Susannah Fullerton

Explore the wonderful world of literature

Come with me on a literary journey

Enjoy the wonderful world of literature through talks, travels and books with Susannah Fullerton, Sydney’s best-known literary historian and lecturer.

Susannah brings to life the lives and works of great writers in her fascinating and unique Video Talks, entertaining live and Zoom talks, popular books and Discerning Readers’ Guides. She is in constant demand for her knowledgeable and personable presentation style and is Australia’s most requested leader of literary tours to the UK, Italy, Ireland, USA and Europe.

You’ll just love listening to her talk about her favourite people. In fact, you’ll believe that she knew them all personally and is introducing you to her friends.

Susannah is President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, the largest literary society in the country, President of the Friends of Ethel Turner Society, Patron of the Kipling Society of Australia and Lady Patroness of the International Heyer Society.

Susannah Fullerton is the complete package! She is articulate, competent, knowledgeable, entertaining, versatile and a born storyteller who excels in bringing literature alive. Sit back, relax, learn and be entertained.”
Christine H

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'Notes From A Book Addict' Newsletter

Susannah shares all that she loves about literature at the moment.

With meticulous attention to detail, Susannah seeks out literary treasures to share.

In her highly acclaimed, completely free, once-a-month newsletter, Notes from A Book Addict, Susannah shares all that she loves about literature at the moment. You’ll hear about important anniversaries, receive reading recommendations, discover the magic of a poem, find out about films and TV programmes based on classic works, and much, much more.

When you become a member of Susannah’s monthly email group she’ll welcome you with a FREE GIFT. Simply subscribe to receive one email each month, and select any of Susannah’s Video Talks completely free of charge.

Thank you, once again, Susannah for the pleasure of your literary passion and great knowledge.”
Brian D

Susannah's Video Talks

If you care about classic and important literature, let Susannah be your guide.

Susannah is Sydney’s best-known speaker on famous authors and their works.

Every one of Susannah’s video talks is a real treat! You’ll enjoy her entertaining lecture style illustrated with lots of informative images. Her talks both instruct and entertain. Her meticulously researched and enthusiastic presentations bring her subjects vividly alive, in fact, you’ll feel that she actually knew her subject personally.

Join Susannah in an exciting armchair journey and get to know some incredible people, a classic book, or take a tour to important literary locations around the world. Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an entertaining experience.

These video talks are just fantastic, Susannah. I was so entertained and learned a huge amount. I think my favourite was Trollope, but they were all wonderful. Please keep them coming – more and more!”
Amanda J

Books & Spoken Word CDs

Unlike other research books, Susannah’s works are just right for popular readership.

Susannah has published many articles and books, most notably, about Jane Austen’s work.

Susannah’s writing style is easy and enjoyable to read, her books are packed with meticulously researched information and innovative views. Both academic and accessible, her writing has been praised by biographer Claire Tomalin, crime writer Reginald Hill and Jane Austen expert Maggie Lane.

An expert on Jane Austen, Susannah’s books include 4 titles about her work. In her highly popular, Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia, readers follow the footsteps of several famous writers to discover what they did and thought when they arrived on the antipodean continent, and two audio CDs complete Susannah’s collection.

A superb book, packed with revelations, insights and wonderful stories. I could not put it down.”
Anthea S

Talks, Lectures & Events

“Oh I wish I had had somebody like you teaching Literature when I was at school.”

Susannah is Sydney’s best-known speaker on famous authors and their works.

Susannah’s talks give her audience the experience that she actually knows an author personally. Her meticulously researched and illustrated presentations vividly describe the life and times of an era to bring her subjects alive. She tells people all the juicy details and how incidents in their lives might have affected what they wrote, and she includes biographies or critical works to read for those who wish to explore further.

Susannah is a registered speaker for ADFAS (The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) and travels Australia giving presentations to these groups. She is interviewed regularly on ABC radio and has appeared on TV interviews.

An extremely able, informed and entertaining lecturer who has perfected a balance between visual aids and the spoken word.”
Chester P

I must tell you that at our branch of ADFAS you were voted best lecture for 2019!”
Diana L

Travel with Susannah

Every day brings a different highlight and a new thrill.

Explore the places and discover the people behind the books on a literary tour with Susannah.

A literary tour brings together very special people – people who read, who delight in the power of words, who have rich imaginations, who love history, and who have a sense of adventure. Visiting places connected with literature brings the excitement of recognizing homes and landscapes long familiar to the imagination, of connecting loved novels and poems with the lives and environments of the authors and seeing firsthand the countryside they described.

An ASA Literary Tour led by Susannah includes visiting world-wide destinations to interest anyone who loves literature. In gardens, ruins, castles, villages, churches and graveyards you will discover the effect of the environment on a writer and investigate the role played by a sense of place in literary creation.

Susannah, through her great knowledge, enthusiasm and love of literature made this tour something quite special. Being immersed in the places, the history, and the life experiences that led to some of the greatest literature of our time was a joy and an experience that will stay with me forever.”

The Discerning Reader

There is always so much more to a book than just its narrative.

If you have enjoyed Susannah’s talks, you’ll hear that same voice in her writing.

You too can be an enlightened, discerning reader with Susannah’s printable guides to great literature. Each of these unique guides will provide you with a far richer understanding of an enduring book than you would get by just reading it on your own – Susannah guarantees it.

Susannah’s selected books are all easily accessible and anyone can find and read them. But, as Susannah shows, there’s always so much more to a book than just its narrative. Susannah’s guides help you consider the various characters and their actions, analyse the themes, learn what motivated the author, and give you background insight.

With links for further exploration, they’re great for book clubs!

All the books this year have been a joy. Your reading list has made me concentrate on good, solid storytelling – such a joy for people who don’t enjoy chic lit. I love stories which make me want to read them again.”
Lorna C

Ethel Turner and Woodlands

The ‘home’ of Seven Little Australians

In honour of a remarkable Australian author

In 2021, a new literary group was launched in Sydney – the Friends of Ethel Turner. The launch took place at the stately house named Woodlands, located in the northern Sydney suburb of Killara, in NSW, Australia.

In 1893, within the state heritage-listed walls of this house, a young woman named Ethel Turner penned what was to become Australia’s most popular and never out of print children’s novel, Seven Little Australians.

Before purchasing Woodlands, the present owners had no idea the house was where one of Australia’s most famous children’s authors wrote her most successful novel. Now, these generous and far-sighted Australians are doing something really wonderful to mark Ethel Turner’s achievement and honour and preserve a classic Australian story.

Get in Touch

Susannah loves to share her passion for great works of literature.

Let Susannah be your literary guide, contact her here.

Susannah Fullerton, OAM, FRSN, is a leading authority on 19th and 20th-century writers with a special interest in Jane Austen. She brings to life the lives and writings of great writers in her fascinating round of entertaining talks and is Australia’s most requested leader of literary tours around the world. She has been president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, the largest literary society in the country, for over 25 years.

Please feel free to contact Susannah to book a speaking engagement for your next function, to receive Notes From A Book Addict, go on a tour, purchase a book, video talk, or a Discerning Readers’ Guide, to learn more about the Jane Austen Society of Australia, or simply if you just need help with a literary query. She’d love to hear from you and will get back to you straight away.

Thanks, Susannah, for your lovely newsletter, it just gets better and better each time! I’ve read it all and clicked on every link. I recommend it to all my literature-crazy friends and look forward to the next and the next and the next.”
Marisa C

“Thank you for your emails and video lectures, they have saved my lockdown.” ― June