“Australia is about as far away as you can get. I like that.” —André Benjamin, American musician, also known as André 3000
Australian literature branched off in the 19th century to include Aboriginal issues, the land’s unique rural and urban contrasts, and Australia’s own social and political journey. Notable authors include novelists Nobel laureate Patrick White, Christina Stead, and Colleen McCullough; “bush poets” Henry Lawson and Banjo Peterson; historian Geoffrey Blainey; and cultural critics Germaine Greer and Clive James. Australian Red Room authors inlcude graphic novelist and cultural analyst J Marc Schmidt; thriller writer James Phelan; and American expatriate Magdalena Ball, who has set several of her books in her adopted country since migrating to New South Wales.
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