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ABIA 2016 shortlists announced

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

They are:

General fiction book of the year

  • The Lake House (Kate Morton, A&U)
  • Close Your Eyes (Michael Robotham, Sphere)
  • The Perfumer’s Secret (Fiona McIntosh, Michael Joseph)
  • The Patterson Girls (Rachael Johns, Mira)

Literary fiction book of the year

  • 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 World Without Us (Mireille Juchau, Bloomsbury)

General nonfiction book of the year

  • One Life: My Mother’s Story (Kate Grenville, Text)
  • Island Home (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Australia’s Second Chance (George Megalogenis, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Dismissal (Paul Kelly & Troy Bramston, Viking)

Biography of the year

  • Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski , Text)
  • A Mother’s Story (Rosie Batty, HarperCollins)
  • Flesh Wounds (Richard Glover, ABC Books)
  • The Anti-Cool Girl (Rosie Waterland, Fourth Estate)

Older children (8 to 14 years)

  • Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • Cloudwish (Fiona Wood, Macmillan)
  • The Cat with the Coloured Tail (Gillian Mears, Walker Books)
  • Under Suspicion: Friday Barnes Book 2 (R A Spratt, Random House)

Younger children (0 to 8 years)

  • The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Perfect (Danny Parker & Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)
  • This is a Ball (Beck & Matt Stanton, ABC Books)
  • The Amazing True Story Of How Babies Are Made (Fiona Katauskas, ABC Books)

Illustrated book of the year

  • Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden (Janet Hawley, Lantern)
  • The Happy Cookbook (Lola Berry, Plum)
  • Cornersmith (Alex Elliott-Howery & James Grant, Murdoch Books)
  • I Quit Sugar: Simplicious (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)

International book of the year

  • The Story of the Lost Child (Elena Ferrante, Text)
  • The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Doubleday)
  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ (Giulia Enders, Scribe)
  • Grandpa’s Great Escape (David Walliams, HarperCollins)

Matt Richell Award for new writer of the year

  • Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski, Text)
  • Rush Oh! (Shirley Barrett, Picador)
  • The Anti-Cool Girl (Rosie Waterland, Fourth Estate)
  • Salt Creek (Lucy Treloar, Macmillan)

Small publishers’ children’s book of the year

  • Numerical Street (Antonia Presenti & Hilary Bell, NewSouth)
  • The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade (Davina Bell, illus by Allison Colpoys, Scribble)
  • Kookoo Kookaburra (Gregg Dreise, Magabala)
  • My Pop is a Pirate (Damon Young, illus by Peter Carnavas, UQP)

Small publishers’ adult book of the year

  • All Fall Down (Matthew Condon, UQP)
  • Body Lengths (Leisel Jones, Black Inc.)
  • The Art of Free Travel (Patrick Jones & Meg Ullman, NewSouth)
  • Give the Devil His Due (Sulari Gentill, Pantera Press)

A panel of industry experts chose the shortlists from the longlists announced in March. The winners will be announced on 18 May at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.

The ABIAs celebrate the ‘best books of the year, well published’. For more information, visit the ABIA website here.



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