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During the week I saw a link from SLV about their Summer Reads.

I’m really happy that my novel The Secret Son has been included in their list of ten recommended reads; books set in Victoria, about Victorians or written by Victorians. (My novel fits all 3 categories!)

The other books include Leap by Myfanwy Jones, who I only met recently, and Rebecca Starford’s Bad Behaviour, who I’ve met a few times. There’s the curated collection of letters by women, put together by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, as well as a true crime book by Gideon Haigh about a body found on a Melbourne beach in 1949 and Hannie Rayson’s memoir (which I read and loved, talk about funny).

All the books can be borrowed from participating libraries throughout Victoria, and there is competition where winners can win fantastic book packs. Enter online here or pick up a form at participating libraries (see list below).

The books:

2015–16 Summer Read books

  • The unbroken line by Alex Hammond
  • Between us: Women of letters curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire
  • Certain admissions by Gideon Haigh
  • Hello, beautiful! Scenes from a life by Hannie Rayson
  • Please don’t leave me here by Tania Chandler
  • Dangerous games by Larry Writer
  • Leap by Myfanwy Jones
  • Bad behaviour by Rebecca Starford
  • The secret son by Jenny Ackland
  • Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown


Participating library services