2024 Australian Book Industry Awards Shortlist Announced

Book Brief | Mar 2024

The Australian Publishers Association is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2024 Australian Book Industry Awards. The category winners and the overall ‘Book of the Year’ winner will be announced on Thursday, 9 May in Melbourne.

Biography Book of the Year

Showing Up by Nedd Brockmann – Find out more

Heartbake by Charlotte Ree – Find out more

Love & Pain by Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou – Find out more

Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life by Anna Funder – Read an interview with the author

Unfinished Woman by Robyn Davidson

Did I Ever Tell You This? by Sam Neill – Read a audio book review

 

Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+)

This Book Thinks Ya Deadly written by Corey Tutt, illustrated by Molly Hunt – Find out more

The Quiet and the Loud by Helena Fox – Read a book review

Welcome to Sex written by Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes, illustrated by Jenny Latham – Find out more

Stuck Up and Stupid by Angourie Rice and Kate Rice – Find out more

Eleanor Jones is Not a Murderer by Amy Doak – Read an interview with the author

Isles of Gods by Amie Kaufman – Read an interview with the author

 

Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7–12)

It’s the Sound of the Thing by Maxine Beneba Clarke – Read a book review

Songlines written Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly, illustrated by Blak Douglas – Look inside the book

Kimmi by Favel Parrett – Read a book review

The 169-Storey Treehouse written by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton – Find out more

Custodians: Wylah the Koorie Warrior 2 by Jordan Gould & Richard Pritchard – Find out More + activities for kids

Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures by Jason Pamment – Look inside the book

 

Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0–6)

What to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do written by Davina Bell, illustrated by Hilary Jean Tapper – Read a book review

If I Was a Horse by Sophie Blackall – Read a book review

Nightsong by Sally Soweol Han – Find out more

Australia: Country of Colour by Jess Racklyeft – Read a book review

Australian Animals: From Beach to Bush by Brentos – Read a book review

A Life Song written by Jane Godwin, illustrated Anna Walker

 

General Fiction Book of the Year

Homecoming by Kate Morton – Read a book review

Mr Einstein’s Secretary by Matthew Reilly – Read an interview with the author

Green Dot by Madeleine Grey – Read a book review

Everyone On This Train Is A Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson – Read a book review

Dark Mode by Ashley Kalagian-Blunt – Read a book review 

The Bookbinder of Jericho by Pip Williams – Read Good Reading reader’s book reviews

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

The Voice to Parliament Handbook by Thomas Mayo &Kerry O’Brien – Find out more

I Don’t by Clementine Ford – Read a book review

It’s The Menopause: What you need to know in your 40s, 50s and beyond by Kaz Cooke

Question 7 by Richard Flanagan – Read a book review

Crossing the Line by Nick McKenzie

Bright Shining by Julia Baird

 

Illustrated Book of the Year

The New Modernist House by Patricia Callan – Find out more

Iwantja by Iwantja Artists – Find out more

Australian Abstract by Amber Creswell Bell – Find out more

Fish Butchery by Josh Niland – Find out more

The Year I Met My Brain: A travel companion for adults who have just found out they have ADHD written by Matilda Boseley, illustrated by Evie Hilliar

Getting to Know the Birds in Your Neighbourhood: A Field Guide by Darryl Jones – Read a book review

 

International Book of the Year

Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros – Find out more

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros – Read a book review

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett – Read an interview with the author

The Woman in Me by Britney Spears – Find out more

SPARE by Prince Harry – Find out more

Icebreaker by Hannah Grace – Find out more

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

The Hummingbird Effect by Kate Mildenhall – Read an interview with the author

Stone Yard Devotional by Charlotte Wood – Read an interview with the author

The In-Between by Christos Tsiolkas – Read a book review

Prima Facie by Suzie Miller – Read an interview with the author

Women & Children by Tony Birch – Read a book review

Lola in the Mirror by Trent Dalton – Read an interview with the author 

 

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

The Matilda Effect by Fiona Crawford – Find out more

Edenglassie by Melissa Lucashenko – Read a book review

Everyone and Everything by Nadine J. Cohen – Read an extract

I’d Rather Not, Robert SkinnerRead a book review

Killing for Country: A Family Story by David Marr – Read a book review

 

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

Gurawul the Whale: An ancient story for our time written Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison, illustrated by Laura La Rosa

Meet Me at the Moon Tree by Shivaun Plozza – Find out more

Let’s Never Speak of This Again by Megan Williams – Read an interview with the author

Listen written by Nicole Godwin and Duncan Smith, illustrated by Jandamarra Cadd

Who’s Afraid of the Light? by Anna McGregor – Find out more

Artichoke to Zucchini: An alphabet of delicious things from around the world by Alice Oehr

 

Social Impact Book of the Year

The Voice to Parliament Handbook by Thomas Mayo &Kerry O’Brien – Find out more

Welcome to Sex written by Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes, illustrated by Jenny Latham – Find out more

Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life by Anna Funder – Read an interview with the author

The Palestine Laboratory: how Israel exports the technology of occupation around the world by Antony Loewenstein – Find out more

The Queen is Dead by Stan Grant – Find out more

 

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

Green Dot by Madeleine Grey – Read a book review

At the Foot of the Cherry Tree by Alli Parker – Read a book review

Saltwater Boy by Bradley Christmas – Find out more

Lenny Marks Gets Away with Murder by Kerryn Mayne – Read a book review

A Brilliant Life by Rachelle Unreich-  Listen to a podcast

Everyone and Everything by Nadine J. Cohen – Read an extract

 

 

Audiobook of the Year
The Teacher’s Pet, written and narrated by Hedley Thomas

The Last Daughter, written Brenda Matthews and narrated by Ella Ferris

The Voice to Parliament Handbook, written and narrated by Thomas Mayo and Kerry O’Brien

Welcome to Sex, written and narrated by Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes

Wifedom, written by Anna Funder and narrated by Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood and Jane Slavin

Edenglassie, written by Melissa Lucashenko and narrated by Ursula Yovich

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