To celebrate our centenary last month we ran a competition to give away 100 books, which understandably drew a huge response! Our question for entrants was about who their favourite A&U authors were, so before we announce our lucky winner here’s our TOP TEN AUTHORS voted for by YOU.
By a huge margin, with over three times the votes of her next nearest challenger, you clearly hold Jodi Picoult in high regard!
Well we do too, and are super excited that in less than one month we can bring you her latest novel Leaving Time!
2nd: Kerry Greenwood
Our top Australian author on the list, and one of our most loved ones too. Kerry has delighted fans with her Phryne Fisher series (amongst others) and thanks to the appeal of the TV series her standing continues to grow worldwide.
3rd: J.R.R. Tolkien
Firstly with The Hobbit and then with the Lord of the Rings series, J.R.R. Tolkien played a key part in our history and success for much of the last century and is a worldwide favourite. Earlier this year we celebrated the anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring, which was first published 60 years ago, and his popularity lives on strongly today with new generations.
4th: JK Rowling
An international sensation with Harry Potter, it is no surprise to see JK Rowling on this list. We helped Bloomsbury bring Harry Potter to the masses in Australia and continue to do so – we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the debates surrounding the new look covers we’ve recently distributed to bookshops nationwide!
Joint 5th: Roald Dahl, Garth Nix & Christos Tsiolkas
We were Roald Dahl’s first UK publisher for his children’s books way back in 1967, and his success certainly played a part in our own. Hugely popular with young and old, it’s no wonder that Roald Dahl made our top five along with two very contrasting authors.
Two home grown talents, Garth Nix and Christos Tsiolkas have sold millions worldwide, and it is no surprise to see them so far up this list. For those who voted, they’ll be glad to know they both have new books coming soon.
Just next week we get the latest in Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series with prequel CLARIEL being published (read about the design of the stunning new covers here).
And in November, you can expect a wonderful collection of writing with Merciless Gods from Christos Tsiolkas – tackling all the things he does so well such as love, sex, death, family, friendship, betrayal, tenderness, sacrifice and revelation. This selection of short stories is certainly one to savour later this year.
8-10th: Kate Morton, Neil Gaiman & Maeve Binchy
Rounding off the rest of the top ten was an international feel, led by one of Australia’s favourite authors Kate Morton, who won Booktopia’s poll of favourite Australian authors in 2013, then followed by the prolific Neil Gaiman (look out for a string of new books from him in November) and an old favourite Maeve Binchy.
Our big prize WINNER
So, we have one winner of ONE HUNDRED BOOKS (plus an extra one, with the addition our special limited edition hardback history) worth over $2,500, and five runners up who will also receive our hardback history. Huge congratulations to our winner…
AMELIA THEODORAKIS of Melbourne
For her favourite A&U author she chose Charlotte Wood, and as part of her answer said:
Her fiction is literary and beautifully written, her characters are real and flawed and enchanting. ‘Animal People’ is my favourite work from Wood. She somehow manages to make her middle-aged, no-hoper protagonist a human being readers can relate to and care about.
We couldn’t agree more, and we’re sure Amelia will be delighted to hear that Charlotte will have another book due next year which we can’t wait for!
Our runners up:
Congratulations also goes to our five runners up…
- Anna Spargo-Ryan, VIC
- Gabrielle Callaghan, QLD
- Judy Steel, VIC
- Kim Morrison, WA
- Harriet Pocock, NSW