Australian Indie Book Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced


Celebrating Australian literary talent

The Australian Indie Book Awards recognise and reward the best Australian writing as chosen by Australian Independent Booksellers.
The Awards celebrate the enormous depth and range of literary talent in this nation. 

Each November, booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books group of independent bookstores are invited to submit their bookshop’s favourite titles of a calendar year. Titles must be published in original edition between 1 January and 31 December and are entirely authored and illustrated by current Australian citizens and permanent residents.
A Longlist of titles is compiled and announced in December and a Shortlist of 24 titles (4 titles per category) are announced in late January.
The shortlisted titles are reviewed by an independent judging panel made up of representatives from bookstores and a Leading Edge Books Head Office staff member.  A winner is chosen in each category, then an overall Book of the Year winner voted on from the six category winners.  

The 2019 shortlist is comprised of titles from the following categories:


The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Macmillan Australia)

Shell by Kristina Olsson (Scribner Australia)

The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton (Penguin Random House Australia)

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (Picador Australia)


The Land Before Avocado by Richard Glover (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)

The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House Australia)

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales (Penguin Random House Australia)

Debut Fiction

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia)

Scrublands by Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin)

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Echo Publishing)

The Nowhere Child by Christian White (Affirm Press)

Illustrated Non-Fiction

A Painted Landscape: Across Australia from Bush to Coast by Amber Creswell Bell (Thames & Hudson Australia)

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton (Hardie Grant Travel)

Family: New Vegetable Classics to Comfort and Nourish by Hetty McKinnon (Plum)

Australian Dreamscapes by Claire Takacs (Hardie Grant Books)

Children's (up to 12yrs)

All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys (Illus) (Scribe Publications)

Lenny's Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin)

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia)

Young Adult (12yrs+)

Hive by A. J. Betts (Pan Australia)

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough (Hardie Grant Egmont)

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen & Unwin)