ABIA Shortlist Book Awards for 2016 May 3, 2016 – Posted in: Awards, Books

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Sunshine Coast should be very proud of Gregg Dreise for being included in the Small Publishers chldren’s book of the year shortlist for Kookoo Kookaburra (Magabala)

The shortlists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced.

They are:

General fiction book of the year

  • The Lake House (Kate Morton, A&U)
  • Close Your Eyes (Michael Robotham, Sphere)
  • The Perfumer’s Secret (Fiona McIntosh, Michael Joseph)
  • The Patterson Girls (Rachael Johns, Mira)

Literary fiction book of the year

  • The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U)
  • The Other Side of the World (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette)
  • The Secret Chord (Geraldine Brooks, Hachette)
  • The World Without Us (Mireille Juchau, Bloomsbury)

General nonfiction book of the year

  • One Life: My Mother’s Story (Kate Grenville, Text)
  • Island Home (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Australia’s Second Chance (George Megalogenis, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Dismissal (Paul Kelly & Troy Bramston, Viking)

Biography of the year

  • Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski , Text)
  • A Mother’s Story (Rosie Batty, HarperCollins)
  • Flesh Wounds (Richard Glover, ABC Books)
  • The Anti-Cool Girl (Rosie Waterland, Fourth Estate)

Older children (8 to 14 years)

  • Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • Cloudwish (Fiona Wood, Macmillan)
  • The Cat with the Coloured Tail (Gillian Mears, Walker Books)
  • Under Suspicion: Friday Barnes Book 2 (R A Spratt, Random House)

Younger children (0 to 8 years)

  • The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Perfect (Danny Parker & Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)
  • This is a Ball (Beck & Matt Stanton, ABC Books)
  • The Amazing True Story Of How Babies Are Made (Fiona Katauskas, ABC Books)

Illustrated book of the year

  • Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden (Janet Hawley, Lantern)
  • The Happy Cookbook (Lola Berry, Plum)
  • Cornersmith (Alex Elliott-Howery & James Grant, Murdoch Books)
  • I Quit Sugar: Simplicious (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)

International book of the year

  • The Story of the Lost Child (Elena Ferrante, Text)
  • The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Doubleday)
  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ (Giulia Enders, Scribe)
  • Grandpa’s Great Escape (David Walliams, HarperCollins)

Matt Richell Award for new writer of the year

  • Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski, Text)
  • Rush Oh! (Shirley Barrett, Picador)
  • The Anti-Cool Girl (Rosie Waterland, Fourth Estate)
  • Salt Creek (Lucy Treloar, Macmillan)

Small publishers’ children’s book of the year

  • Numerical Street (Antonia Presenti & Hilary Bell, NewSouth)
  • The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade (Davina Bell, illus by Allison Colpoys, Scribble)
  • Kookoo Kookaburra (Gregg Dreise, Magabala)
  • My Pop is a Pirate (Damon Young, illus by Peter Carnavas, UQP)

Small publishers’ adult book of the year

  • All Fall Down (Matthew Condon, UQP)
  • Body Lengths (Leisel Jones, Black Inc.)
  • The Art of Free Travel (Patrick Jones & Meg Ullman, NewSouth)
  • Give the Devil His Due (Sulari Gentill, Pantera Press)

A panel of industry experts chose the shortlists from the longlists announced in March. The winners will be announced on 18 May at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.

The ABIAs celebrate the ‘best books of the year, well published’. For more information, visit the ABIA website here.