Brona’s AusReadingMonth Bingo

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Brona’s AusReadingMonth Bingo, November 2019

Australian reading bingo’s in the past, I have dealt with by waiting until the end of the period in question and then filling the squares with books I have read during the previous 12 months. On that basis, this is as close as I could go today to filling in Brona’s Bingo card (by setting, rather than by home state of author), and closer than I expected:

NT     Alexis Wright, Tracker (here)
Tas    Krissy Kneen, Wintering (here)
Vic    Peggy Frew, Islands  (here)
Free Claire Coleman, The Old Lie (here)
WA    Alice Nannup, When the Pelican Laughed (here)
Qld    Anne Gambling, The Drover’s De Facto (here)
NSW David Ireland, The Unknown Industrial Prisoner (here)
ACT   TAG Hungerford, The National Game (short story here)

I chose Claire Coleman for “Free” because I got to it first, but as I scanned my reviews I must say I was tempted by Behrouz Boochani, No Friend but the Mountains (here) and Rosaleen Love, The Total Devotion Machine (here). I’m sorry about the empty SA. The last I can remember reading, and I recommend it, is Cassie Flanagan Willanski’s, Here Where We Live (here) from 2016. Though I did review Joseph Hawdon’s Journal of a Journey from NSW to Adelaide (in 1837) a year and a week ago (here).

Brona made a list of suggestions for non-fiction (it’s apparently also Non fiction November) and for poetry. I could, surprisingly!, get half way round the country with poetry (by going back more than one year):

Vic     Allan Wearne, The Nightmarkets  (here)
WA    Green & Kinsella, False Claims of Colonial Thieves (here)
NSW  Alison Whittaker, Blakwork (here)

and probably more than halfway with Indigenous authors, Science Fiction, and maybe even Journals. But here is a suggested reading list, because it fits in with the general theme of this blog, for Pre-1950s Women:

NT    Mrs Aeneas Gunn, We of the Never Never
Tas   Tasma, What an Artist Discovered in Tasmania (short story, here)
SA     Catherine Helen Spence, Mr Hogarth’s Will (here)
Vic    Eve Langley, The Pea Pickers  (here)
Free Catherine Martin, An Australian Girl (here)
WA    Katharine Susannah Prichard, Working Bullocks
Qld    Rosa Praed, Lady Bridget in the Never Never Land (here)
NSW  Eleanor Dark, Waterway (here)
ACT   Miles Franklin (Brent of Bin Bin), Ten Creeks Run (here)

Yes, I had to cheat a bit with that last, but Miles’ heroes and heroines ride backwards and forwards through what later became the ACT to get from their properties to Goulburn and on to Sydney. (See also my post Miles Franklin, Canberra, the Griffins). And there’s plenty more pre-1950s women in my AWW Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 3 pages.

As for what I’m actually planning to read, I currently have Elizabeth Jolley’s Milk and Honey on the go (WA), I should do another David Ireland (NSW), I’ve just purchased Charlotte Woods’ Weekend, without knowing what state she’s from, and I would love to come up with another Marie Munkara (NT). Unfortunately I chose the audiobooks for my current trip without thinking about Brona, but I have listened to The Rosie Result (Vic) which I’ll review as soon as I get a day off.


Currently Reading:

Elizabeth Jolley, Milk and Honey
Lily Brett, Just Like That
Mike McCormack, Solar Bones

18 thoughts on “Brona’s AusReadingMonth Bingo

  1. Gosh, I’m impressed. I read an awful lot of OzLit but I don’t think I could make my way round the states either by author or setting.
    But I have read SA, both author and setting: Peter Goldsworthy’s new novel Minotaur.
    I’ll have a look and see how I get on…I’m really, really tired at the moment: I gave in to medication for dreadful hay fever (which I don’t usually get) and then was kept awake all night by the meds. (And that’s the one that warns me about drowsiness, heavens knows when i could sleep if I took the other one).


    • Thank you. I certainly don’t read as much as you, not even as much Australian. I hope you feel better during the day, maybe if you take time to do what the government is forever telling truckies: have a nap.


  2. Thank you for such a detailed response Bill.

    I confess I have never completed a BINGO reading card before, but it was suggested to me as a good thing to include for my AusReadingMonth. So my expectations for how people might join is was based on absolutely nothing. I had thought it might encourage the choices people made for what to read during November, but I hadn’t even factored in a retrospective filling in on the card – what a great idea!! So thank you again for showing me another possibility – you are a gem Bill 🙂

    I will add your post to the linky and welcome post so others can be inspired by your efforts.


  3. You guys use abbreviations the same way we do for states, and I wonder, “Doesn’t he know I don’t know what any of those abbreviations mean?!” And then I think, “Oh yeah, he doesn’t know all the 50 states in abbreviations either. My bad.”

    Happy Halloween!

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  4. I see on Facebook my grandchildren are all dressed up and eating far too many lollies. Given the way Master 10 reacts to sugar and artificial colouring I anticipate a bad day for his mother. You’re right about the states of course. Here we often say the initials rather than the name. But I’m used to and like the American custom of always attaching the state to the town – Paris Texas is everyone’s favourite- so I can generally recognize the state codes, at least in context.


  5. Thanks Bill for this post that has inspired me to
    fill in a few bingo cards for Brona’s #AUSReadingMonth 2019!
    I wonder how many states I can ‘tick-off” on the card.
    I’ll do my best!


    • Good luck. You might follow Lisa’s lead and read novellas. For WA that might be The Newspaper of Claremont Street by Elizabeth Jolley. Your ‘Bingo’ response to Brona leads to a request: Would you like to read The Pea Pickers for AWW Gen 3 Week in January?

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      • Bill, I was planning on making 2020 my year of NON-FICTION reading…exclusively!
        Can you find me a non-fiction book for AWW GEN 3 ? I’d be happy to participate!


      • Nacy, I think my no.1 suggestion for Gen 3 non-fiction would be The Great Australian Loneliness (1937) by Ernestine Hill which I see is available for kindle. Then, there are biographies of Daisy Bates, Goodreads lists a few, and I would suggest Daisy Bates in the Desert: A Woman’s Life Among the Aborigines (1995)
        by Julia Blackburn (which I haven’t read). See my post for more on these two women. I would suggest Miles Franklin’s life of Joseph Furphy which I reviewed a year ago, but I can’t imagine it would be available.

        More as I think of them.


    • I think he’s suggesting Nettie Palmer’s book called Australian Literature Nancy?

      Sorry Bill, I’m in my usual catchup mode. I’m a bit discombobulated by this BINGO. Do I do settings or place of writing? Do I do books I’ve read anytime or just in the month. I feel completely uncertain about what’s expected. I’ll check Brona’s blog and see if I can work it out from there.


      • Sue: Lisa and I have expanded what is possible with Brona’s bingo card, as you will no doubt already have seen from what Brona has written. I filled out the card with my past year’s reading because I could but I certainly intend to read specifically for Brona during November, and probably I will use home state of author, although we will see.

        Nancy, Sue is right, Nettie Palmer wrote a history of Australian Lit., though where it is on my shelves right now I couldn’t say, certainly not with other Nettie Palmers. I’m just home and I’ll answer you at length shortly.

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      • Thanks Bill. I think most of my November reading will be Aussie (though it mostly is anyhow) but I won’t be reading specifically for the Bingo as I’ll just be reading whatever is next on the queue!


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