Australian Book Industry Awards 2017 Shortlists

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have announced their shotlisted books for 2017.

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have announced their shotlisted books for 2017. The 17th Annual ABIAs celebrate Australian Stories in all forms, from Indigenous communities’ storytelling traditions that have been alive for thousands of years, to great Australian books published throughout the 21st century.

Authors and Books in Each Category:

General Fiction Book of the Year

The Birdman’s Wife (Melissa Ashley, Affirm)
The Chocolate Tin (Fiona McIntosh, Michael Joseph)
The Dry (Jane Harper, Macmillan)
The One Who Got Away (Caroline Overington, HarperCollins)
Truly Madly Guilty (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

An Isolated Incident (Emily Maguire, Picador)
Between a Wolf and a Dog (Georgia Blain, Scribe)
Goodwood (Holly Throsby, A&U)
The Good People (Hannah Kent, Picador)
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos (Dominic Smith, A&U)

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Fight Like a Girl (Clementine Ford, A&U)
Girl Stuff 8-12 (Kaz Cooke, Viking)
Talking To My Country (Stan Grant, HarperCollins)
The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wrightbooks)
The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed their own Government, (Niki Savva, Scribe)

Biography of the Year

Life As I Know It (Michelle Payne & John Harms, MUP)
Songs of a War Boy (Deng Adut, Hachette)
The Hate Race (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hachette)
Victoria (Julia Baird, HarperCollins)
Working Class Boy (Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)

Book of the Year Older Children (8 to 14 years)

Artie and the Grime Wave (Richard Roxburgh, A&U)
The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon, Lothian)
WeirDo #7: Mega Weird! (Anh Do & Jules Faber, Scholastic)
Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley, Pan)
Wormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue (Judith Rossell, ABC Books)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (0 to 8 years)

Charlie and the War Against the Grannies (Alan Brough, Pan)
Circle (Jeannie Baker, Walker Books)
Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma (Leigh Hobbs, A&U)
The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
What Do They Do with All the Poo from All the Animals at the Zoo? (Anh Do & Laura Wood, Scholastic)

Illustrated Book of the Year

Basics to Brilliance (Donna Hay, HarperCollins)
New York (Megan Hess, Hardie Grant Books)
Penguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family (Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive, ABC Books)
Smith & Daughters: A Cookbook (Shannon Matinez & Mo Wyse, Hardie Grant)
The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide (Kayla Itsines, Macmillan)

International Book of the Year

Commonwealth (Ann Patchett, Bloomsbury)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J K Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne, Little Brown)
The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet (Michael Mosley, S&S)
The Hidden Life of Trees (Peter Wohlleben, Black Inc.)
The North Water (Ian McGuire, Scribner)

Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

Fight Like a Girl (Clementine Ford, A&U)
Goodwood (Holly Throsby, A&U)
Music and Freedom (Zoë Morrison, Vintage)
The Dry (Jane Harper, Macmillan)
The Midnight Watch (David Dyer, Hamish Hamilton)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru (Madeline Gleeson, NewSouth)
Position Doubtful: Mapping Landscapes and Memories (Kim Mahood, Scribe)
Poum and Alexandre (Catherine de Saint Phalle, Transit Lounge)
Saltwater (Cathy McLennan, UQP)
The Australian Native Bee Book (Tim Heard, Sugarbag Bees)

Small publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

Crabbing with Dad (Paul Seden, Magabala)
Even Mummy Cries (Naomi Hunter & Karen Erasmus, Empowering Resources)
My Sister is a Superhero (Damon Young & Peter Carnavas, UQP)
Steve Goes to Carnival (Joshua Button & Robyn Wells, Magabala)
The Secrets We Keep (Nova Weetman, UQP).

For the first time, an ABIA for best audiobook will be presented.

The Shortlisted Audiobook Titles are:

Fight Like a Girl (Clementine Ford, Audible)
Make It Happen: Live Your Best Life (Michelle Bridges, Audible)
The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Bolinda)
The Good People (Hannah Kent, Bolinda)
True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia (David Hunt, Audible)

The winners will be announced on 25 May at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.

Click Australian Book Industry Awards website here for more information.