Desert Island Books – The Footy Almanac reading List


What a great list of Desert Island Books recommended by our fabulous readers. There is everything from The Bible to The Communist Manifesto, to titles from out of left field, and many favourites from childhood, especially Enid Blyton.


Australian authors fared well, particularly Peter Temple and Tim Winton, and crime novels are also very popular with our readers.


With Christmas coming up and you’re looking for a special book for the reader in your family something from the list below may be just what you are looking for.


The list is in alphabetical order by author.


100 Australian Poems You Need To Know – Phillip Adams (ed)
Asimov’s Foundation series

Asimov’s Guide To The Bible In 2 Volumes

Books by Isaac Asimov

Jane Austen for literary romance and insight into Georgian gender relations



Between the Lines podcast run by Scottish publisher Backpage Press

Best of Hugh McIlvanney; Dutch football; bios of legendary Celtic manager Jock Stein: Backpage Press

Works of David Baldacci

Fully Automated Luxury Communism – Aaron Bastani.

Famous Five Series –  Enid Blyton

Secret Seven Series – Enid Blyton

The Shield Of Achilles’ – Phillip Bobbit



Hinges of History – Thomas Cahill

The Hero With a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell
The Outsider – Albert Camus

Illywhacker – Peter Carey

True History Of The Kelly Gang – Peter Carey

The Tales of Don Yuan – Carlos Castaneda

Well World Series – Jack Chalker

Books by Sir Arthur C Clarke

Crime books by Michael Connelly featuring Harry Bosh and Mickey Halley Junior

Nostromo – Joseph Conrad



The Master of the Twist on the Twist namely Jeffrey Deaver – especially his masterpiece The October List.

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha – Miguel de Cervantes

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Sand and Golf: How Terrain Shapes the Game – Tom Doak & George Waters

Four Iron to the Soul – Lawrence Donegan

Fortune – Robert Drewe

Chronicles: Volume 2 – Bob Dylan.



Middlemarch – George Eliot



Slow Tracks – Jude Fitcher.

The Birth of Melbourne – Tim Flannery.

The Footy Almanac 2017 and 2019 editions

Richard Ford’s Sportswriter Series



Careless Love – Peter Guralnick

Last Train to Memphis –  Peter Guralnick



Power Without Glory – Frank Hardy

The Stainless Steel Rat Series – Harry Harrison

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

The Tall Man – Chloe Hooper

Biggles Books –  Capt. EW Johns especially the World War 1 stories and a couple of the World War 2 books, Biggles Sweeps the Desert – Capt. EW Johns

Biggles in the Orient – Capt. EW Johns



Ned Kelly: a Short Life – Ian Jones.

Ulysses – James Joyce


Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

A Great Notion –  Ken Kersey.


Poms to Premiers – History of the Central District Football Club 1959-2009 – Robert Laidlaw and Robin


John Le Carre  – the Smiley books


The Road – Cormac McCarthy

The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop (First Edition) – Ian McFarlane

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engels.

The Grundrisse – Karl Marx.

I am Ned Kelly – John Molony.


The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney – Henry Handel Richardson,


I like Spots – Dr Seuss

Complete Works: Wm Shakespeare

Kill For Collingwood – Richard Stremski


Anything by Peter Temple

Jack Irish Series – Peter Temple

Truth – Peter Temple



March of Folly – Barbara Tuchman



The Tree of Man – Patrick White

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Shepherd’s Hut – Tim Winton

The Turning – Tim Winton

The World Book Encyclopedia



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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. David Hughes says

    The Grapes of Wrath – Steinbeck
    The Old Man and the Sea – Hemingway

  2. Monty Wedd’s award winning graphic novel “NED KELLY”. It’s a superb work that collects all his strips from one of the old magazines -Women’s Day or something like that i believe. Monty’s attention to detail and his art work is truly fabulous – GREATLY RECOMMENDED.

  3. And if you do a ‘best read of the year’ I’d nominate Educated by Tara Westover.

  4. Well done Col. It looks like a mighty fine book shelf, a damn big one at that, well worth having.

    Fisho; Monty Wedd ? A name i’ve not heard for a while.


  5. Glen, Monty Wedd was, in my humble opinion, one of the very best if not best, of the Australian comic strip artists. He was really big in the fifties and was the artist for “Dollar Bill” when we changed to decimal currency. Besides his work on Ned Kelly he also wrote and drew another fantastic strip “Bold Ben Hall”. In his later years he ran an Australiana museum in NSW. After his death after not that many yeas ago, his son has continued the museum.

    Monty was well known for his “Captain Justice” series about an Australian masked vigilante in the bushranger period.He also produced an extremely popular series “The Scorpion” that was banned in QLD after 9 issues. The Scorpion was criminal and master of disguise. The work was banned as, although many of his plots were foiled, The Scorpion always escaped capture. Even my father loved this work and was extremely disappointed when the series was forced to close.

  6. That’s one hell of a book shelf, Col

  7. Paul Spinks says

    Yes, an exhaustive library, Colin, worthy of many deserted island sojourns.

    PS: I gave up on correcting my spelling errors etc, but… unless ajc is reading, I think we’re safe.

  8. Earl O'Neill says

    Helluva list. I’ve read 29 of those authors.

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