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Indie Book Awards 2024 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2024 Indie Book Awards, presented by Leading Edge Books, have been announced.

The titles longlisted in each category are:


  • Lola in the Mirror (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  • Restless Dolly Maunder (Kate Grenville, Text)
  • The Seven (Chris Hammer, A&U)
  • Edenglassie (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)
  • The Hummingbird Effect (Kate Mildenhall, Scribner)
  • Homecoming (Kate Morton, A&U)
  • God Forgets About the Poor (Peter Polites, Ultimo)
  • Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect (Benjamin Stevenson, Michael Joseph)
  • The Bookbinder of Jericho (Pip Williams, Affirm)
  • Stone Yard Devotional (Charlotte Wood, A&U)


  • Bright Shining (Julia Baird, Fourth Estate)
  • The Man Who Wasn’t There (Dan Box, Ultimo)
  • Showing Up (Nedd Brockmann, S&S)
  • The Last Charge of the Australian Light Horse (Peter FitzSimons, Hachette)
  • Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s invisible life (Anna Funder, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Best Wishes (Richard Glover, ABC Books)
  • The Queen Is Dead (Stan Grant, Fourth Estate)
  • The Remarkable Mrs Reibey (Grantlee Kieza, ABC Books)
  • Killing for Country: A family story (David Marr, Black Inc.)
  • Heartbake (Charlotte Ree, A&U)

Debut fiction

  • The Collected Regrets of Clover (Mikki Brammer, Penguin)
  • Fed to Red Birds (Rijn Collins, S&S)
  • The House of Now and Then (Jo Dixon, HQ Fiction)
  • Green Dot (Madeleine Gray, A&U)
  • The Visitors (Jane Harrison, Fourth Estate)
  • Duck à l’Orange for Breakfast (Karina May, Macmillan)
  • Lenny Marks Gets Away with Murder (Kerryn Mayne, Bantam)
  • At the Foot of the Cherry Tree (Alli Parker, HarperCollins)
  • Salt River Road (Molly Schmidt, Fremantle)
  • Things That Matter Most (Gabbie Stroud, A&U)

Illustrated nonfiction

  • Paul Bangay (Paul Bangay, T&H)
  • The Year I Met My Brain (Matilda Boseley, Penguin Life)
  • The Milkwood Permaculture Living Handbook (Kirsten Bradley, Murdoch)
  • The New Modernist House (Patricia Callan, T&H)
  • The Bird Art of William T Cooper (Wendy Cooper, National Library of Australia)
  • Bush Flowers (Cassandra Hamilton & Michael Pavlou, T&H)
  • Getting to Know the Birds in Your Neighbourhood: A field guide (Darryl Jones, NewSouth)
  • A Seat at My Table: Philoxenia (Kon Karapanagiotidis, Hardie Grant Books)
  • Good Life Growing (Hannah Moloney, Affirm)
  • Songs from the Kitchen Table (Archie Roach & Ruby Hunter, S&S)


  • If I Was a Horse (Sophie Blackall, Lothian)
  • Australian Animals: From beach to bush (Brentos, Affirm)
  • The Lonely Lighthouse of Elston-Fright: An Elston-Fright tale (Reece Carter, A&U Children’s)
  • Walk with Us: Welcome to Our Country (Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illus by David Hardy, A&U Children’s)
  • The 169-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Neil, the Amazing Sea Cucumber (Amelia McInerney, illus by Lucinda Gifford, Affirm)
  • The Impossible Secret of Lillian Velvet (Jaclyn Moriarty, A&U Children’s)
  • Silver Linings (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)
  • Kimmi (Favel Parrett, Hachette)
  • Millie Mak the Maker (Alice Pung, illus by Sher Rill Ng, HarperCollins)

Young adult

  • Saltwater Boy (Bradley Christmas, Walker Books)
  • Grace Notes (Karen Comer, Lothian)
  • The Lorikeet Tree (Paul Jennings, A&U Children’s)
  • Welcome to Sex (Melissa Kang & Yumi Stynes, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)
  • The Isles of the Gods (Amie Kaufman, A&U Children’s)
  • We Could Be Something (Will Kostakis, A&U Children’s)
  • Some Shall Break (Ellie Marney, A&U Children’s)
  • The Sinister Booksellers of Bath (Garth Nix, A&U Children’s)
  • Stuck Up & Stupid (Angourie Rice & Kate Rice, Walker Books)
  • Robert Runs (Mariah Sweetman, Magabala).

Shortlists will be announced on 17 January, with the category winners and the overall Book of the Year winner to be announced at a virtual event on 25 March. The 2023 Indie Book of the Year was Runt (Craig Silvey, A&U).


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