve Binchy

Monica is probably our most prolific and best-selling Chick Lit author. I have read and enjoyed every single one of her books. She was born in South Australia's Claire Valley and grew up living in various parts of the country. She now lives in Dublin with her Irish husband. Most of her stories feature Australia and Ireland and concern family themes and strong well developed characters. I have been trying to single out my favourite to tell you about here but really I can only manage a top 3.

read an except of one of these and decide what you think....

Alphabet Sisters

Family Baggage

I loved this novel, perhaps because I have always wanted to own my own travel company. In this book we meet the Turner family and watch as their daughter Harriet take over the business and leading a group of tourists though the English countryside.

Those Faraday Girls

and I still feel bad about leaving the others out! If you like stories about families and relationships you will love Monica's books.

The Latest Monica McInerney Novel - The House of Memories

Monica's latest book the House of Memories is one of her best yet. You can download the ebook from this link. The print version is not yet available.

Read more about the book here The House of Memories

Odd One Out
Odd One Out

This book is about feeling like you are the odd one out in your family. I identified so well with the characters in this book. They seemed so real and well developed. Could not put this one down till it was done.

Chick Lit Kathy Lette
Chick Lit Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette - The first Chick Lit author I read

Chick lit with teeth

I guess Kathy Lette's debut novel Puberty Blues was probably the first book I read that was written by a woman, about women my age. Mind you we were both girls then ;-) I did not get around to reading another of her books until 2006 and her book How to Kill your Husband was published... thankfully this is not a DIY title but a very funny thriller that will have you smiling with quotes like "no woman has ever shot her husband while he was vacuuming"

Kathy is now based in London and has a total of 12 funny but sometimes though provoking books for you to enjoy.

Find out more on her website

Kathy Lette - talking about her book Love Honor and Betray

How to Kill your Husband and Other Household Hints

How to Kill Your Husband
How to Kill Your Husband

No it's not an instruction book ;-) but it is a very funny and enlightening look at marriage and relationships and well worth your time.


Maggie Alderson

Romance and relationships

Maggie is London born and now living back in London now but she lived and worked here for so long that we all thought she was Australian. Even Wkipedia agreed ;-) Maggie was a writer for the Sydney Morning Herald's magazine for many years and her columns are what got me into reading her books. She has written 6 novels so far. A few of her books feature women moving from the UK to Australia to start new lives...

In her book Mad about the Boy she introduces us to Antonia who has immigrated to Australia with her husband and small child to what she thinks will be a perfect life only to discover while 'Some of my best friends are homosexuals. I just didn't expect my husband to be one too.' and so the story begins.

Find out more about Maggie and her novels. on her website

she also has a blog

Maggie Alderson - Maggie's latest book

Shoe Money
Shoe Money

If you love fashion you will enjoy this non-fiction read technically not Chick Lit, as it's not fiction, but I still think it belongs in this group. It will make you laugh and think ha me too over and over.


Have you read any Aussie Chick Lit? - who is your favourite Chick lit Author?

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I don't recognize any of these names, so I suspect not, but I've got an even longer list for my next library visit now! Thanks for list and the teasers. Looking forward to a little summer fiction.

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      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      I have not ready any Aussie Chick Lit books--however, you have given me a place to start! Thanks for this entertaining list of authors!

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      7 years ago

      These books sound great! I've never read any of these authors yet.

    • oztoo lm profile image

      oztoo lm 

      7 years ago

      I'm not one for soppy romance books but these sound like fun.

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      Penny Pincher G 

      7 years ago

      afraid not, but now i'm curious

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll have to try some of these. Love the lightness of chick lit. I lived in Australia for 3 1/2 years so get nostalgic for it.

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      8 years ago

      love a good fast read...there are many here! thanks, and you are blessed!

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      8 years ago

      I don't believe I have read any of the books here..but they all sound interesting


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