Australia has become a popular travel destination for many Americans as well as a popular setting for authors. Before embarking on my own trip earlier this summer, I did a lot of “armchair travel” and found that there is an abundance of material to help prepare. So, whether you are really going to Australia, or are just interested in feeling the spirit of “down under”, here are some books and other materials to help set the mood:
If you are actually planning a trip, head to our non-fiction section: 919.4. Here you will find many up-to-date travel books, many with maps and itineraries. I found Eyewitness Travel Guides, as well as Let’s Go, Australia very helpful. If you prefer to view the landscape, check our non-feature video collection at: VC919.4, and DVD 919.4.
For some background reading, look at:
The many facets of Australia are revealed in this collection of true and fascinating stories. Read about the rain forest to the outback, Great Barrier Reef to the Red Center. Armchair adventure at its best!
919.4046 B In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Intrepid travel writer Bill Bryson gives an hilarious account of his travels through the outback. Some historical perspective as well as Australian politics, sociology and anthropology! This title is also available as an audio book in our CD collection.
Some fiction books that can be found under the author’s last name on our fiction shelves:
My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin
A classic story by Miles Franklin, who was born in 1879 in rural Australia. She moved to Sydney where she became involved in feminist and literary circles. “My Brilliant Career” was made into an award winning film starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill, and is in our feature movie collection (DVD M).
Office of Innocence, by Thomas Keneally
A tale of a young priest during WWII, told by Thomas Keneally, who is a writer of extraordinary range.
The Touch, by Colleen McCullough
From the bestselling author of the Thorn Birds, comes a family saga, full of history and passion. The tale of a young man fleeing poverty in Scotland who is trying to make his fortune as a gold miner.
True History of the Kelly Gang , by Peter Carey
Ned Kelly is a beloved Australian mythic outlaw. His legendary life embodies tragedy, perseverance, and freedom more than a century ago after he was executed. (We also have this title available as an audio book in our CD collection under the author’s name.)