The Australian Publishers Association has announced the longlist for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) and we’re thrilled to see so many of our favourite titles of 2019 made the list.
More than 250 publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives have voted for books published in 2019 across 12 categories. A shortlist will be released on Thursday 9 April, with winners announced at the publishing industry’s night of nights on 29 April.
Better Reading is excited to be sponsoring the Book of the Year Award… we can’t wait to see which titles will be on that. But in the meantime, we’re thrilled with the titles in all the categories. So many of our favourites have made the cut.
General Fiction Book of the Year award.
- Bruny, Heather Rose (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
- Call Me Evie, J.P. Pomare (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
- Cilka’s Journey, Heather Morris (Echo Publishing, Echo Publishing)
- Good Girl, Bad Girl, Michael Robotham (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
- Peace, Garry Disher (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
- Silver, Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
- The Scholar, Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
- The Wife and the Widow, Christian White (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)
Across the categories for children’s books, the longlisted titles for Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12) are:
- Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!, Tim Flannery (Hardie Grant Egmont, Hardie Grant Egmont)
- Funny Bones, Edited by Kate Temple, Jol Temple and Oliver Phommavanh (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
- How to Make a Movie in 12 Days, Fiona Hardy (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)
- Real Pigeons Nest Hard, Written by Andrew McDonald , Illustrated by Ben Wood (Hardie Grant Egmont, Hardie Grant Egmont)
- The 117-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Pan Macmillan Australia, Pan Australia)
- The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, Sami Bayly (Hachette Australia, Lothian Children’s Books)
- Under the Stars, Lisa Harvey-Smith, Mel Matthews (illustrator) (Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne University Press)
- Young Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)
The ABIA longlist is a fantastic reading full of titles you’ve already read, and those you need to add to your TBR pile.