Happy New Year! As is our tradition here at AWW, before moving forward, we take one more look back on the year that was. For Historical Fiction, 2020 looked like this:

470 reviews on 186 books written by 142 fabulous Australian women!

Top reads for the year were:

The Yield by Tara June Winch 14 reviews

The Silk House by Kayte Nunn 13 reviews

The Women’s Pages by Victoria Purman 11 reviews

Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer 11 reviews

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld 9 reviews

Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater 9 reviews

Riptides Kirsten Alexander 9 reviews

Inheritance of Secrets Sonya Bates 9 reviews

The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner 9 reviews

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams 8 reviews

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester 8 reviews

Finding Eadie Caroline Beecham 8 reviews

The Darkest Shore by Karen Brooks 8 reviews

The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning 7 reviews

Letters from Berlin by Tania Blanchard 7 reviews

The Banksia Bay Beach Shack by Sandie Docker 7 reviews

The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan by Lisa Ireland 7 reviews

Where the Truth Lies by Karina Kilmore 7 reviews

The Wreck by Meg Keneally 6 reviews

Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe 6 reviews

Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson 6 reviews

Frequently mentioned authors:

Sulari Gentill had 14 reviews across 8 of her titles: Miles Off Course, Paving the New Road, Gentlemen Formerly Dressed, A Murder Unmentioned, Give the Devil His Due, A Testament of Character, A Dangerous Language, and A Testament of Character.

Darry Fraser had 13 reviews across 3 of her titles: Elsa Goody Bushranger, The Last Truehart, The Good Woman of Renmark.

Alison Stuart had 12 reviews across 3 of her titles: The Postmistress, The Goldminer’s Sister, and Revenge in Rubies (writing as A.M. Stuart).

Tea Cooper had 12 reviews across 4 of her titles: The Other Side of Tom Cat Creek, The Girl in the Painting, The House on Boundary Street, and The Cartographer’s Secret.

Fiona McIntosh had 9 reviews across 3 of her titles: The Champagne War, The Pearl Thief, and The Diamond Hunter.

Ella Carey had 8 reviews across 5 of her titles: The House by the Lake, From a Paris Balcony, The Paris Time Capsule, Beyond the Horizon, and Secret Shores.

Kim Kelly had 7 reviews across 3 of her titles: Walking, Wild Chicory, and Black Diamonds.


Return reviewers:

Mrs B’s Book Reviews 53 reviews

Brenda Telford @ Goodreads 42 reviews

Helen Sibbritt @ Goodreads 32 reviews

Theresa Smith Writes (me) 29 reviews

Ashleigh Meikle – The Book Muse 20 reviews

Jennifer Cameron-Smith 20 reviews

Cloggie Downunder 19 reviews

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out 19 reviews

Cass Moriarty 16 reviews

Claire’s Reads and Reviews 14 reviews

Denise Newton Writes 12 reviews

Kali Napier 12 reviews

Carolyn Scott @ Goodreads 10 reviews

Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf 10 reviews

Dark Matter Zine 9 reviews

Sharon Hill 9 reviews

Jenny Mustey 8 reviews

Marg @ The Intrepid Reader 8 reviews

Yvonne @ A Darn Good Read 8 reviews

Heidi @ but books are better 7 reviews

ReadRoundOz 7 reviews

Kate @ Booksaremyfavouriteandbest 7 reviews

Eleni Konstantine – Eleni’s Library 6 reviews

Whispering Gums 6 reviews

Angharad Lodwick – Tinted Edges 5 reviews

Kim Forrester @ Reading Matters 5 reviews

Thanks not only to these reviewers but to all of you who have read, reviewed and linked even one historical fiction title into our database. Your ongoing support of the Australian Women Writers Challenge is what keeps us going strong into what is now our 10th year.

Cheers to a New Year! 📚🥂

Until next month…

Theresa Smith Writes