5 local authors to read this autumn

By Lana Guineay

Summer may be over, but consolations include autumn drives in the Adelaide Hills, endless pots of tea, clothes that resemble blankets, and most importantly: books.

Long autumn weekends between the covers just got even easier. We’ve compiled a list of 5 talented South Australian authors to add to your book stack, paired with cosy Adelaide reading spots.

1.  Hannah Kent, The Good People.

The follow-up to the SA writer’s multi award-winning debut Burial Rites, the novel follows the story of a widow in 1825 Ireland as she struggles to find a cure for her grandson who has been struck down by a mysterious inability to speak – and is feared by the superstitious community as a fairy changeling. Lyrical, unsettling and atmospheric.

The reading spot: grab a blanket and spend a leafy afternoon at Mount Lofty Botanical Garden (fairies not included).

Autumn at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Autumn at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

2. Ali Cobby Eckermann, Inside my Mother

Adelaide-based indigenous poet and writer Ali Cobby Eckermann has been making headlines recently as one of only eight recipients of one of the world’s richest literary awards, the Windham-Campbell Prize. Eckermann’s most recent collection of 73 poems continues her powerful work exploring the Stolen Generations, the personal and the political.

The reading spot: choose from over 100 different teas at Zen House Teahouse. Find a cosy table, order a steaming pot – just add rain.


3. James Bradley, The Silent Invasion

Jump into the first book this YA trilogy and get ready for aliens, suspense, a dystopian future…and to ignore your significant others until you’ve finished the book. Addictive reading, for adults and teens alike.

The reading spot: An open fire in a cosy pub where you won’t be disturbed (by anything other than the plot).

4. Rebekah Clarkson, Barking Dogs

Take a fresh look at Mount Barker with Clarkson’s novel told through short stories. Described as a “compelling, slow-burning portrait of a town in the midst of major change as it makes the painful transformation from rural idyll to aspirational suburbia”. This is Adelaide suburbia, but not as you know it…

The reading spot:  Wine bar Locavore, on Mount Barker Road, naturally.


The Mortlock Wing, State Library of South Australia

5. Pip Williams, One Italian Summer

Not quite ready to admit that summer is over? Transport yourself from crisp Adelaide to the Tuscan summer (for less than the cost of a round-trip) with this family travel memoir set in Italy. Perfect autumn reading and a last blast of sunshine.

The reading spot: the stunning, “secret” reading room at the State Library, the Mortlock Wing.

Now it’s your turn: what South Australian authors are on your autumn reading list? And where’s your favourite reading spot? Let us know on Facebook.