5 Sydney-Based Female Authors To Add To Your Reading List

Ria Lawrence Ria Lawrence - Staff Writer

5 Sydney-Based Female Authors To Add To Your Reading List

If you’re not in on the action yet, take a deep dive into the work of these talented homegrown female writers this World Book Day

In honour of World Book Day today and International Women’s Day which is around the corner, we give you a lowdown of some of our finest female authors based in our very own city of Sydney. These gifted women explore themes of families, relationships, society and everything in between and lend a distinctive perspective to the stories and characters they’re telling. (Featured image: Enzo Muñoz.)

1. Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is a master at work. If you haven’t read her books, you’ve probably heard of the show based on her book with the same title- Big Little Lies. What Moriarty does exceptionally well is write interesting, tangible characters, she also breaks down the complexities of relationships of all kind. Our top recommendations include Nine Perfect Strangers, What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret if you want a good psychological thriller to complement this weather.

2. Celeste Barber

Celeste Barber isn’t just funny, she’s downright hilarious. I lost count of the number of times I snorted laughing while reading her part-memoir – Challenge Accepted. She writes with an honesty that is rare and relatable. Her bluntness is refreshing and her musings at once deep and silly. We would highly recommend getting on the Celeste Barber bandwagon, you won’t regret it.

3. Jackie French


Jackie French is a legend, and we don’t use the term lightly. A highly accomplished author, she has written over 140 books and won over 60 national and international awards. Perceptive, powerful and imaginative- Frenchs’ books are real page turners. Our recommendations include- classic Aussie favourite Diary of a Wombat, They Came on Viking Ships and Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies- a story about how society’s lovely ‘ladies’ won a war.

4. Melina Marchetta

Marchetta is best known for her teen novels. She has authored critically and commercially acclaimed books such as Saving Francesca and On the Jellicoe Road. Her books have an undeniable appeal particularly to young adults but can certainly be enjoyed by all age groups. On the Jellicoe Road is a beautiful story about how tragedy and heartbreak can become a bridge to longstanding friendships and we highly recommend it. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is another great read.

5. Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is an Aussie literary staple. She expertly tackles complicated ideas about class, race and gender and forces you to rethink heavily ingrained ideas. A Room Made of Leaves is an absolute delight as is The Secret River and The Idea of Perfection.