I’m thrilled to have been invited to participate in Book’d Out’s Australia Day blog hop, an initiative aimed at promoting Australian authors, and by extension the entire book industry – publishers, booksellers, bloggers and of course readers.

Unfortunately, Australian novels don’t always sell on our own shores as well as those by foreign authors. A look at the bestseller lists will usually tell the story. We have some amazing authors, writing in lots of genres. Many of them are authors on the list of participants in this blog hop.

Read them, love them, value them. The pool of talent in this county, in all areas of the industry, is amazing!


As part of the blog hop I’m giving away two signed sets of my first two books, Rotten Gods and Savage Tide, posted anywhere in Australia.

All you have to do is tell me, in the comments section below, about one Australian novel that you read and loved, and maybe changed your life in some way. Word limit: 100 words.

I’ll choose my two favourite entries and announce the winners by 12 Noon on Sunday January 31. Entries close at Midnight on Wednesday January 27th.

Prizes will be sent to Australian addresses only but residents from other countries can enter and will be sent links for ebook equivalents instead.


Now get on over and check out all the other goodies on offer at:


  1. Thanks for the chance with the giveaway Greg! I read The Lost Cave of Corinna by Greta Kerschbaum, and although it might be viewed as a middle school book or young YA, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only was it a fantastic story that has stayed with me for a long time, but it opened my eyes to what we are doing to our native wildlife and environment. I highly recommend everyone read it. 🙂

  2. THE DAUGHTERS OF MARS by Tom Keneally was an amazing read. A gripping and beautifully written book that opened up my eyes about so much of Australia’s involvement during WWI.

  3. Thank you for the oppotunity to win some great books through your giveaway Greg :-). My choice of an Australian book that has changed my life is actually an Australian children’s picture book – Possum Magic by Mem Fox. I first read it while training to be an Early Childhood Teacher and ever since I love sharing the book each year with a new classroom of enthusiastic students. I love how it can bring a love to reading at any early age and build an appreciation of the great things Australia has to offer (animals, national icons, traditional food fare).

  4. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

    Melina Marchetta’s Looking for Alibrandi was perhaps not quite life-changing, but it was the first time I saw myself and my family in a book, and that was something pretty special for me. And no, my family isn’t quite like that (all happy families are alike, but dysfunctional families are all uniquely dyfunctional!), but the whole Italo-Australian experience, and the gossip-chain of the Zias, oh my yes. That was familiar.

  5. I can’t say I’ve read a book that is life changing but a couple of years ago I read Rachel Amphlett’s “Under Fire”. This book got me thinking about Australian authors and indie authors now 80% of my reading would be Australian authors.

    1. Thanks Veronica, I’ve read one of Rachel’s books too, called White Gold. She’s a good example of an Indie author who’s doing things the right way, with great covers, careful editing and very readable books. I’m glad she switched you on to Australian authors, so I’d better buy her a drink next time I see her 🙂

  6. I read To Love A Sunburnt Country by Jackie French and it took me days to get over that book. POW camps are something we hear about but don’t really know a great deal about so to read Jackie’s story about Nancy and a Japanese POW camp was such a moving experience for me. Her historical novels are wonderful and I always seem to learn something new.

  7. Hi Greg
    You know, I can’t think of a book that changed my life, but I will say, Savage Tide changed the way I think about the Middle East situation, terrorism, and the ‘mind-set’ of what I’d call ‘extremism’… so in that respect, your books have made me rethink many accepted views. Savage Tide in particular had me considering the way of life for people who try to live a normal life (according to them) when surrounded by such terrorism, war, hate, and poverty in regions of the world that I know so little about (bar what is in general media – which doesn’t go deep enough!)
    xx I have read both the books you mention so don’t worry about me being in the draw. Just wanted to drop by.

    1. That’s so lovely of you to say, Lily. Thank you. I know you’re a genuinely nice person because it comes through in your books. Maybe one day we’ll even get to meet 🙂

  8. Hi Greg. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Your books sound fantastic!

    I really enjoyed Laurinda by Alice Pung. It could be because I have two neices in Australian girls schools and the book gave me quite an inside look, albeit fictional, of the traditional Australian education system. Anyway, I enjoyed it so much I’m now reading Pung’s Her Father’s Daughter.

    Thanks again and Happy Australia Day!

    1. Hi Steph, I’ve been an Alice Pung fan since I heard her speak at a Writers Festival in 2011. I’ve read Her Father’s Daughter and loved it so I’d better give Laurinda a go too. Thanks for taking the time to enter.

  9. ‘When You Wake & Find Me Gone’ by Maureen. McCarthy was first given to me when I was 12. I devoured it and have since credit this book with being the one that kick started my obsession with reading. I love just about everything to do with it. The characters. The setting. Everything. I constantly reread it even now.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter 🙂

  10. I haven’t read books any that have changed my life, but I have read books that have left a lasting impression. For me, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman left an impression. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a parent myself, but the situation the main character faces — in helping his wife he loves or doing what he knows to be the right thing — kept me riveted.

    Thanks for being a part of the blog hop 🙂

  11. I fell in love with Caroline Overington when I first read Matilda is Missing. I love crime books but as this story was set in Australia I felt I could relate to the story more than usual. An emotional read, involving a story of a missing child. It was so captivating I couldn’t put it down.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I read Checkers by John Marsden in high school and it blew me away. No spoilers, but that book, oh my gosh. I didn’t know people were allowed to do that in novels. From then on I wanted to be an author and do to other people what John Marsden did to me with Checkers.

    1. I’ve read a couple of John Marsden’s books, and he’s a top-notch writer. I don’t know if any Australian writer would have more devoted fans than him. Thanks for your thoughts!

  13. Thanks for all the entries, everyone. I’ll have a read over the weekend and pick my two favourites. I’ll post the winners here by Sunday at noon and get the prizes out on Monday. Happy reading.

  14. Hi everyone,

    It was hard to choose just two entries, because I liked them all, but I’ve chosen Catherine’s entry (Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta) and Amy (Checkers by John Marsden). Please email your full names and postal addresses to me at and I’ll get the books in the post for you.

    And to all the entrants,thanks again for putting down your thoughts so eloquently. I can tell that, like me, you are true book lovers.

    Best regards


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