But this is the bit that struck me as a bit odd. Susan writes "If you happen not to like reading novels set in Australia, do not be put off in this case - it might be set anywhere. Australia does not intrude."
It had never occurred to me that readers would be put off if a novel was set in Australia. Of course, I'm a little biased about Australia, but I don't think I have ever rejected any novel because of its setting. I thought it was Australians who felt the cultural cringe.
So I invite you to comment on a couple of things.
- Have you read THE SPARE ROOM? Do you agree with Susan about its Booker potential? You might like to read what she says in full, and even comment on her blog.
I haven't read it, and I am so committed to crime fiction, that I may not ever get to it, but I am interested to hear what others have to say.
- How do you feel about novels set in Australia? Are you put off? If so, what don't you like about them?