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ABIA 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:
General fiction book of the year

  • Laurinda (Alice Pung, Black Inc.)
  • Lost & Found (Brooke Davis, Hachette)
  • Life or Death (Michael Robotham, Hachette)
  • Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan)
  • The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion, Text)

Literary fiction book of the year

  • Foreign Soil (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hachette)
  • When the Night Comes (Favel Parrett, Hachette)
  • The Golden Age (Joan London, Vintage)
  • Golden Boys (Sonya Hartnett, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Amnesia (Peter Carey, Hamish Hamilton)

General nonfiction book of the year

  • The Bush (Don Watson, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Wife Drought (Annabel Crabb, Ebury)
  • Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds and How They Changed the World (Tim Low, Viking)
  • Gallipoli (Peter Fitzsimons, William Heinemann)
  • This House of Grief (Helen Garner, Text)

Biography of the year

  • Never, Um, Ever Ending Story (Melly Meldrum, A&U)
  • Love Your Sister (Connie Johnson & Samuel Johnson, Hachette)
  • Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action (Bob Brown, Hardie Grant)
  • A Bone of Fact (David Walsh, Macmillan)
  • My Story (Julia Gillard, Vintage)

Older children (8 to 14 years)

  • Clariel (Garth Nix, A&U)
  • Withering-By-Sea (Judith Rossell, HarperCollins)
  • Alice-Miranda in Japan (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • Brotherband 5: Scorpion Mountain (John Flanagan, Puffin)
  • Friday Barnes 1: Girl Detective (R A Spratt, Random House)
  • Loyal Creatures (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)

Younger children (0 to 8 years)

  • Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach (Alison Lester, A&U)
  • Mr Chicken Lands on London (Leigh Hobbs, A&U)
  • The 52-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, Pan)
  • Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • The Last King of Angkor Wat (Graeme Base, Viking)

Illustrated book of the year

  • What a Croc! (Hachette)
  • New Feast (Greg & Lucy Malouf, Hardie Grant)
  • Community (Hetty Mckinnon, Macmillan)
  • Australian Art: A History (Sasha Grishin, MUP)
  • Anzac Treasures (Peter Pedersen, Murdoch Books)

International book of the year

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler, A&U)
  • Not That Kind of Girl (Lena Dunham, HarperCollins)
  • All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr, HarperCollins)
  • Yes Please (Amy Poehler, Macmillan)
  • Plenty More (Yotam Ottolenghi, Ebury)

Matt Richell award for new writer

  • The Tea Chest (Josephine Moon, A&U)
  • Lost & Found (Brooke Davis, Hachette)
  • Foreign Soil (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hachette)
  • Only the Animals (Ceridwen Dovey, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Here Come the Dogs (Omar Musa, Hamish Hamilton)

Small publishers’ adult book of the year

  • The Voice: My Story (Ray Warren, Black Inc.)
  • Australian Notebooks (Betty Churcher, MUP)
  • Diary of a Foreign Minister (Bob Carr, NewSouth)
  • A Murder Unmentioned (Sulari Gentill, Pantera Press)
  • How I Rescued My Brain (David Roland, Scribe)

Small publishers’ children’s book of the year

  • Captain Thunderbolt (Jane Smith, Big Sky)
  • A Secret Safe to Tell (Naomi Hunter, JoJo Publishing)
  • Tea and Sugar Christmas (Jane Jolly, NLA)
  • I Could Wear that Hat! (Ben Sanders, Thames & Hudson)
  • Sticks & Stones, Animal Homes (Tai Snaith, Thames & Hudson).

The winners will be announced on 21 May at a gala dinner in Sydney. For more information, visit the ABIA website here.



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