Episode 6: Desert Island Reads

Good Librations podcast episode 6

What book would YOU want with you on a desert island?

We asked library and Kiama Community Radio staff what their desert island reads would be and got some surprising answers!

In this episode we look at some of our all-times faves and why we love them so!


Shelf-absorbed (books we reviewed)

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


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Shelf-important (things we mentioned)

General references:

6 Benefits of rereading books (over ... and over) to kids 

People Underestimate How Fun It Is to Do the Same Thing Twice

Doesn’t Everyone Reread Their Favorite Books All the Time?

Why Reread Books? The Pros and Cons of Rereading

These Are The 15 Most Re-Read Books, According To Goodreads

Books on holidays: What are you reading this summer?

The 10 Books Readers Said They'd Want Most If They Were Stranded On A Desert Island

What book would author Hannah Kent take to a desert island?

10 authors pick their desert island reads

The Ultimate Summer Beach Reads



  • The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • Devotion by Hannah Kent
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • Little Women by Louisa Alcott
  • The Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend



  • Alone
  • Cast Away


TV Shows:

  • The Wilds

I just can't help my-shelf (more please)

Goodreads: Choosing Your Vacation Books: Our Readers Share Their Advice

Kiama Community Radio



  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The History of the English-Speaking Peoples by Winston Churchill
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  • The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman
  • Book of Dust series by Phillip Pullman
  • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Maryann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  • The Last Summer by Steve Kluger
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  • The Bible
  • The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
  • Collected Short Stories by Somerset Maugham
  • The Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  • The Orchard by Drusilla Modjeska
  • Gilead by Maryanne Robinson
  • The Cats Table by Michael Ondaatje
  • Yellow Notebook by Helen Garner
  • One Day I’ll Remember This by Helen Garner
  • How to End a Story by Helen Garner



  • Ken Follett
  • Terry Pratchett

Shelf-obsessed (further reading)

  • Ultimate Road Trips: Australia by Lee Atkinson
  • The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin
  • An Almost Perfect Holiday by Lucy Diamond
  • The Family Travel Handbook: Everything you need to know to take unforgettable trips with your children by Imogen Hall
  • The Classic Road Trip (CD) with Russell Torrance
  • Man vs. Wild: Push the Limits (DVD) with Bear Grylls
  • Holiday (cookbook) by Bill Granger
  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Maryann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  • The millionaire castaway: the incredible story of how I lost my fortune but found new riches living on a deserted island by David Glasheen with Neil Bramwell
  • Island on the Edge of the World by Debra Rodriguez