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Indie Awards 2016 longlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the longlists for the 2016 Indie Awards.

The longlisted titles in each category are:


  • A Guide to Berlin (Gail Jones, Vintage)
  • Close Your Eyes (Michael Robotham, Hachette)
  • Hope Farm (Peggy Frew, Scribe)
  • Quicksand (Steve Toltz, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Lake House (Kate Morton, A&U)
  • The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U)
  • The Other Side of the World (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette)
  • The Secret Chord (Geraldine Brooks, Hachette)
  • The Wonder Lover (Malcolm Knox, A&U)
  • Useful (Debra Oswald, Viking)


  • A Mother’s Story (Rosie Batty & Bryce Corbett, HarperCollins)
  • Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers (Adam Spencer, Xoum)
  • Bad Behaviour (Rebecca Starford, A&U)
  • Flesh Wounds (Richard Glover, ABC Books)
  • Green Nomads (Bob Brown, Hardie Grant Books)
  • Island Home (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Keating (Kerry O’Brien, A&U)
  • One Life (Kate Grenville, Text)
  • Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski, Text)
  • The Anti-Cool Girl (Rosie Waterland, HarperCollins)

Debut fiction

  • Anchor Point (Alice Robinson, Affirm Press)
  • Fever of Animals (Miles Allinson, Scribe)
  • In the Quiet (Eliza Henry-Jones, HarperCollins)
  • Lost Swimmer (Ann Turner, S&S)
  • Relativity (Antonia Hayes, Viking)
  • Rush Oh! (Shirley Barrett, Picador)
  • Salt Creek (Lucy Treloar, Picador)
  • The Anchoress (Robyn Cadwallader, HarperCollins)
  • The Secrets of Midwives (Sally Hepworth, Pan)
  • When There’s Nowhere Else to Run (Murray Middleton, A&U)


  • Mr Huff (Anna Walker, Viking)
  • My Dog Bigsy (Alison Lester, Viking)
  • Olive of Groves (Katrina Nannestad & Lucia Masciullo, ABC Books)
  • Paper Planes (Steve Worland, Puffin)
  • Pig the Fibber (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • The Bad Guys, Episode 1 (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Cat with the Coloured Tail (Gillian Mears & Dinalie Dabarera, Walker Books)
  • The Singing Bones (Shaun Tan, A&U)
  • Thelma the Unicorn (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)

Young adult

  • Cloudwish (Fiona Wood, Macmillan)
  • Green Valentine (Lili Wilkinson, A&U)
  • Pieces of Sky (Trinity Doyle, A&U)
  • Prince of Afghanistan (Louis Nowra, A&U)
  • Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years 1: The Tournament at Gorlan (John Flanagan, Random House)
  • Red Queen: Obernewtyn Book 7 (Isobelle Carmody, Viking)
  • Risk (Fleur Ferris, Random House)
  • Sister Heart (Sally Morgan, Fremantle Press)
  • Soon (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
  • The Flywheel (Erin Gough, Hardie Grant Egmont).

This is the first time the Indie Awards has released a longlist. The 2016 awards also include an additional young adult category. Previously, young adult titles were included in the children’s category.

The longlisted titles were nominated by Leading Edge Books members from around the country.

The shortlist will be announced on 19 January and the category winners and Book of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony in Sydney on 22 March.

To see last year’s winners, click here.



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