What a great year it’s been! Thank you to all our wonderful historical fiction reviewers who participated in the 2016 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge. We have kept pace with last year’s figures which is marvellous – 239 reviews of 127 books by 92 authors. This year I thought I would look at the figures by author instead of book. Drumroll please and this will surprise a few. The most reviewed author this year is Anna Romer with 14 reviews for two books:

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Next up is Hannah Kent with 13 reviews, also for two books:

Hannah Kent, Burial RitesHannah Kent, The good people




And in third place is Alison Stuart with 9 reviews for six books.

lord-somertons-heir-stuartHer Rebel HeartAnd Then Mine Enemyby-the-swordExiles ReturnSebastians Waterloo





Two authors received seven reviews – Natasha Lester and Sulari Gentill. And six authors garnered six reviews each – Melissa Ashley, Kate Forsyth, Pamela Hart, Anita Heiss, Kim Kelly and Kate Morton. And what of our wonderful reviewers? Our top three were Brenda with a staggering 36 reviews, Jennifer Cameron-smith with 14 and Carolyn with 12.

Last month Brenda reviewed Daughter of the Murray by Darry Fraser, The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie, The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham and The Perfumer’s Secret by Fiona McIntosh. Jennifer Cameron-smith was one of the many reviewers of author Anna Romer with her review of Thornwood House, whilst Carolyn reviewed Chasing the Light by Jesse Blackadder and The Good People by Hannah Kent. We also had a brand new reviewer join our ranks in December and she clocked up an impressive 8 reviews in one month. Well done Marina! Congratulations!

What an amazing year it has been and I must now bid you all adieu as this is my final post as the historical fiction rounderuper or is that rounderuperer? I will still be reviewing though so you’ll see me around and I wish my successor a fun and enjoyable 2017!

My name is Debbie Robson and I am a bookcrosser, booklover and author. I love researching the 20th century and finding those small but relevant details that can make the past come alive. You can find me on twitter: lakelady2282