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ABIA 2019 longlists announced

The longlists for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced.

The titles in each category are:

General fiction book of the year

  • Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan)
  • Scrublands (Chris Hammer, A&U)
  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland, Fourth Estate)
  • The Lost Man (Jane Harper, Macmillan)
  • The Nowhere Child (Christian White, Affirm)
  • The Other Wife (Michael Robotham, Hachette)
  • The Rúin (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins)
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris, Echo)

Literary fiction book of the year

  • Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  • Bridge of Clay (Markus Zusak, Picador)
  • In the Garden of the Fugitives (Ceridwen Dovey, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Shell (Kristina Olsson, Scribner)
  • The Children’s House (Alice Nelson, Vintage)
  • The Shepherd’s Hut (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)
  • Wintering (Krissy Kneen, Text)

General nonfiction book of the year

  • Any Ordinary Day (Leigh Sales, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Boys Will Be Boys (Clementine Ford, A&U)
  • Dear Santa (Samuel Johnson, Hachette)
  • No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (Behrouz Boochani, trans by Omid Tofighian, Picador)
  • The Arsonist (Chloe Hooper, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Land Before Avocado (Richard Glover, ABC Books)
  • Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia (Marcia Langton, Hardie Grant Travel)
  • Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths (Eddie Woo, Macmillan)

Biography book of the year

  • Back, After the Break (Osher Günsberg, HarperCollins)
  • Butterfly on a Pin: A Memoir of Love, Despair and Reinvention (Alannah Hill, Hardie Grant)
  • Challenge Accepted! (Celeste Barber, HarperCollins)
  • Eggshell Skull (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography (Johnathan Thurston with James Phelps, HarperCollins)
  • One Hundred Years of Dirt (Rick Morton, MUP)
  • Speaking Up (Gillian Triggs, MUP)
  • Teacher (Gabbie Stroud, A&U)

Book of the year for older children (ages 13+)

  • Amelia Westlake, (Erin Gough, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Between Us (Clare Atkins, Black Inc.)
  • Catching Teller Crow (Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina, A&U)
  • Hive (A J Betts, Pan)
  • Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds (Jeremy Lachlan, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • P is for Pearl (Eliza Henry-Jones, HarperCollins)
  • Small Spaces (Sarah Epstein, Walker)
  • Tales from the Inner City (Shaun Tan, A&U)

Book of the year for younger children (ages 7-12)

  • Lenny’s Book of Everything (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Ninja Kid #1 (Anh Do & Jeremy Ley, Scholastic)
  • Polly and Buster: The Mystery of the Magic Stones (Sally Rippin, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Real Pigeons Fight Crime (Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • The Bad Guys Episode 7: Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?! (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Tales of Mr Walker (Jess Black & Sara Acton, Puffin)
  • Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow: Nevermoor 2 (Jessica Townsend, Lothian)

Children’s picture book of the year (ages 0-6)

  • All the Ways to be Smart (Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys, Scribble)
  • Cicada (Shaun Tan, Lothian)
  • Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris (Megan Hess, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Go Go and the Silver Shoes (Jane Godwin & Anna Walker, Viking)
  • If I Was Prime Minister (Beck and Robin Feiner, ABC Books)
  • Love Makes a Family (Sophie Beer, Little Hare Books)
  • Macca the Alpaca (Matt Cosgrove, Koala Books)
  • Pig the Grub (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)

Illustrated book of the year

  • A Painted Landscape: Across Australia from Bush to Coast (Amber Creswell Bell, Thames & Hudson)
  • Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour (David Coles, Thames & Hudson)
  • Family: New Vegetable Classics to Comfort and Nourish (Hetty McKinnon, Plum)
  • Flour and Stone: Baked for Love, Life & Happiness (Nadine Ingram with photography by Alan Benson, Julie Gibbs for Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Mirka & Georges (Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan, MUP)
  • Resident Dog: Incredible Homes and the Dogs That Live There (Nicole England, Thames & Hudson)
  • Special Guest (Annabel Crabb & Wendy Sharpe, Murdoch Books)
  • The Cook’s Apprentice (Stephanie Alexander, Lantern)

International book of the year

  • Becoming (Michelle Obama, Viking)
  • CIRCE (Madeline Miller, Bloomsbury)
  • Fear: Trump in the White House (Bob Woodward, Simon & Schuster)
  • Less (Andrew Sean Greer, Abacus)
  • Lost Connections (Johann Hari, Bloomsbury Circus)
  • Milkman (Anna Burns, Faber)
  • Normal People (Sally Rooney, Faber)
  • Ottolenghi Simple (Yotam Ottolenghi, Ebury)

Small publishers’ adult book of the year

  • A Superior Spectre (Angela Meyer, Peter Bishop Books)
  • Blakwork (Alison Whittaker, Magabala)
  • Deep Time Dreaming (Billy Griffiths, Black Inc.)
  • Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia (ed by Anita Heiss, Black Inc.)
  • The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted (Robert Hillman, Text)
  • The Geography of Friendship (Sally Piper, UQP)
  • The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean (ed by Peter Burness, NewSouth, published in association with the Australian War Memorial)
  • Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean (Joy McCann, NewSouth)

Small publishers’ children’s book of the year

  • Alfred’s War (Rachel Bin Salleh & Samantha Fry, Magabala)
  • Black Cockatoo (Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler, Magabala)
  • Empty (Andrew Pratley & Angel McMullan, Little Steps Publishing)
  • Heads And Tails: Insects (John Canty, Berbay)
  • I Had Such Friends (Meg Gatland-Veness, Pantera)
  • Night Walk (Alison Binks, Berbay)
  • Rhyme Cordial (Antonia Pesenti, Scribble)
  • The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls (Adam Cece, illus by Andrew Weldon, Text)
  • Whisper (Lynette Noni, Pantera)

The Matt Richell award for new writer of the year

  • Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  • The Nowhere Child (Christian White, Affirm)
  • Eggshell Skull (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • One Hundred Years of Dirt (Rick Morton, MUP)
  • Teacher (Gabbie Stroud, A&U)
  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland, Fourth Estate)
  • The Rúin (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins)
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris, Echo).

The longlist was voted on by the ABIA Academy, which comprises more than 250 industry representatives. A panel of experts will select the shortlists, which will be announced on 11 April. The winners will be announced on 2 May at a ceremony at the Sydney International Convention Centre.

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



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