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Booksellers’ Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) 2020 Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles for the 2020 awards are:

Adult fiction book of the year

  • Silver (Chris Hammer, A&U)
  • There Was Still Love (Favel Parrett, Hachette)
  • Bruny (Heather Rose, A&U)
  • The Wife and the Widow (Christian White, Affirm)
  • The Yield (Tara June Winch, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Weekend (Charlotte Wood, A&U)

Booksellers’ choice adult nonfiction

  • Your Own Kind of Girl (Clare Bowditch, A&U)
  • Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life (Kitty Flanagan, A&U)
  • See What You Made Me Do (Jess Hill, Black Inc.)
  • The Whole Fish Cookbook (Josh Niland, Hardie Grant Books)
  • Tell Me Why (Archie Roach, S&S)
  • Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta, Text)

Children’s book of the year

  • Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals (Sami Bayly, Lothian)
  • All The Factors of Why I Love Tractors (Davina Bell, illus by Jenny Lovlie, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • The Tiny Star (Mem Fox, illus by Freya Blackwood, Puffin)
  • It Sounded Better In My Head (Nina Kenwood, Text)
  • Young Dark Emu: A Truer History (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala)
  • Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street (Felicita Sala, Scribble).

The Booksellers’ Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards recognise the titles that booksellers most enjoyed reading and hand-selling during 2019.

This year for the first time the awards are presented in three categories. Previously the Booksellers’ Choice Award was presented to one title from any category each year. Last year’s winner was Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe (Fourth Estate).

ABA members chose the shortlisted tiles from longlists announced in May. Another round of voting will determine the winners, who will be announced on Wednesday, 8 July.



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