ABIA Awards 2019: All the Winners, All the Books

ABIA Awards 2019: All the Winners, All the Books

Awards have been announced, winners toasted, writers celebrated, ample libations shouted, hangovers earned, and history made… The Best of, The 2019 Australian Book Industry (ABIAs) were announced last night at a red carpet Oscars-for-the-bookish event in the Grand Ballroom of Sydney’s International Convention Centre, hosted by Casey Bennetto. The 2019 shortlist included some of the biggest names in the Australian book industry (which publishes over 7,000 new books annually) and this year’s winners are a top-shelf showcase of high profile authors and amazing new talent.

Trent Dalton cleaned up this year. Boy Swallows Universe broke ABIA records, being the first book ever to win four awards.

  • Book of the Year
  • Literary Book of the Year,
  • The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year
  • Audio Book of the Year (Wavesound, narrated by Stig Wemyss).

Behrouz Boochani won the General Non-Fiction Book of the Year for his memoir tapped out on a mobile phone from Manus Island, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (Pan Macmillan Australia), translated from the Farsi by Omid Tofighian.

Better Reading sponsored the General Fiction Book of the Year award, and the shortlist was filled with community favourites, all found on our Top 100. We’re thrilled that the award went to Holly Ringland for The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (HarperCollins Publishers).

The Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12) went to perennial favourites Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton for The 104-Storey Treehouse (Pan Macmillan Australia).

I could go on… a little like the after party did. Congratulations to all the winners listed below:

Australian Book Industry Award Winners 2019:

ABIA Book of the Year

  • Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers)

Biography of the Year Award (Sponsored by Borrow Box)

  • Eggshell Skull, Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)

General Fiction Book of the Year (Sponsored by Better Reading)

  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Holly Ringland (HarperCollins Publishers)

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year (Sponsored by Copyright Agency)

  • No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian (translator) (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Honourable Mention for Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • Any Ordinary Day, Leigh Sales (Penguin Random House Australia)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers)

Illustrated Book of Year

  • Family: New vegetable classics to comfort and nourish, Hetty McKinnon (Pan Macmillan Australia)

International Book of Year 

  • Less, Andrew Sean Greer (Hachette Australia)

Small Publisher Adults Book of the Year

  • Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Dr Anita Heiss (ed.) (Black Inc Books)

Small Publisher Children’s Book of the Year

  • Whisper, Lynette Noni (Pantera Press)

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year (Sponsored by Simpsons Solicitors)

  • Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers)

Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+)

  • Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds, Jeremy Lachlan (Hardie Grant Egmont)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12)

  • The 104-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6)

  • All the Ways to be Smart, Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys (Scribble Kids’ Books)

Audio Book of the Year 

  • Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton, Narrator Stig Wemyss (Wavesound)

Lloyd O’Neil Hall of Fame Award

  • Richard Walsh

Pixie O’Harris Award

  • Kathy Kozlowski

2019 Business Award Winners:

Publisher of the Year (Sponsored by Media Super)

  • Pan Macmillan Australia

Small Publisher of the Year (Sponsored by Ovato)

  • Affirm Press
  • Honourable Mention: Magabala Books

National Book Retailer of the Year

  • Booktopia

Independent Book Retailer of the Year

  • Mary Martin Bookshops 

Rising Star Award

  • Ella Chapman

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Publisher details

All the Ways to be Smart
Authors
Allison Colpoys, Davina Bell
Publisher
Scribe
Genre
Children’s Picture Book
Released
15 October, 2018

Synopsis

From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.‘Every page of this book in joyous, imaginative and life-affirming … All the Ways to be Smart is a celebration of what childhood can be, and it will likely become a classic.’ – LOUISE PFANNER, BOOKSELLER AND AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR OF THE ‘LOUISE BUILDS ...’ SERIES, BOOKS+PUBLISHING

Synopsis

Step inside. Don’t look back. Forward is the only way. His Dark Materials meets Mad Max in this unforgettable blockbuster adventure about the world between worlds.When a fierce quake strikes the remote island of Bluehaven, and her father disappears, Jane Doe is thrown headfirst into an epic quest to bring him home.But this ain’t no ordinary rescue mission. Her father is lost in a place between worlds; a dangerous labyrinth of shifting rooms, infernal booby traps and secret gateways. And Jane has to find him fast, because someone else is searching for him, too. A man who knows her father’s secrets. A man who has an army.With a pyromaniac named Violet and the enigmatic Hickory by her side, Jane is about to discover that this adventure is even bigger on the inside than it looks ...This is the blockbuster adventure the worlds have been waiting for.

Synopsis

“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me. “It's for people just like you.”I believed them. That was my mistake.There isn't anyone else in the world like me. I'm different. I'm an anomaly. I'm a monster.For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes… Subject Six-Eight-Four, 'Jane Doe', has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.Life at Lengard follows a strict, torturous routine that has never changed.Until now.When Jane is assigned a new-and unexpectedly kind-evaluator, her resolve begins to crack, despite her best efforts.As she uncovers the truth about Lengard's mysterious 'program', Jane discovers that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot …. And one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.#18 in the Top 50 Kids' Books 2019 - Older Readers
Jeremy Lachlan
About the author

Jeremy Lachlan

Jeremy Lachlan was born and raised in Griffith, country NSW, Australia. He completed his Honours degree in creative writing at the University of Canberra in 2004, and now calls Sydney home. As yet, he has won no writing prizes, but he did once take home $100 in a karaoke competition. He's super proud of this. He came up with the idea for Jane Doe and The Cradle of All Worlds while lost in the Cairo Museum. It is his debut novel.

Books by Jeremy Lachlan

Lynette Noni
About the author

Lynette Noni

Lynette Noni grew up on a farm in outback Australia until she moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and swapped her mud-stained boots for sand-splashed flip-flops. She has always been an avid reader and most of her childhood was spent lost in daydreams of far-off places and magical worlds. She was devastated when her Hogwarts letter didn't arrive, but she consoled herself by looking inside every wardrobe she could find, and she's still determined to find her way to Narnia one day. While waiting for that to happen, she creates her own fantasy worlds and enjoys spending time with characters she meets along the way.

Books by Lynette Noni

Allison Colpoys
About the author

Allison Colpoys

Allison Colpoys is a freelance book designer, illustrator, and a lover of pattern and typography. Previously she worked at Penguin Books Australia and has won a number of APA design awards, including the Young Designer of the Year award in 2009.

Books by Allison Colpoys

Davina Bell
About the author

Davina Bell

Davina Bell is the author of the Alice books in the Our Australian Girl series, which follow the story of a young ballerina growing up in WA in World War One.Born in Perth, Davina completed a law degree before moving to Melbourneto take up the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT University. She worked at Penguin for six years as an Editor and Senior Editor in the Young Readers Division, where she was lucky enough to collaborate with some of Australia's most talented creators of books for children.Davina now lives in the Margaret River region of WA's south-west, where she writes full time on the edge of a vineyard. Her first picture-book, The Underwater Fancydress Parade, was published in October 2014.

Books by Davina Bell

Andy Griffiths
About the author

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is a popular and award-winning author. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Melbourne. His creative partnership with Terry Denton includes bestsellers such as the Just series, The Very Bad Book and the Treehouse series. The 13-Storey Treehouse was the 2012 ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children.

Books by Andy Griffiths

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