Welcome to the ANZ LitLovers blog. It started out as a blog for an online reading group, and while it still retains its role as a portal to the group, its primary function now is as Lisa Hill’s ANZ LitLovers LitBlog (ANZLL) – where you can find reviews and commentary about literary fiction, classics and (less often) non-fiction from Australia and New Zealand. There are also regular blog posts about contemporary international fiction with a special interest in translations, and the classics.
Lisa Hill is a keen reader who lives in Melbourne, Victoria. Her natural habitat is a library. (She has one in her own home.) When not reading, she can be found buying, coveting, sorting, re-arranging, cataloguing, blogging or talking about books, with occasional trips overseas to admire other libraries.
These activities are interrupted only by having to go to work, but after a long career in teaching she has finally found a way of combining the two by working as a primary school librarian, necessitating reading books to 16 classes a week and more buying, coveting, sorting, re-arranging, cataloguing, blogging or talking about books. Not any more! I retired, at the end of December 2014.
Lately, Lisa has also found a way of meeting her favourite authors by doing the occasional book launch and chairing panels at Literary Festivals. Get in touch if you need someone who has, or definitely will (a) read the book or (b) know how to bring a panel together to talk about books.
(Just in case you were wondering if all this is really true, Lisa Hill is proud to wear the title Uber Cool History / Lit Geek)
This blog is maintained by Lisa Hill.
Ramblings, reviews, rants and raves are all by Lisa Hill unless otherwise noted.
I aim to be transparent about the reading choices I make. I don’t read to any agenda, I just read what appeals to me. But I track the gender of the books I review (look under Reviews in the drop-down categories box where the ratio usually hovers around 45% female 55% male) and because it’s come to my attention that female translated authors tend to be under-represented, there’s a special subset for translated fiction (trending up from 20% female 80% male). I also track the gender ratio of my Meet an Aussie/Kiwi Author profiles (hovering around 50/50, without any deliberate manipulation from me). I track indigenous authors separately too.
Publishers and authors wishing to submit books for review, please visit the Comments and Reviews Policy page, then use the Contact Form below to get in touch.
Transparency statement: I belong to Fishpond’s Affiliate Program. I receive a token commission if you buy a book using links to this bookseller, or if you visit Fishpond via the logo on the site and subsequently buy a book from them. Any commission received in this way contributes a modicum towards the ISP costs of the ANZLL website, towards the subscription that I pay to keep it free of other intrusive advertising, towards the exorbitant cost of posting books to my friends here and overseas and towards my compulsive book buying habits. For more information, see my post about this.
To support Australian publishing, links to the Fishpond Affiliate Program go to Australian editions of the books as much as possible. This is to support local online suppliers of Australian and New Zealand books. Fishpond offers free postage on every order.
As of April 2014 I no longer have any affiliation with any international bookseller, and am progressively removing any remaining links from this site.
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The ANZ LitLovers reading group
ANZ LitLovers is an online reading group for Australian and New Zealand lovers of literary fiction. Members are keen readers of all ages who discuss books and book-related topics by email.
Members come from all over ANZ, but gatherings take place whenever the opportunity arises. Bookshops and writing festivals are popular venues.
ANZLL defines ANZ literature as any book of literary fiction written by a Kiwi or an Aussie, (including expats) or set in Australia or New Zealand. The group chooses mainly contemporary literary fiction, but includes a ‘classic’ choices and occasional international titles, and enjoys friendly and relaxed chat about other books we read as well.
Members nominate books for discussion, and vote at the end of each year. While it is not expected that everyone will join discussions for every title, all members are asked to contribute regularly to sharing their BBRLM (Best Book Read Last Month) and annual Top Tens.
ANZ LitLovers is a Yahoo reading group, and there is no cost to belong. Membership is by invitation, but enquiries from keen readers from Australia or New Zealand are welcome any time. If you’d like to join, contact
ANZ LitLovers Yahoo group history
After a long struggle with breast cancer, Kim died peacefully at home with her family on May 13th, 2005.
Kim was a very special person to us all. We loved her warm and generous spirit, her sense of humour,
her passionate opinions about the world’s injustices, and her wisdom.
Those of us who were privileged to know her will never forget her.
Gardenias were her favourite flower.
This one blooms in Lisa’s garden in memory of Kim.
This page was last updated on 28/7/15