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The Summer Read 2015-16

The Summer Read program celebrates local books and sunny days – the competition is now closed for 2015–16 but you can still head to a public library to borrow one of the recommended books!

The Summer Read competition is now closed for 2015–16.

Celebrating Victoria as a centre for writing, books and readers, our summer reading program focuses on books set in Victoria, about Victorians or by Victorian authors. The competition invites you to share your favourite book, with prizes up for grabs for recommending a great read.

Winners of the 2015–16 Summer Read program have been announced:

First prize (a pack of 50 Victorian books): Patrice from Wodonga      
Second prize (a pack of 30 Victorian books): Nicole from Brunswick      
Third prize (a pack of 20 Victorian books): Liz  from Sunshine     
Runners-up (packs of 10 Victorian books): Ruth from Mount Martha, Wendy from Macedon, Helen from Hastings, Toni from Moorabbin, Christy from St Kilda, Susan from Deer Park, Janine from Mallacoota, David from Benalla and two anonymous entries.

2015–16 Summer Read books

  • The unbroken line by Alex Hammond
  • Between us: Women of letters curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire
  • Certain admissions by Gideon Haigh
  • Hello, beautiful! Scenes from a life by Hannie Rayson
  • Please don't leave me here by Tania Chandler
  • Dangerous games by Larry Writer
  • Leap by Myfanwy Jones
  • Bad behaviour by Rebecca Starford
  • The secret son by Jenny Ackland
  • Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown

Top 20 recommended reading

Finished the 2016 Summer Read titles and looking for another great book to read?

Find inspiration in the top 20 recommended titles submitted by readers during the 2015–16 Summer Read competition:

  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Burial rites by Hannah Kent
  • Reckoning: A memoir by Magda Szubanski
  • All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
  • The eye of the leopard by Henning Mankell
  • The eye of the sheep by Sofie Laguna
  • A little life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Big little lies by Liane Moriarty
  • The eye of the tiger by Wilbur Smith
  • Ghost River by Tony Birch
  • The dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
  • Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
  • Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healey
  • Forever young by Steven Carroll
  • Island home: A landscape memoir by Tim Winton
  • Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
  • Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
  • The book thief by Markus Zuzak
  • The golden age by Joan London
  • The husband's secret by Liane Moriarty