Sneak Preview: Australian YA in 2012

February 5, 2012 2012, australian authors, Reynje, sneak previews 21

As the Australian-in-Residence here at The Midnight Garden, I thought it would be fitting to make my blog debut on a topic close to my heart – young adult literature from the great southern land.

I think I’ve loved Australian YA since I borrowed my first John Marsden from the library, or read my first Melina Marchetta at school. I’ve always been a keen reader, devouring just about anything I could get my hands on, but there’s something about the sense of affinity in reading Australian books that I love. There’s a familiarity to the humour, the dialogue and the often the themes that strikes a chord with me.

Over the last couple of years I’ve added some Australian releases to my shelf of all-time favourite books. Authors like Markus Zusak, Cath Crowley and Craig Silvey have made their way onto my “auto-buy” list, and it’s great to see their work receiving recognition and a wider audience around the world.

So without further ado, here are just a few of the upcoming Australian YA releases for 2012 that I’m eagerly anticipating:

Queen of the Night
by Leanne Hall
Release Date: February 22, 2012

The follow up to the slice of surrealism that was 2009’s Text Prize-winning This is Shyness. I’m excited to see where a reunion between Wildgirl and Wolfboy is going to lead. One thing is for sure, if it’s in Shyness, it’s going to be enticing, unpredictable and just a little strange.

The Reluctant Hallelujah  
by Gabrielle Williams
Release Date: February 22, 2012

I am a big fan of Gabrielle Williams’ particular brand of witty humour, and I had a lot of fun with her 2009 release Beatle Meets Destiny. The synopsis for The Reluctant Hallelujah is intriguing: “driving – unlicensed – to Sydney” and “chased by bad guys”? Count me in.  

by Shirley Marr
Release Date: April 1, 2012

Full disclosure, Shirley is a Goodreads friend of mine. She’s also completely awesome, and wrote cult-book-in-the-making Fury, which is brilliantly twisted. Preloved sounds funny and off-beat and dark, not to mention the promise of 80s references. Stonewash jeans, anyone?

Night Beach  
by Kirsty Eagar
Release Date: April 26, 2012

I adore Kirsty Eagar’s writing. If you’ve read Raw Blue, you’ll be familiar with the gorgeous imagery in her writing and her evocative way of capturing emotion. If I had not already been won over by Eagar’s stunning contemporary debut, the gothic tone of Night Beach’s premise certainly would have done it.

The Howling Boy  
by Cath Crowley
Release Date: TBC 

Detail on Cath Crowley’s upcoming 2012 release is extremely thin on the ground at the moment. However, I fell madly in love with Graffiti Moon and Chasing Charlie Duskin (titled A Little Wanting Song in the US), and I just know that her next book is going to be incredible. I have very high hopes, and not a doubt that Crowley will deliver in her signature lyrical style.

That’s just a small sample of what’s in store for Australian YA fans this year. I’ll also be on the lookout for new releases from Vikki Wakefield, Liki Wilkinson and Fiona Wood amongst others.

Stay tuned for more updates and reviews from the book scene on my side of the world throughout the year, but until then, happy reading!

21 Responses to “Sneak Preview: Australian YA in 2012”

  1. Heather@The Flyleaf Review

    I love this post, for I am one of those American lovers of Australian YA, I cannot seem to get enough of it! I’m adding EVERY one of these to my Aussie shelf on Goodreads, thanks again:)

  2. Vegan YA Nerds

    Hooray for Aussie YA! I have a copy of The Reluctant Hallelujah and Queen of the Night and I can’t wait to start reading.

    I’m also really looking forward to Cath’s new book as well as Simmone Howell’s!


  3. Heidi

    Ah! I saw Night Beach on NetGalley and got all mopey when it was only for Australian members. Aussie YA puts out so much good stuff, I can’t wait for more of it to make its way over to the US so we all can enjoy.

  4. Reynje

    Thanks for all the Aussie book love! :)

    I’ll definitely be posting updates about the Australian YA I’m reading through the year. I was only able to include a few highlights on this post, but there’s a lot more to come..

    Jane, Jaclyn Moriarty is one my favourite authors! I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

    Cillian – *saucy wink*

  5. Jane

    I love aussie YA, albeit I have only read a few. I love the books written by Jaclyn Moriarty. Stolen is great too. I’ve heard many great things about books by Cath Crowley. Can’t wait for the Graffiti Moon to hit the shelf! Great debut post! :-D

  6. therealbookcritique

    Most of my favourite books are written by Aussie authors, so I’m glad I stumbled along this post! I’m really excited to get my hands on Froi of the Exiles, considering I live in Canada, but I’m also pretty eager to check out some of Crowley and Eagar’s books :)

  7. Chachic

    Ahhhh so many excellent Aussie releases this year! I want to read Preloved, Night Beach and The Howling Boy. Also anything that Fiona Wood writes. Wish Aussie books were readily available here in the Philippines.

  8. A Canadian Girl

    I’ll admit I haven’t read many books written by Aussie authors but I’ve really enjoyed the ones that I have. I loved Eagar’s Raw Blue so I’m looking forward to Night Beach the most. FYI: It’s available to Australians on NetGalley.

  9. Sam

    Wow, these sound good! I’m actually guilty of not having read a single Cath Crowley book (don’t shoot me!) but I plan to get round to one soon as i hear nothing but good things about them. :) I’m also really looking forward to Preloved! Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Reynje

    I’m a huge fangirl of Cath Crowley – I’m stalking the internet for updates on The Howling Boy :)

    And Flannery, Lili Wilkinson has a new book coming out called “Love-Shy”. I love her humour!

    It can be difficult to get some Australian releases outside of the country – but as they’re released I’ll try to link to the best sources for obtaining copies :)

  11. The Night Bookmobile

    Great debut post, Reynje! Lots of titles I haven’t heard of. Is it hard to get Australian releases in the US? I know it’s difficult to get Fury but wasn’t sure if that was normal or not.

  12. Flannery (The Readventurer)

    I’m super excited to read The Howling Boy. I love Cath Crowley:)I started to read This Is Shyness on a tour but I was holding it up so I had to pass it on–now I’ll have to try my hardest to get my paws on another copy. Thanks for the heads up about a few of these, Reynje! I hope Lili Wilkinson writes another one soon as well:)

  13. Reynje

    I got approved for Night Beach by Netgalley just after writing this – I can’t wait to start :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Yay! I adore gothic novels so I’m especially interested to see what the author will do with that premise. Can’t wait for your review for ye olde blog. :)

    • Taneika

      I got denied :( I’ll just go cry now! On the other hand, I just finished Fury by Shirley Marr :) twas amazing!

  14. Taneika

    I am so excited for Preloved! I got my copy of Fury yesterday *dances with joy* so I’ll start tonight/tomorrow :D And I’m kinda hoping to get Night Beach from Netgalley :)
    Yay for Aussie YA! <3