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December 11, 2018

Prizes and Awards:


We have exciting news about some about some much-loved 2018 titles, as well as updates about a few great new books to add to our to-be-read pile (which, we know, is growing taller with each passing day).

Fabulous Indie Awards Longlist

The longlists for the 2019 Indie Book Awards for books published in 2018 has been announced and it’s filled with so many great reads it could almost double as your Christmas shopping list. 

Broken up into six categories – fiction, non-fiction, debut fiction, young adult, children’s, and illustrated non-fiction – there are ten titles longlisted per category.

The Indie Book Awards, coordinated by Leading Edge Books, were stablished in 2008 with the aim of rewarding the best Australian writing, and celebrating the enormous depth and range of literary talent in this nation.

Titles are nominated by independent booksellers from around the country, who are also members of Leading Edge Books. The award is incredibly unique, supporting new and emerging Australian writers, and fostering a love of quality writing.

For more information on the awards, and to view the full longlist, visit the website.

Voss Literary Prize Winner Revealed

A completely original novel about love, family secrets, and Jewish myths,The Book of Dirt, has won the2018 Voss Literary Prize.Bram Presser’s heart-warming story is about a grandson’s devotion to the power of storytelling and his family’s legacy.

The Voss Literary Prize is awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year, with Presser’s novel being selected from a shortlist of six. 

For more information about the prize, visit the website.


The Saturday Paper and cosmetics company Aesop have announced writer Daniel James as the winner of the $15,000 Horne Prize 2018 for his essay Ten More Days.

Chosen from a shortlist of five, James’ essay is an account of intergenerational trauma, praised by judges Erik Jensen, Marcia Langton and Suzanne Santos as ‘unique’ and ‘affecting’.

The essay will be published in the Saturday Paper on 22 December, and will also be available as a standalone publication in Aesop’s Australian stores for a limited time from the end of December.

That’s it for the week. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for future bookish news bulletins. 


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