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Indie Book Awards 2022 longlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the longlists for the 2022 Indie Book Awards.

The longlisted titles in each category are:



  • Whole Notes (Ed Ayres, ABC Books)
  • Love Stories (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  • Who Gets to Be Smart (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • Toxic (Richard Flanagan, Penguin)
  • How We Love (Clementine Ford, A&U)
  • Larrimah (Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson, A&U)
  • The Brilliant Boy (Gideon Haigh, Scribner)
  • FunkyTown (Paul Kennedy, Affirm)
  • So You Think You Know What’s Good for You? (Norman Swan, Hachette)
  • My Adventurous Life (Dick Smith, A&U)

Debut fiction

Illustrated nonfiction

  • Where the River Bends (Jane and Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  • Still Life (Amber Creswell Bell, Thames & Hudson)
  • Garden Like a Nonno (Jaclyn Crupi, Affirm)
  • Costa’s World (Costa Georgiadis, ABC Books)
  • A Room of Her Own (Robyn Lea, Thames & Hudson)
  • The Great Forest (David Lindenmayer, with photographs by Chris Taylor, Sarah Rees & Steven Kuiter, A&U)
  • Old Vintage Melbourne (Chris Macheras, Scribe)
  • The Good Life (Hannah Moloney, Affirm)
  • Wild Mushrooming: A guide for foragers (Alison Pouliot & Tom May, CSIRO Publishing)
  • Country Dogs on Doorsteps (Suzanne Stevenson, Affirm)


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature (Sami Bayly, Lothian)
  • Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day (Davina Bell, illus by Allison Colpoys, Scribble)
  • The Boy and the Elephant (Freya Blackwood, HarperCollins)
  • Walk of the Whales (Nick Bland, Little Hare)
  • The World’s Most Pointless Animals (Philip Bunting, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)
  • Dragon Skin (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Somebody’s Land: Welcome to Our Country (Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illus by David Hardy, A&U)
  • Down the Road, Little Bee (Sarah Jane Lightfoot, Affirm)
  • Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)
  • Wandi (Favel Parrett, Lothian)

Young adult

  • self/less (AViVA, Pan)
  • The Monster of Her Age (Danielle Binks, Lothian)
  • 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze (Clayton Zane Comber, HarperCollins)
  • The Boy from the Mish (Gary Lonesborough, A&U)
  • Terciel and Elinor (Garth Nix, A&U)
  • The Prison Healer (Lynette Noni, Penguin)
  • Dark Rise (C S Pacat, A&U)
  • If Not Us (Mark Smith, Text)
  • House of Hollow (Krystal Sutherland, Penguin)
  • Henry Hamlet’s Heart (Rhiannon Wilde, UQP).

The longlisted titles were nominated by independent booksellers from around the country.

The shortlist will be announced on 19 January 2021, and the category winners and overall book of the year will be announced at a virtual awards event on Monday, 21 March 2021.

The winner of the 2021 Indie Book of the Year was The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (Affirm).


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