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ABIA 2014 book awards shortlists announced, website launched

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the shortlists for the book award categories in this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards.

The shortlisted titles are:

International book of the year

  • The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt, Abacus)
  • And the Mountains Echoed (Khaled Hosseini, Bloomsbury)
  • The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton, Granta)
  • Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  •  I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai, Orion)


General fiction book of the year

  • Elianne (Judy Nunn, William Heinemann)
  • Watching You (Michael Robotham, Sphere)
  • The Husband’s Secret (Liane Moriarty, Pan)
  • The Tournament (Matthew Reilly (Macmillan)
  • The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion, Text)


Literary fiction book of the year

  • Barracuda (Christos Tsiolkas, A&U)
  • Eyrie (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Night Guest (Fiona McFarlane, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Burial Rites (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan, Vintage)


General nonfiction book of the year

  • The Good Life (Hugh Mackay, Macmillan)
  • Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia (David Hunt, Black Inc.)
  • On the Trail of Genghis Khan (Tim Cope, Bloomsbury)
  • Stalking Julia Gillard (Kerry-Anne Walsh, A&U)
  • Murder in Mississippi (John Safran, Hamish Hamilton)


Illustrated book of the year

  • The Food of Vietnam (Luke Nguyen, Hardie Grant)
  • The New Classics (Donna Hay, HarperCollins)
  • Love Italy (Guy Grossi, Lantern)
  • I Quit Sugar (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)
  • Gurrumul (Robert Hillman, ABC Books)


Biography of the year

  • A Long Way Home (Saroo Brierley, Viking)
  • Ponting: At the Close of Play (Ricky Ponting, HarperSport)
  • Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia’s Most Notorious Legend (Peter FitzSimons, William Heinemann)
  • The Crossroad (Mark Donaldson, Macmillan)
  • Madness: A Memoir (Kate Richards, Penguin)
  • Everything to Live For (Turia Pitt with Libby Harkness, William Heinemann)


Book of the year for younger children (0 to 8 years)

  • The Very Brave Bear (Nick Bland, Scholastic Press)
  • Rules of Summer (Shaun Tan, Lothian Children’s)
  • The 39-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris (Kate Knapp, HarperCollins)
  • Alphabetical Sydney (Hilary Bell & Antonia Pesenti, NewSouth)
  • Kissed by the Moon (Alison Lester, Viking) 


Book of the year for older children (8 to 14 years)

  • The Kensington Reptilarium (NJ Gemmell, Random House)
  • WeirDo (Anh Do, Scholastic Press)
  • Alice-Miranda in Paris (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • The Last Thirteen Book 1: 13 (James Phelan, Scholastic)
  • Ranger’s Apprentice Book 12: The Royal Ranger (John Flanagan, Random House).


The APA has also launched a new website for the awards at, and the awards can be followed on Twitter (@ABIA_awards) and on Facebook here.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, there have been a number of changes to this year’s awards, with International Book of the Year to be presented for the first time (replacing the award for International Bestseller of the Year), as well as awards for National Book Retailer of the Year and Online Book Retailer of the Year.

The shortlists for the business award categories and the winners in all categories will be announced on Friday 23 May in Sydney.



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