Australian Book Industry Awards 2017 – Shortlist Announced

Australian Book Industry Awards 2017 – Shortlist Announced

Australian Book Industry Awards 2017 – Shortlist Announced

79-one-who-got-away-minOne of the most significant events in the book publishing calendar is the announcement of the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) and today the 2017 shortlist has been revealed, with winners announced on 25 May at gala event at the Art Gallery of NSW, featuring 2016 gold ABIA-winning author, actress and comedian Magda Szubanski as MC.


We’re delighted to see many of our previous books of the week and highly recommended titles on the list including Caroline Overington’s The One Who Got Away, Melissa Ashley’s The Birdman’s Wife, and Fiona McIntosh’s The Chocolate Tin, nominated for General Fiction.


There are so many wonderful titles nominated in all the categories and, as Benny Thomas, Chair of the 2017 ABIA book judging panel said, ‘This year the judging panel was thrilled with the quality of the submissions received. What was truly outstanding was the passionate commitment Australian publishers have towards their authors, and the quality of books submitted this year reflected that commitment. Not only do Australian publishers nurture and deliver new and exciting authors, but they take a long term view that supporting authors through highs, and lows, leads to great rewards – this was truly evident in this year’s outstanding shortlist.’


And in exciting news, for the first time, the fastest-growing book publishing segment in the world is acknowledged with an ABIA for Audiobook of the Year.


The complete 2017 ABIA Shortlist is:


xthe-chocolate-tin-jpg-pagespeed-ic-i6po69jjufGeneral Fiction Book of the Year

  • Truly Madly Guilty , Liane Moriarty, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  •  The Chocolate Tin , Fiona McIntosh, (Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House)
  • The One Who Got Away , Caroline Overington, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)
  •  The Dry , Jane Harper, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Birdman’s Wife , Melissa Ashley, (Affirm Press)




xvictoria-the-queen-jpg-pagespeed-ic-5h2xhyqqxqBiography Book of the Year

  • Songs of a War Boy, Deng Adut and Ben Mckelvey, (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • Life As I Know It , Michelle Payne and John Harms, (Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne Un
    iversity Publishing)
  • The Hate Race, Maxine Beneba Clarke, (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
  • Working Class Boy , Jimmy Barnes, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Victoria , Julia Baird, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)




The Weekly Top 10 Non Fiction Bestsellers

General Non-fiction Book of the Year

  • Talking to my Country, Stan Grant, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape, (Wrightbooks, John Wiley & Sons)
  • Girl Stuff 8-12, Kaz Cooke, (Viking, Penguin Random House)
  • The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin destroyed their own Government, Niki Savva, (Scribe Publications)



xthe-good-people-jpg-pagespeed-ic-lfqhciezvzAudiobook of the Year

  •  Fight Like A Girl , Clementine Ford (Audible Studios, Audible Australia)
  • Make It Happen: Live Your Best Life , Michelle Bridges (Audible Studios, Audible Australia)
  • The 78-Storey Treehouse , Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Narrator Stig Wemyss (Bolinda audio, Bolinda Publishing)
  • The Good People , Hannah Kent, Narrator Caroline Lennon (Bolinda audio, Bolinda Publishing)
  •  True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, David Hunt (Audible Studios, Audible Australia)


  • Illustrated Book of the Year
  • The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle , Kayla Itsine, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Smith & Daughters: A Cookbook (That Happens to be Vegan) , Shannon Matinez & Mo Wyse, (Hardie Grant Books, HardieGrant Publishing)
  • Penguin Bloom , Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive, (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Basics to Brilliance , Donna Hay, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • New York , Megan Hess, (Hardie Grant Books, Hardie Grant Publishing)


International Book of the Year

  • Commonwealth , Ann Patchett, (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury)
  • HarrNorth Watery Potter & The Cursed Child , J.K. Rowling, (Little Brown, Hachette Australia)
  • The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet , Michael Mosley, (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries From a Secret World , Peter Wohlleben, (Black Inc., Schwartz Publishing)
  • The North Water , Ian McGuire, (Scribner, Simon & Schuster Australia)


  • Literary Fiction Book of the Year
  • The Good People , Hannah Kent, (Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos , Dominic Smith, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • An Isolated Incident , Emily Maguire, (Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Goodwood , Holly Throsby, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Between a Wolf and a Dog , Georgia Blain, (Scribe Publications)


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  • Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year
  • The Dry , Jane Harper, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Midnight Watch , David Dyer, (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)
  •  Fight Like a Girl , Clementine Ford, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Music and Freedom , Zoe Morrison, (Vintage Australia, Penguin Random House)
  • Goodwood , Holly Throsby, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)




Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years)

  • Circle , Jeannie Baker, (Walker Books, Walker Books)
  • The 78 Storey Treehouse , Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Mr Chicken Arriva Roma , Beck & Matt Stanton, (Allen & Unwin Children’s, Allen & Unwin)
  • Charlie and the War Against the Grannies , Alan Brough, (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • What Do They Do With All the Poo from All the Animals at the Zoo? , Anh Do and Simon Mello, illustrated by Laura Wood (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)


Bone Sparrow Slider-minBook of the Year Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years)


    • Wormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue , Judith Rossel, (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)
    •  The Bone Sparrow , Zana Fraillon, (Lothian, Hachette Australia)
    • Artie and the Grime Wave , Richard Roxburgh, (Allen & Unwin Children’s, Allen & Unwin)
    • Words in Deep Blue , Cath Crowley, (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
    • WeirDo #7 Mega Weird!, Anh Do, illustrated by Jules Faber, (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)


    • Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year
    • Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru , Madeline Gleeson, (NewSouth, NewSouth Publishing)
    • Saltwater , Cathy McLennan, (University of Queensland Press)
    • Position Doubtful: Mapping Landscapes and Memories, Kim Mahood, (Scribe Publications)
    • Poum and Alexandre , Catherine de Saint Phalle, (Transit Lounge, Transit Lounge Publishing)
    • The Australian Native Bee Book , Tim Heard (Sugarbag Bees


    • Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year
    • My Sister is a Super Hero , Damon Young, illustrated by Peter Carnavas, (University of Queensland Press)
    • The Secrets We Keep , Nova Weetman, (University of Queensland Press)
    • Steve Goes to Carnival , Joshua Button and Robyn Wells, (Magabala Books)
    • Crabbing with Dad , Paul Seden, (Magabala Books)
    • Even Mummy Cries , Naomi Hunter, illustrated by Karen Erasmus (Empowering Resources)


    For more information visit the ABIA website

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