Which ones are the aussies? I've got the longlist (or most of it, not sure? Xmas gift), am churning through them (but stopped now, for the weekend papers).
It's ok. I dunno, I generally don't like Victorian things. The basic premise of 'it's a lot like Charles Dickens but not quite', I found a bit annoying, somehow. But the writing is good, the characters are ... ambiguous, you can see things either way ...
I didn't like it much at all. I kept reading and reading and thinking "surely something will happen soon to make me engage with at least one of the characters" but it was like The Magic Porridge Pot - I kept turning the pages and the damn thing just wouldn't stop. I just thought it was tedious - a shame, as she can clearly write.
I don't think there are a lot of Aussie writers I like. Um ... Peter Carey? He's ok, he gets published in Granta ... I read a long book once about someone going walkabout (I'm sure you can tell which one it was from that description ) which was alright.
I probably just haven't been exposed to enough of them.