Well, there’s an award for those books and this year Better Reading is helping with the judging.
The Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) is an annual award that according to MUBA’s website, “aims to shine a light on some of the outstanding titles produced by small and independent Australian publishers that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues when first released.”
Better Reading director Cheryl Akle is one of three judges of the final prize winner. The judges were chosen “for their bookish integrity, passion and commitment to the Australian publishing world.”
This year’s MUBA shortlist was announced this week and the shortlist is:
Isabelle of the Moon and Stars by S.A. Jones (UWA Publishing)
The Grapple Annual Number 1 edited by Duncan Felton (Grapple Publishing)
Funemployed, Life As An Artist in Australia by Justin Heazlewood (Affirm Press)
The winner of the 2015 MUBA will be announced on the night of Friday 20 November, at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.
Past winners of the award include: A Wrong Turn at The Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson, published by Transit Lounge (2014), Fish-Hair Woman by Merlinda Bobis, published by Spinifex Press (2013) and inaugural winner The Cook by Wayne Macauley, published by Text Publishing.