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Stock the shortlist: Small Press Network’s Book of the Year Award 2021 finalists

The Small Press Network’s Book of the Year Award (formerly the Most Underrated Book of the Year Award) aims to recognise and award some of the most significant and ground-breaking books being produced by Australian small publishers and authors today.

Stock up now on the six shortlisted titles for 2021 ahead of the announcement of the winner on Friday, 26 November.

  • Almost a Mirror by Kirsten Krauth (Transit Lounge, dist. by NewSouth, ISBN: 9781925760507)
    Almost a Mirror unfolds like a long night out […] the novel invites reflection on the sensory possibilities of prose fiction, as well as conjuring the aesthetics of the late 20th century.’
  • Collisions: A Liminal Anthology, edited by Leah Jing McIntosh, Cher Tan, Adalya Nash Hussein, and Hassan Abul (Liminal/Pantera, dist. by Bloomsbury/UBD, ISBN: 9780648795186)
    Collisions is an extraordinarily creative anthology of short fiction clustering the stories around the themes of Bodies, Momentum and Contact.’
  • Echoes by Shu-Ling Chua (copies are available from the author at
    Echoes [a collection of essays] is a true expression of what it means to (re)connect with one’s culture, blending memoir, cultural commentary and translation with brief vignettes that leave a lasting impact.’
  • Taking Down Evelyn Tait by Poppy Nwosu (Wakefield Press, ISBN: 9781743056974)
    ‘A fun, lively and fast-paced coming of age novel that explores the different dynamics and fallout from a newly joint family, Taking Down Evelyn Tait is YA fiction at its finest.’
  • The Tiniest House of Time by Sreedhevi Iyer (Wild Dingo, dist. by NewSouth, ISBN: 9781925893069)
    ‘A unique book in the world of Australian small press publishing, The Tiniest House of Time takes readers beyond domestic borders and Western history.’
  • We Are Speaking in Code by Tanya Vavilova (Brio Books, dist. by Booktopia Publisher Services, ISBN: 9781922267153)
    ‘Exploring themes of family, identity, sexuality and belonging, We Are Speaking in Code is a warm, engaging and thought-provoking collection of essays reflecting the immigrant experience.’

For more details, see the Small Press Network website.


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