It may get less international attention than British or American literature, but Australian writing has a distinctive voice of its own.

According to the Australian government culture portal, language and literature in Australia have been influenced by “Aboriginal storytelling, convict tales and the desire by colonists to relate their experiences in a new country”

Australian publishers believe that local writing has flourished partly because of copyright laws which protect the local industry. Others complain that these laws mean books in Australia are expensive and that this discourages people from reading.

Australian authors fear that proposed changes to Australian copyright law will stop their books from being published in future. More from The Economist.

If you’re interested in reading more from Australian writers, take a look at the list of authors on this page, compiled by a book lover from Melbourne.

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About the author

Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.