Women are some of the pickiest people to buy gifts for on your Christmas list. But they are also some of the most demanding – there’s no way you’d get away with not buying them a present! So to help you out, take a look at our selection of the top books for women by Australian authors.
The War Bride by Pamela Hart
This romantic tale follows the story of young Englishwoman Margaret Dalton who leaves behind the horrors of WWI and can’t wait to see her husband, Frank, after two years of separation – only to find that he’s already moved on to another wife. She must learn forgiveness and how to make a new life for herself.
A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester
In the progressive exciting jazz age, Evelyn Lockhart wants more, she wants to be a doctor. But chasing her dream will mean turning her back on the only life she knows: her competitive sister, Viola; her conservative parents; and the childhood best friend she is expected to marry, Charlie.
The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth
Kate Forsyth retells the Grimm brothers’ Beauty and the Beast as a historical novel set in Germany during the Nazi regime. It is a compelling and beautiful love story, filled with drama and intrigue and heartbreak, taking place between 1938 and 1943, in Berlin, Germany.
Ransacking Paris by Patti Miller
This is the story of Patti herself, and of spending a year writing and reading in Paris. It uncovers the truth and illusion, self-knowledge and identity—and evokes the beauty, the contradictions and the daily life of contemporary Paris.
The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan
Heather and Dave are about to have their very first child together and so they’ve purchased their dream home. However, without warning, their life falls apart and Heather feels herself delving into the depths of grief. An honest compilation of the feelings surrounding parent and child relationships.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
It starts with a simple barbeque with family friends. Six adults, three kids and a dog, nobody expected anything could go wrong. But two months later Clementine and Sam can’t help wondering what would have happened if they hadn’t gone.
The Pagoda Tree by Claire Scobie
Set in 1765 in the beautiful Indian city of Tanjore and following the life of a young girl, Maya, who is destined to become a temple dancer.
It Started With A Kiss by Lisa Heidke
When naturopath Friday’s life is shaken apart as her husband of 22 years announces the end to their marriage, she delves into a clandestine affair before her friend suggests setting her up for online dating. Will Friday be able to get her life back on track?
Goodwood by Holly Throsby
In the small town of Goodwood it’s impossible to keep anything to yourself. But when people from Greenwood start disappearing, 17-year-old Jean Brown and the rest of Goodwood are left puzzled, as the town descends into chaos and secrets are revealed.
A Sunburnt Childhood by Toni Tapp Coutts
In a memoir of her life growing up in the Northern Territory, Toni’s account of the rural nature of the Territory has drawn in readers. Her genuine depiction of the climate and lack of technology and her relationship with Aboriginal peoples gives the tale a tender feel.
Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders by Marina Go
Ulta-successful Marina Go, who was editor of Dolly magazine at the age of 23 and CEO of a major publishing conglomerate by her 40s, shares her top 20 success strategies targeted at female leaders. A must-read for any ambitious women in your life who want an awesome dose of inspiration.
The Good People by Hannah Kent
In County Kerry, Ireland 1825, Nóra Leahy who is just recently widowed and left childless, is entrusted with the care of her four-year-old grandson Micheál. But Micheál is unable to walk or talk and so she hides him from the mistrustful village people. Now it is up to Nóra to help Micheál speak again.