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Booktopia announces FAB shortlist, two new awards

Booktopia has announced the 10 titles shortlisted in its Favourite Australian Book (FAB) Award, which according to the online retailer has already attracted more than 100,000 votes.

Established in 2019, the FAB Award, worth $5000, is open to titles written by Australian authors and released by Australian publishers, and is chosen by the public through a voting system on the Booktopia website.

The top 10, which Australian readers can vote on until 31 January, are:

  • Leave Me Alone (Christian Hull, A&U)
  • Heartsick (Jessie Stephens, Macmillan)
  • Rosie the Rhinocerous (Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  • Death To Jar Sauce (Nat’s What I Reckon, Ebury)
  • Where The River Bends (Jane & Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  • The Backyard Adventurer (Beau Miles, Brio)
  • The One Impossible Labyrinth (Matthew Reilly, Macmillan)
  • Apples Never Fall (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan)
  • The Prison Healer (Lynette Noni, Penguin)
  • Your Head Is A Houseboat (Campbell Walker aka Struthless, Hardie Grant).

This year the online book retailer has added two new awards: Booktopia’s Favourite Book and Favourite Australian Debut Book, to be announced alongside the winner of the FAB award in early February.

The inaugural Booktopia’s Favourite Book award will be selected by Booktopia’s ‘team of book experts’ and awarded to an Australian author, while the Favourite Australian Debut Book award will be awarded to an Australian debut author. The winner of each award will receive $5000.

Booktopia CEO Tony Nash said: ‘The book industry continued to thrive in 2021 and it has been great to see so many great books written by talented Australian authors who have proved to be popular with Aussie book lovers. We’re encouraging the nation to get behind their favourites and support the local book community to fly the flag for Australian talent.’

The 2020 winner of the FAB award was Uncook Yourself: A ratbag’s guide to life by Nat’s What I Reckon (Ebury).

For more information on the awards, see Booktopia’s website.


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