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ABA: 2020 Booksellers’ Choice awards announced; Huber, McDonald named booksellers of the year

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

This year for the first time the awards are presented in three categories. The winning books for 2020 are:

Adult fiction book of the year (tie)

  • There Was Still Love (Favel Parrett, Hachette) & The Yield (Tara June Winch, Hamish Hamilton)

Booksellers’ choice adult nonfiction

  • See What You Made Me Do (Jess Hill, Black Inc.)

Children’s book of the year

  • Young Dark Emu: A Truer History (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala).

Also announced were the recipients of the Bookseller and Young Bookseller of the Year awards, chosen from shortlists announced in June. Readings Carlton buyer Alison Huber was named Bookseller of the Year and Simon McDonald from Potts Point Bookshop in Sydney was named Young Bookseller of the Year.

The ABA Booksellers Choice Awards recognises the Australian new releases that booksellers most enjoyed reading, marketing and hand-selling during the past year. Previously the Booksellers’ Choice Award was presented to one title from any category each year, and last year’s winner was Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate).

For more information, and to view videos from each of the winners, see the ABA website.


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