13 May 2016 | Uncategorised

Australian autumn literary quotes

Bright colored leaves on the branches in the autumn forest.

It is autumn in Melbourne, and to celebrate this beautiful, colourful season I have found ten autumnal quotes from Australian books. My post of summer quotes used books that were published a while ago – this collection of autumn quotes are from recently published books. I’ve put the title, author and publication date at the bottom of the post in case you want to guess where the quotes came from. My favourite is the seventh one!

  1. The school assembly hall was on the second floor of the building and had a huge balcony that ran all the way along the side with big glass sliding doors that revealed a glorious view out to sea. Today all the glass doors were slid open, allowing the crisp autumn air to flow through. (The hall did get a bit stuffy when all the doors were closed, with all the farting children, perfumed Blonde Bobs and their lavishly cologned husbands.)
  2. Autumn skips quickly into winter; the change is faster than any they’ve known before and it seems that there are only two seasons here instead of four: just hot and dry or cold and wet.
  3. One autumn afternoon, when the days were beginning to mellow, dusk starting to drift into the garden earlier, filling the air like smoke and making the green of the grass and the glossy, thick hydrangea leaves more intense, Heloise grew fretful in her mother’s absence.
  4. It was getting dark and there was still rain close by; she could smell it. Gusts of wind pushed papers in the gutter into a whirl. Dead leaves clogged the drains. The beach and the surf and the golden days of summer seemed a long way away.
  5. An early autumn sun, warm for the season, shone over the footy oval while a light breeze skipped here and there – meaning that there’d be no wind advantage for either side.
  6. But now the bright autumn afternoon is closing over right in front of us. The blue has all but gone, leaving the air dank and grey. Colours take on an unnatural, almost spooky, intensity in that dim light.
  7. In fact, I bet everyone feels that goodbye feeling in autumn, especially. Autumn is the sad season, but once there’s a true sadness within you, autumn will sing it soft and slow in your heart. It’s because of the turning. In that last blaze of red, in the biting air and the slow drift and fall of leaves, you see the slight farewell that life is always repeating. You know you can’t hold it still. You watch it go.
  8. Beyond the stable were an orchard and a vegetable patch. The apple trees were laden with fruit. Rose climbed into the lower branches and picked a large, juicy apple, sinking her teeth into it. Maybe I could fetch my new book, and read it here, under the tree in the autumn sunshine, she thought.
  9. Within days of the funeral, within hours, Ettie was back in the garden. That autumn she extended up the gully on the other side of the pool meeting native gorse with stands of azaleas.
  10. Every year, without fail, the robins disappeared for several weeks at the end of autumn, though she still didn’t know where to, or why.

Which quote was your favourite?














1. Big little lies, Liane Moriarty, 2014

2. The other side of the world, Stephanie Bishop, 2015

3. The strays, Emily Bitto, 2014

4. The war bride, Pamela Hart, 2016

5. Footy dreaming, Michael Hyde, 2015

6. The convent, Maureen McCarthy, 2012

7. How to make a bird, Martine Murray, 2003

8. Meet Rose, Sherryl Clark, 2011

9. The orchard, Drusilla Modjeska, 1994

10. Nest, Inga Simpson, 2014

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The descriptions are inspiring. I can see all these colors, smell the fresh air. These emotions are what bought me back to Victoria. Autumn readies you for the stripped trees and grey skies of Winter. I like number 6.

May 13, 2016 at 7:45 am


Ooh number 7. is my favourite. Number one reminded me of Big Little Lies, which I really enjoyed so I’m hoping my memory is surprising me with finding that image familia. Am I right? The Strays is on my to read list and somehow I have copy of The orchard waiting to be read.

May 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Karen Comer

    Hi Emily, you’re right – the first one is ‘Big little lies’. Happy reading with ‘The strays’ and ‘The orchard’.

    May 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Terri Dixon

I am an Autumnal person, love Autumn in Melbourne and love Autumnal colours. I am also a footy person so my vote is for No. 5.

A few reminders of books I have been meaning to read too. I have just purchased “The Nest” and there are a couple of others on my “wishlist”.


May 13, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Karen Comer

    Well, soak up all the footy in autumn, Terri! And let me know what you think of ‘The nest’ when you’ve finished it.

    May 13, 2016 at 6:21 pm


Oh yes, number 7 is gorgeous! And recognised The Strays and The Other Side of the World. Did you enjoy Nest?

May 13, 2016 at 7:28 pm

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