Best Books 2013: Authors’ Picks

Hannah Kent

Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing was a stand-out novel for me this year. After hearing a lot of praise for Australian-born, UK-resident Wyld in London (where she seems to be more well-known), I picked up a copy and read it in one sitting.

Darkly beautiful and disquieting, All the Birds, Singing is at once compelling mystery and literary wonder: its carefully wrought plot intensified by Wyld’s poetic, visceral language. A book not easily forgotten.

Hannah Kent is the author of Burial Rites (Picador), which is currently shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction.

Malcolm Knox

It was an excellent year for Australian fiction. Two novels stood out for me. Christos Tsiolkas’s Barracuda is typically red-blooded and impossible to forget, passion harnessed to intelligence.

Related posts