“We’ve seen such generosity,” she said. “The sheer scale of the thing is … a sign of how we’re all feeling about Australia at the moment. A mixture of devastation and determination.”
Ms Gale said some of the biggest auctions included Nick Cave selling one of his suits for $10,000, as well as Nevermoor author Jessica Townsend giving one lucky bidder the chance to have a character named after them in her next book for $3000. The biggest auction belonged to Good Weekend’s Konrad Marshall, who raised $40,000 after promising his top two bidders signed copies of his books as well as lunch with Richmond Football Club president Peggy O’Neal.
However, Ms Gale added that the majority of the auctions were held by writers who weren’t necessarily household names.
“While we [as authors] don’t earn big bucks we recognise that what we do has great value to individual book lovers,” she said. “We’ll continue to show Australia that we’re a crucial part of the restoration process – we’ll give our time, our books, our thoughts and our money to those who need it.”