Today the Australian book industry celebrated its annual night of nights in true COVID-19 form, with an online ceremony. The 2020 ABIA Awards were held live on Youtube, where winners were toasted, writers celebrated, and history made.
For the first time ever, a children’s book won Book of the Year, with Bluey: The Beach (Penguin Random House Australia, Puffin) taking out the top award.
ABC Kids’ Bluey is Australia’s most popular children’s television show about a family of Aussie heelers. Produced by Brisbane-based Ludo Studio, it recently won an International Emmy Kids Award celebrating the world’s best content for young viewers. It’s the most-watched program in the history of ABC iview, has won a Logie Award, AACTA award and two Screen Producers Australia awards, and now, to add to that impressive list of accolades, Bluey: The Beach won the prestigious ABIA Book of the Year award.
Other winners include:
- Kitty Flanagan has taken out the General Non-Fiction Book of the Year for her hilarious anti-self-help book, Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life.
- Biography Book of the Year went to AFL legend Neale Daniher who has inspired millions with his courageous battle against Motor Neurone Disease, for When All is Said & Done with Warwick Green.
- A memoir also took out The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, awarded to Clare Bowditch, Your Own Kind of Girl.
- Behrouz Boochani has received another award for his journal-memoir, tapped out on a mobile phone from Manus Island, winning Audiobook of the Year for No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison.
- General Fiction Book of the Year went to Heather Rose for Bruny.
- Literary Book of the Year went to The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
- Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12) went to perennial favourites Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton for The 117-Storey Treehouse.
And Helen Garner was presented with the Lloyd O’Neil Hall of Fame Award for outstanding contribution to the Australian Book Industry by Leigh Sales and Michael Heyward.
To name a few.
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