Australian Women Writers Challenge

So it’s already August? How that happened, I don’t know – possibly something to do with spending every waking moment editing DEAD MEN DON’T ORDER FLAKE (and let me just clarify – when I say ‘every waking moment’ what I mean is not during my day job – just in case my boss is reading this).

Anyway, it’s definitely time to formally sign up to the 2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge (AWW).


If you haven’t heard of AWW, perhaps because you’ve been living underground, or have recently returned from a stint on the international space station, you can read all about it here. It was set up to help overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women. The idea is to encourage readers and book bloggers, male, female, or of non-specific sex, Australian, or non-Australian, to read and review books by Australian women throughout the year.

I already read quite a lot of books by Australian female authors (why wouldn’t I, when I’m one myself?) but you don’t have to be a writer to sign up.

So I’ve enrolled. For the Franklin level (10 books), which is easier than it might sound because I’m including the books I’ve already read this year (which I hope doesn’t constitute cheating).

So far, I’ve read four:

Already Dead by Jaye Ford

This House of Grief by Helen Garner

Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist

The Dying Beach by Angela Savage

These are on my TBR pile:

The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly

Every Word by Ellie Marney

Eden by Candice Fox

And I plan to buy and read:

Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic

unmarryme by Nicki Reed

which leaves me one more to choose for my 10. Suggestions welcome.

I’ve signed up as a reader, not as a reviewer. I know authors who post reviews of the books they read, but I’m not entirely comfortable doing that myself. I’m not sure I could be objective. After all, I often know the person who wrote the book. Chris Cleave raised interesting points about this dilemma here.

What do you think? Should novelists review novels?