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Indie Book Awards 2022 shortlists announced

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

Chosen from longlists announced in December 2021, the shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • Treasure and Dirt (Chris Hammer, A&U)
  • Devotion (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  • Once There Were Wolves (Charlotte McConaghy, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Last Woman in the World (Inga Simpson, Hachette)


  • Love Stories (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  • Who Gets to Be Smart (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • Toxic: The rotting underbelly of the Tasmanian salmon industry (Richard Flanagan, Penguin)
  • Larrimah (Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson, 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)


  • Dragon Skin (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Somebody’s Land: Welcome to our Country (Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illus by David Hardy, A&U)
  • Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)
  • Wandi (Favel Parrett, Lothian)

Young adult

The shortlisted titles were chosen by Australian independent booksellers, who will vote to select the overall Indie Book of the Year from the six category winners. The winners will be announced at a virtual awards event on Monday, 21 March.

The winner of the 2021 Indie Book of the Year was The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (Affirm). For more information, see the awards website.


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