Shortlist for the 2022 Indie Book Awards Announced!

Shortlist for the 2022 Indie Book Awards Announced!

Australian independent booksellers have announced their shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2022!

Launched in 2008, the Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate this country’s incredible literary talent and who better to nominate and judge the best-of-the-best than indie booksellers – the ultimate champions of great Australian writing!

The Category Winners and the Overall Book of the Year Winner will be announced at a virtual awards event on Monday 21 March 2022. Click here for more information.

The Shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2022 is below. Did your favourite reads of 2021 make the list?


Treasure and Dirt by Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin)

Devotion by Hannah Kent (Picador Australia)

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy (Hamish Hamilton Australia)

The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia)


Love Stories by Trent Dalton (Fourth Estate Australia)

Who Gets to Be Smart by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)

Toxic: The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry by Richard Flanagan (Penguin Australia)

Larrimah by Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson (Allen & Unwin)


When Things Are Alive They Hum by Hannah Bent (Ultimo Press)

We Were Not Men by Campbell Mattinson (HarperCollins Australia)

Love & Virtue by Diana Reid (Ultimo Press)

The Silent Listener by Lyn Yeowart (Viking Australia)


Where the River Bends by Jane and Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Australia)

Still Life by Amber Creswell Bell (Thames & Hudson Australia)

Garden Like a Nonno by Jaclyn Crupi (Affirm Press)

Costa’s World by Costa Georgiadis (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)

Click here for the full list.


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  1. Jane O’Hara says:

    Thrilled Treasure and Dirt has been short listed! Congratulations to Chris Hammer.

  2. kay Backman says:

    I am reading Trent Dalton’s Love Stories in Non Fiction and my next read is Devotion by Hannah Kent so pleased that these two are on the list

  3. Brenda Callaghan says:

    Congratulations Chris Hammer.
    Loved Treasure and Dirt.
    Fingers crossed for you 🙂 xx

  4. Robyn Balmer says:

    I am glad that Chris Hammer’s “Treasure and Dirt” made the list. All his books are wonderful. He’s a top author.

  5. Christine says:

    Devotion was the best book of the year!

  6. Janine Ramsay says:

    Delighted to see Once there were Wolves on the list ..loved it

  7. Jenny Elvins says:

    The two Hannahs take my vote. Thrilled for them both. Exceptional books

  8. Doreen Heslop says:

    My must read list is now much longer. Retiring Thursdsy so will have the time.
    Absolutely loved Trent Dalton’s Love Stories, cried and laughed and cried some more