I am not sure what the last book I read by an Australian author was, but I do remember reading Jessica Rudd's Campaign Ruby last time I was on a long haul flight and anticipate Ruby Blues will get me through part of my next one. While unashamed to refer to her novels as chick lit, I read an article by Jessica today that gave another interesting perspective on her writing:
"Writing commercial women’s fiction about politics is, to my mind, as serious a business as it gets. Why can’t a discussion of democracy and all its woes thrive in the context of wardrobe malfunctions and dating dramas as much as it does in the sexual escapades and sporting prowess of commercial men’s fiction? The fact is, if we want more women to get involved in politics and to have strong voices in the public policy process, we have to make it relevant and accessible."
Happy Australia Day readers!