The Summer Read

Each year, the Library runs a summer reading program that celebrates Victoria as a centre for writing, books and readers.

Focusing on books by Victorian authors, set in Victoria or about Victorians, the Summer Read invites you to enjoy a great read and share your favourites.

For details of featured authors appearing at libraries throughout Victoria during April, May and June, see the Summer Read author tour.

2014 Summer Read titles

  • The battle for Lone Pine: four days of hell at the heart of Gallipoli by David W Cameron
  • A world of other people by Steven Carroll
  • Sisters of Spicefield by Fran Cusworth
  • Love with a chance of drowning:  a memoir by Torre DeRoche
  • The memory trap by Andrea Goldsmith 
  • Blood witness by Alex Hammond
  • Night games: sex, power and sport by Anna Krien
  • Is it just me? Confessions of an over-sharer by Chrissie Swan
  • Father Bob: the larrikin priest by Sue Williams
  • The swan book by Alexis Wright

Top 20 reading recommendations

Finished the 2014 Summer Read titles and looking for another great book to read?

We asked readers to recommend a favourite book for others to enjoy. The competition has now closed, with the winners receiving prize packs of Victorian books.

Here are the top 20 reading recommendations in the Summer Read 2014 competition:

  • Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
  • Bitter wash road by Garry Disher
  • Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
  • The book thief by Markus Zusak
  • Burial rites by Hannah Kent
  • Eyrie by Tim Winton
  • The fault in our stars by John Green
  • Game changer by Paul McNamee
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • The narrow road to the deep north by Richard Flanagan
  • Poetic paintings vol 1 by Lesley & Patrick Francis
  • Police by Jo Nesbø
  • Questions of travel by Michelle de Kretser
  • The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion
  • The secret keeper by Kate Morton
  • The street sweeper by Elliot Perlman
  • Utopian man by Lisa Lang
  • Walking on trampolines by Frances Whiting
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Summer Read author tour

Throughout April, May and June 2014, authors from this year’s Summer Read program will be appearing at participating libraries around the state. For more information, take a look at the library service websites via the links below.

Saturday 12 April 2014 – Torre DeRoche
Campaspe Regional Library

Monday 14 April 2014 – Fran Cusworth
Stonnington Library & Information Service

Wednesday 23 April 2014 – Fran Cusworth
Goulburn Valley Regional Library Corporation

Saturday 10 May 2014 – Alex Hammond
Mitchell Shire Library Service

Tuesday 13 May 2014 – Andrea Goldsmith
Goldfields Library Corporation

Wednesday 14 May 2014 – Father Bob
Frankston City Libraries

Tuesday 20 May 2014 – Alex Hammond
Maribyrnong Library Service

Tuesday 20 May 2014 – Father Bob
Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service

Wednesday 21 May 2014 – Andrea Goldsmith
Indigo Shire Libraries

Thursday 29 May 2014 – Fran Cusworth
Hobsons Bay Libraries

Thursday 5 June 2014 – Steven Carroll
East Gippsland Shire Library

Thursday 5 June 2014 – Fran Cusworth
Brimbank Libraries

Thursday 5 June 2014 – Andrea Goldsmith
Melbourne Library Service

Wednesday 11 June 2014 – Sue Williams
Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation

Monday 16 June 2014 – Alex Hammond
Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation

Tuesday 17 June 2014 – Andrea Goldsmith
Mornington Peninsula Library Service

Wednesday 18 June 2014 – Steven Carroll
Geelong Regional Library Corporation

Thursday 26 June 2014 – Alex Hammond
Wodonga Library