Winners of the 2024 Indie Book Awards Announced!

Winners of the 2024 Indie Book Awards Announced!

Australian independent booksellers have announced Killing for Country: A Family Story by David Marr (Black Inc) as the best book from the last year, and the winner of the Indie Book Awards 2024 Book of the Year.

The Book of the Year is voted by independent booksellers across the country from the six category winners. Bookseller judge Meera Govil from Eltham Bookshop described Marr’s book: “Killing for Country as a brave and bold book that records a story that has rarely been encountered by readers.”

On winning the Award, David Marr said: “This is an extraordinary honour. Thank you for choosing Killing for Country as book of the year. It began as a confession and ended five years of work with my collaborator and partner Sebastian Tesoriero as a history of the conquest of the country. That the independent booksellers have recognised our work in this way means a great deal to us. You are true friends to writers across the country. Thank you.

The Awards recognise and celebrate indie booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian authors. What makes our Indies uniquely placed to judge and recommend the best Aussie books of the past year to their customers and readers, is their incredible passion and knowledge, their contribution to the cultural diversity of the Australian reading public by recommending books beyond the big brands, and their love of quality writing.

The individual category winners in Fiction, Debut Fiction, Non-Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Children’s and Young Adult were also announced. From these six category winners, the independent booksellers selected the best of the best – the 2024 Book of the Year.

The winners of the 2024 Indie Book Awards are:

BOOK OF THE YEAR

Killing for Country: A Family Story by David Marr (Black Inc.)

FICTION

Edenglassie by Melissa Lucashenko (University of Queensland Press)

NON-FICTION

Killing for Country: A Family Story by David Marr (Black Inc.)

DEBUT FICTION

The Visitors by Jane Harrison (Fourth Estate Australia)

ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION

The Bird Art of William T. Cooper by Wendy Cooper (National Library of Australia)

CHILDREN’S

The Impossible Secret of Lillian Velvet by Jaclyn Moriarty (Allen & Unwin Children’s)

YOUNG ADULT

Welcome to Sex by Dr Melissa Kang & Yumi Stynes (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)

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            Publisher details

            Killing for Country
            Author
            David Marr
            Publisher
            Black Inc.
            Genre
            Non Fiction
            Released
            03 October, 2023
            ISBN
            9781760642730

            Synopsis

            A gripping reckoning with the bloody history of Australia's frontier wars

            David Marr was shocked to discover forebears who served with the brutal Native Police in the bloodiest years on the frontier. Killing for Country is the result – a soul-searching Australian history.

            This is a richly detailed saga of politics and power in the colonial world – of land seized, fortunes made and lost, and the violence let loose as squatters and their allies fought for possession of the country – a war still unresolved in today's Australia.

            David Marr
            About the author

            David Marr

            David Marr is the multi-award-winning author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic and The High Price of Heaven, and co- author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He is also the author of two previous bestselling biographical Quarterly Essays: Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd and Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott.

            Books by David Marr

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