Best Selling Australian Chick Lit Books
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
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....
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
You want more Chick Lit authors - here you go :-)
- Lisa Heidke
An author from Brisbane who is just about to publish her 3rd book. The first two What Katy Did Next and Lucy Springer Gets Even were fun reads. Her new book is due out in Jan 2011
- Chit Lit Club - Australian Made list
This is a great site for chick lit fans and this page lists a couple of dozen Aussie authors for you to learn about