Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet has been voted Australia’s favourite novel by the readers of Australian Book Review. Cloudstreet beat second placed The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, by a ratio of 3 to 1 votes.

The complete top 20 is

  1. Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
  2. The Fortunes of Richard Mahony – Henry HandelRichardson
  3. Voss – Patrick White
  4. Breath – Tim Winton
  5. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
  6. My Brother Jack – George Johnston   
  7. The Secret River – Kate Grenville
  8. Eucalyptus – Murray Bail
  9. The Man Who Loved Children – Christina Stead
  10. The Tree of Man – Patrick White
  11. My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin
  12. Monkey Grip – Helen Garner
  13. Dirt Music  – Tim Winton
  14. The Vivisector – Patrick White
  15. Picnic at Hanging Rock –  Joan Lindsay
  16. Remembering Babylon – David Malouf
  17. For the Term of His Natural Life – Marcus Clarke
  18. The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea – Randolph Stow
  19. Carpentaria – Alexis Wright
  20. The Slap  – Christos Tsiolkas

The article about the poll is in the February issue of Australian Book Review (place reservation) and is also available on the ABR website, along with the complete list of 290 nominated titles.