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Indie Book Awards 2019 longlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the longlists for the 2019 Indie Book Awards for books published in 2018.

The longlisted titles in each category are:


  • The Lost Man (Jane Harper, Macmillan)
  • The Fragments (Toni Jordan, Text)
  • Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan)
  • The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Kate Morton, A&U)
  • The Children’s House (Alice Nelson, Vintage)
  • Shell (Kristina Olsson, Scribner)
  • The Other Wife (Michael Robotham, Hachette)
  • Cedar Valley (Holly Throsby, A&U)
  • The Shepherd’s Hut (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Bridge of Clay (Markus Zusak, Picador)


  • The Ship That Never Was (Adam Courtenay, ABC Books)
  • Boys Will be Boys (Clementine Ford, A&U)
  • The Land Before Avocado (Richard Glover, ABC Books)
  • Butterfly on a Pin (Alannah Hill, Hardie Grant)
  • The Arsonist (Chloe Hooper, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Eggshell Skull (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • The Barefoot Investor for Families (Scott Pape, Barefoot Publishing)
  • Any Ordinary Day (Leigh Sales, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Teacher (Gabbie Stroud, A&U)
  • Axiomatic (Maria Tumarkin, Brow Books)

Debut fiction

  • Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text)
  • The Helpline (Katherine Collette, Text)
  • Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, HarperCollins)
  • Scrublands (Chris Hammer, A&U)
  • The Ruin (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins)
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris, Echo)
  • The Earth Does Not Get Fat (Julia Prendergast, UWA Publishing)
  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland, HarperCollins)
  • The Lucky Galah (Tracy Sorensen, Picador)
  • The Nowhere Child (Christian White, Affirm)

Young adult

  • Hive (A J Betts, Pan Macmillan)
  • Just Breathe (Andrew Daddo, Penguin)
  • Small Spaces (Sarah Epstein, Walker Books)
  • Amelia Westlake (Erin Gough, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • P is for Pearl (Eliza Henry Jones, HarperCollins)
  • A Song Only I Can Hear (Barry Jonsberg, A&U)
  • Obsidio: The Illuminae Files_03 (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • Lifel1k3 (Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • Catching Teller Crow (Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina, A&U)
  • Tin Heart (Shivaun Plozza, Penguin)


  • All the Ways to be Smart (Davina Bell, illus by Allison Colpoys, Scribble)
  • The Tales of Mr Walker (Jess Black, illus by Sara Acton, Puffin)
  • A-Z of Australian Animals (Jennifer Cossins, Lothian)
  • Lenny’s Book of Everything (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris (Megan Hess, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds (Jeremy Lachlan, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Cicada (Shaun Tan, Lothian)
  • Tales from the Inner City (Shaun Tan, A&U)
  • Room on Our Rock (Kate & Jol Temple, illus by Terri Rose Baynton, Scholastic)
  • Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Jessica Townsend, Lothian)

Illustrated nonfiction

  • Special Guest (Annabel Crabb & Wendy Sharpe, Murdoch Books)
  • A Painted Landscape: Across Australia from Bush to Coast (Amber Creswell Bell, Thames & Hudson)
  • The Great Australian Bucket List (Robin Esrock, Affirm)
  • Mirka & Georges (Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan, MUP)
  • Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country (Marcia Langton, Hardie Grant Travel)
  • Bohemian Living: Creative Homes Around the World (Robyn Lea, Thames & Hudson)
  • Smith & Deli-cious (Shannon Martinez & Mo Wyse, Hardie Grant)
  • Family: New vegetable classics to comfort and nourish (Hetty McKinnon, Plum)
  • Gardens on the Edge (Christine Reid, Murdoch Books)
  • Australian Dreamscapes (Claire Takacs, Hardie Grant).

The longlisted titles are nominated by independent booksellers from around the country, who are also members of Leading Edge Books.

The shortlist will be announced on 16 January 2019, and the category winners and overall book of the year will be announced at the Leading Edge Books conference in Adelaide on 18 March. Now in its 11th year, the awards ‘recognise and celebrate independent booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian authors’.

For more information on the awards, visit the website.



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