How odd. Of the seven books I scored highest for 2020 (unexact science though it is), only one was written by an Australian author.
- Casey Cep Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. (2019)
- Jeff Sparrow Communism: A Love Story (the one Australian book) (2007)
- Julia Blackburn Time Song: Searching for Doggerland (2019)
- Hilary Mantel The Mirror and the Light (2020)
- Nino Haratischwili The Eighth Life: (for Brilka) (2014, in translation 2019)
- Robert Penn Warren All the King’s Men (1946)
- Marlon James The Book of Night Women (2009)
The gender divide was pretty even: four women, three men. Four fiction, three non-fiction. Four written in 2019 or 2020, three written earlier. Three of them (Mantel, Haratischwili and Warren) were door-stoppers. Perhaps in this very strange year, there was something to be said for burrowing into a very long read.