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Indie Book Awards 2019 shortlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the 2019 Indie Book Awards shortlists, for the best Australian books published in 2018.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:



  • The Land Before Avocado (Richard Glover, ABC Books)
  • The Arsonist (Chloe Hooper, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Eggshell Skull (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • Any Ordinary Day (Leigh Sales, Hamish Hamilton)

Debut fiction

Young adult


Illustrated nonfiction

  • A Painted Landscape: Across Australia from Bush to Coast (Amber Creswell Bell, Thames & Hudson)
  • Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country (Marcia Langton, Hardie Grant Travel)
  • Family: New Vegetable Classics to Comfort and Nourish (Hetty McKinnon, Plum)
  • Australian Dreamscapes (Claire Takacs, Hardie Grant).

Chosen from a longlist announced in December, the shortlisted titles were voted on by independent booksellers from around the country, who are also members of Leading Edge Books. Panels of judges (indie booksellers and avid readers) will choose the winners in the six categories, and independent booksellers will vote to choose their overall Indie ‘Book of the Year’ from the 24 shortlisted titles.

The winners will be announced on 18 March at the 2019 Leading Edge Books conference in Adelaide. 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.

Editor’s note: Books+Publishing is a partner of the 2019 Leading Edge Books Indie Book Awards.



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