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Karly Lane selects Five Books of Influence

On November 19, 2013


Karly Lane lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Proud mum to four beautiful children and wife of one very patient mechanic, she is lucky enough to get to spend her day doing the two things she loves most - being a mum and writing stories set in beautiful rural Australia. Karly is the bestselling author of North StarMorgan's Law and Bridies Choice. Her latest book, Poppy's Dilemma has just been released.

Karly joins us today to select her five most influential books.

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

I was obsessed with this story at an early age. I can remember my best friend and I in primary school planning our future which consisted of buying a sheep station and marrying hunky shearers. While that dream didn’t quite eventuate, I remember reading the book later, in my teen years and falling in love all over again with this Australian family saga. At the heart of this saga is a romance that spans a life time. Romance is something I’ve found I need to have in a book.

Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews

How I was allowed to read this novel when I was about thirteen, I have no idea, but it was an eye opener! It began my collection of V.C Andrews books for many years to follow.

V.C Andrews was right up there with Danielle Steel in churning out copious amounts of books. I love that their back lists go on forever! I must go back and re-read some of these again.

Ice Station by Matthew Reilly


This book was amazing. Reilly creates a white knuckle ride from the first till the very last page. His books read like an action movie—on crack. But beware, he’s one of those authors who has no hesitation in killing off characters and not shy about doing so in extremely gruesome ways! He’s one of my all-time favourite authors. I love military themed books and although Reilly’s books don’t really have any romance element, the characters he creates are complex and realistic and so likeable that I can forgive him for not having romance in them.

1915 by Roger McDonald

This book was probably one of the first stories that sparked my love of military and Australian history. This and Gallipoli, by Peter Hart. I loved that these stories showed us the war through the eyes of boys from the bush. He shows us the initial excitement which captivated thousands of young Australian men to travel to far off exotic lands and fight for their brand new nation only to discover the horror of war that would change them and our country forever.

Animal Farm  by George Orwell

This book freaked me out in high school and still does to this day, but it was memorable and any book that can still have the power to unsettle you so many years later, must be doing something right!

Using animals who staged a revolution against a human farmer, was a powerful way to show the similarity of mankind throughout history, succumbing to abuse of power and privilege. I still can’t look at pigs in quite the same way as I did before I read this book.

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