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ABIA 2022 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced.

The titles longlisted in each category are:

General fiction book of the year

Literary fiction book of the year

General nonfiction book of the year

  • Another Day in the Colony (Chelsea Watego, UQP)
  • Toxic: The rotting underbelly of the Tasmanian salmon industry (Richard Flanagan, Penguin)
  • She’s on the Money (Victoria Devine, Penguin Life)
  • Heartsick: Three stories about love and loss, and what happens in between (Jessie Stephens, Macmillan)
  • So You Think You Know What’s Good for You? (Norman Swan, Hachette)
  • Who Gets to Be Smart (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • Love Stories (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  • My Year of Living Vulnerably (Rick Morton, Fourth Estate)

Biography book of the year

  • Emotional Female (Yumiko Kadota, Viking)
  • The Mother Wound (Amani Haydar, Macmillan)
  • Daring to Fly (Lisa Millar, Hachette)
  • Turns Out, I’m Fine (Judith Lucy, Scribner)
  • Power Play (Julia Banks, Hardie Grant)
  • How We Love (Clementine Ford, A&U)
  • It Wasn’t Meant to be Like This (Lisa Wilkinson, HarperCollins)
  • My Adventurous Life (Dick Smith, A&U)
  • How to End a Story: Diaries: 1995–1998 (Helen Garner, Text)

Book of the year for older children (ages 13+)

Book of the year for younger children (ages 7­–12)

Children’s picture book of the year (ages 0–6) 

  • The Tiny Explorers (Kat Macleod, T&H)
  • Walk of the Whales (Nick Bland, HGCP)
  • Day Break (Amy McQuire & Matt Chun, HGCP)
  • Bedtime Sorted (Jimmy Rees, illus by Briony Stewart, Affirm)
  • Winner Winner Bin Chicken Dinner (Kate and Joel Temple, illusby Ronojoy Ghosh, Scholastic)
  • The Curiosities (Zana Fraillon & Phil Lesnie, Lothian)
  • Somebody’s Land: Welcome to our Country (Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illus by David Hardy, A&U)
  • Boss of Your Own Body (Byll and Beth Stephen, illus by Simon Howe, ABC Books)

Illustrated book of the year                                

  • A Life in Pattern (Anna Spiro, T&H)
  • Still Life (Amber Creswell Bell, T&H)
  • Garden Like a Nonno (Jaclyn Crupi, Affirm)
  • Death to Jar Sauce (Nat’s What I Reckon, Ebury)
  • You’re Doing it Wrong: A History of bad and bonkers advice to women (Kaz Cooke, Viking)
  • Christine Manfield’s Indian Cooking Class (Christine Manfield, S&S)
  • Take One Fish: The new school of scale-to-tail cooking and eating (Josh Niland, Hardie Grant)
  • Dear Son: Letters and reflections from First Nations fathers and sons (Thomas Mayor, Hardie Grant Explore)
  • Everything I Love to Cook (Neil Perry, Murdoch Books)
  • Costa’s World (Costa Georgiadis, ABC Books)

International book of the year

  • These Precious Days (Ann Patchett, Bloomsbury)
  • The Promise (Damon Galgut, Chatto & Windus)
  • Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf love (Yotam Ottolenghi & Noor Murad, Ebury)
  • The Magician (Colm Tóibín, Picador)
  • The Storyteller (Dave Grohl, S&S)
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You (Sally Rooney, Faber)
  • Klara and the Sun (Kazuo Ishiguro, Faber)
  • Still Life (Sarah Winman, Fourth Estate)

Small publishers’ adult book of the year

  • The Stoning (Peter Papathanasiou, Transit Lounge)
  • Wild Mushrooming: A guide for foragers (Alison Pouliot & Tom May, CSIRO)
  • The Game: A portrait of Scott Morrison (Sean Kelly, Black Inc.)
  • Dropbear (Evelyn Araluen, UQP)
  • Caught in the Act (Shane Jenek, Pantera Press)
  • Flight of the Budgerigar (Penny Olsen, NLA Publishing)
  • Black and Blue: a memoir of racism and resilience (Veronica Gorrie, Scribe)
  • The Shape of Sound (Fiona Murphy, Text)

Small publishers’ children’s book of the year

The Matt Richell award for new writer of the year

The ABIA longlists were selected by the ABIA Academy, which comprises over 250 industry representatives. The shortlists will be announced on 23 May, with the winners in each category, as well as the winners of the Lloyd O’Neill Hall of Fame Award, the Pixie O’Harris Award and the Rising Star Award, announced at the awards ceremony in Sydney on 9 June.

For more information about the awards and tickets to the ceremony, see the ABIA website.


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