This list is of standout reads from 2016, grouped into categories with no attempt whatsoever at an arbitrary number and in no particular order.
Favourite Australian Books (Crime Fiction)
The Dry by Jane Harper is set in Rural Australia, a pitch-perfect telling of farming life affected by drought and isolation, infected by suspicion and the damage that leaping to convenient conclusions can inflict.
Roger Rogerson by Duncan McNab is a story for readers who aren't even particularly aware of, or interested in Roger Rogerson himself. The tale of how he remained untouchable for so many years is truly astonishing.
Six Four by Hideo Tokoyama is a most unusual novel packed with seemingly pointless detail, and obsessed with the annoying daily necessity of dealing with upper echelons and idiotic press packs. Until it quietly transforms into something else.