The ABIA Shortlists 2022

The Australian Book Industry Awards showcase the talent and diversity of what is the 14th largest publishing industry in the world, and we are delighted to announce that several of our titles have been shortlisted:

Children’s Picture Book of the Year:
Somebody’s Land: Welcome to Our Country by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy

Book of the Year for Younger Children (7-12 years):
Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee

Book of the Year for Older Children (13+ years):
The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

Biography Book of the Year:
My Adventurous Life by Dick Smith

Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year:
Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

General Fiction Book of the Year:
Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Literary Fiction Book of the Year:
Love Objects by Emily Maguire
Wild Abandon by Emily Bitto

International Book of the Year:
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney (Faber Fiction)

Illustrated Book of the Year:
Everything I Love to Cook by Neil Perry (Murdoch Books)

The winners will be announced 9th June.

The rest of the shortlists and more information can be found here.

My Adventurous Life

by Dick Smith

Entrepreneur, adventurer, philanthropist ... Australian icon Dick Smith shares his extraordinary life story for the first time.

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Somebody's Land: Welcome to Our Country

by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy

An accessible picture book for young children that introduces First Nations history and the term 'terra nullius' to a general audience, from Australian of the Year, community leader and anti-racism advocate Adam Goodes and political adviser and former journalist Ellie Laing, with artwork by Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.

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Dragon Skin

by Karen Foxlee

From the bestselling and multi-award-winning author of Lenny's Book of Everything comes a magical tale about a girl who saves a dragon and rescues her family.

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Wild Abandon

by Emily Bitto

A breathtaking new novel from the Stella Prize-winning author of The Strays.

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

by Sally Rooney

The new novel from the author of Normal People.

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Before You Knew My Name

by Jacqueline Bublitz

An extraordinary, unputdownable debut novel exploring trauma, connection, and our cultural obsession with dead girls.

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Love Objects

by Emily Maguire

A stunning novel of great compassion and insight, from the author of the Stella Prize-shortlisted An Isolated Incident.

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The Boy from the Mish

by Gary Lonesborough

A funny and heartwarming queer Indigenous YA novel, set in a rural Australian community, about seventeen-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.

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