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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2020 INDIE BOOK AWARDS



Australian independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books, are thrilled to announce their SHORTLIST for the Indie Book Awards 2020 for the best Australian books published in 2019!

The Category Winners and the Overall Book of the Year Winner will be announced at the Leading Edge Books Annual Conference Awards Dinner to be held on Monday 23 March 2020 in Brisbane, QLD.

Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate this country’s incredible talent and the role independent booksellers play in supporting and nurturing Australian writing.

Who will win in each category in 2020?

Who will take out the overall ‘Book of the Year’ Award?!

Without further ado…

The Shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2020:


FICTION

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett (Hachette Australia)

Bruny by Heather Rose (Allen and Unwin)

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White (Affirm Press)

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood (Allen and Unwin)


NON-FICTION

Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch (Allen and Unwin)

488 Rules for Life: The Thankless Art of Being Correct by Kitty Flanagan (Allen and Unwin)

Tell Me Why by Archie Roach (Simon & Schuster Australia)

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta (Text Publishing)


DEBUT FICTION

Wearing Paper Dresses by Anne Brinsden (Macmillan Australia)

Allegra in Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel (Macmillan Australia)

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean (Fourth Estate Australia)

Heart of the Grass Tree by Molly Murn (Vintage Australia)


ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION

The Lost Boys by Paul Byrnes (Affirm Press)

Finding the Heart of the Nation by Thomas Mayor (Hardie Grant Books)

The Whole Fish Cookbook by Josh Niland (Hardie Grant Books)

In an Australian Light edited by Jo Turner (Thames & Hudson Australia)


CHILDREN’S

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly (Lothian Children's Books)

Into the Wild: Wolf Girl, Book 1 by Anh Do, illustrated by Jeremy Ley (Allen and Unwin Children's)

The Tiny Star by Mem Fox & Freya Blackwood (Puffin Australia)

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe (Magabala Books)


YOUNG ADULT

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim (Allen and Unwin Children's)

Aurora Rising: The Aurora Cycle 1 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen and Unwin Children's)

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood (Text Publishing)

Monuments by Will Kostakis (Lothian Children's Books)


This is how it works. The twenty-four shortlisted books, the best titles of the year as nominated by Australian independent booksellers themselves, will be vying for the top spot as the Overall Indie ‘Book of the Year’. Panels of expert judges (all indie booksellers and avid readers) will choose the winners in the six book categories – Fiction, Debut Fiction, Non-Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Children’s books (up to 12yo) and Young Adult (12+). Independent booksellers from around the country will then vote to select their favourite book of the year from the six category winners.


Since the Awards inception in 2008, the Indies have a well-deserved reputation for picking the best of the best in Australian writing. Past Book of the Year winners have gone on to be bestsellers and win other major literary awards. Previous winners include: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton; Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, The Dry by Jane Harper; The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood; The Bush by Don Watson; The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan; The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman; All That I Am by Anna Funder; The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do; Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey; and Breath by Tim Winton.


The Awards recognise and celebrate the indie booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian authors. What makes our Indies uniquely placed to judge and recommend the best Aussie books of the past year to their customers and readers, is their incredible passion and knowledge, their contribution to the cultural diversity of the Australian reading public by recommending books beyond the big brands, and their love of quality writing.


The Indie Book Awards would like to gratefully acknowledge the 2020 Awards Sponsors: Simon & Schuster Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia, Affirm Press, Thames & Hudson Australia, Allen & Unwin, Text Publishing and Awards partner: Books+Publishing.