Friday, 24 March 2017

Indie Book Awards 2017

Well the book award season is really in full swing. Longlists. Shortlists. Winners already. The Australian Independent Bookseller Awards, the Indies, were announced this week. I'm going to include the longlisted books as there are many, many worthy books included there. Actually I think a number of surprising books were left off the shortlists, but I guess someone has to be. 

I have bought quite a number of these books. And yet I've only read three!

Shortlist Fiction

The Good People - Hannah Kent
Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty
Where the Trees Were - Inga Simpson
The Last Painting of Sara De Vos - Dominic Smith WINNER

Longlist Fiction
The Easy Way Out - Steven Amsterdam
Between a Wolf and a Dog - Georgia Blain
The Better Son - Katherine Johnson
An Isolated Incident - Emily Maguire
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil - Melina Marchetta
The Rules of Backyard Cricket - Jock Serong

Shortlist Non- Fiction

The Hate Race - Maxine Beneba Clarke
Ghost Empire - Richard Fidler
Fight Like a Girl - Clementine Ford
Everywhere I Look - Helen Garner WINNER

Longlist Non-Fiction
Songs of a War Boy - Deng Thiak Adut
Working Class Boy - Jimmy Barnes
Penguin Bloom - Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive
Talking to My Country - Stan Grant
True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia
The Boy Behind the Curtain - Tim Winton

Shortlist Debut Fiction

The Birdman's Wife - Melissa Ashley
The Midnight Watch - David Dyer
The Dry - Jane Harper WINNER
Goodwood - Holly Throsby

Longlist Debut Fiction

The Memory Artist - Katherine Brabon
The Windy Season - Sam Carmody
Skylarking - Kate Mildenhall
Music and Freedome - Zoe Morrison
The Toymaker - Liam Pieper
Ruins - Rajith Savanadasa

Shortlist Children's

Circle - Jeannie Baker WINNER (see my review)
Pig the Winner - Aaron Blabey
The 78- Storey Treehouse - Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Wormwood Mire - Judith Rossell

Longlist Children's

Charlie and the War Against the Grannies - Alan Brough (see my review)
What do the do with all the Poo from all the Animals at the Zoo? - Anh Do and Laura Wood
The Bone Sparrow - Zana Fraillon
Welcome to Country - Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy
Molly and Mae - Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood
Artie and the Grime Wave - Richard Roxburgh

Shortlist Young Adult

Words in Deep Blue - Cath Crowley WINNER
Gemina - Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Road to Winter - Mark Smith
Our Chemical Hearts - Krystal Sutherland

Longlist Young Adult

When Michael Met Mina - Rand Abdel-Fattah
The Other Side of Summer - Emily Gale
Breathing Under Water - Sophie Hardcastle
The Sidekicks - Will Kostakis
My Sister Rosa - Justine Larbalestier
One Would Think the Deep - Claire Zorn

BOOK of the YEAR is the Debut Fiction winner The Dry! It's on my shelf. Has been for ages. I need to read it. Soon...

1 comment:

Tamara said...

You post great lists... I've read Helen Garner's book and really enjoyed it. Then I heard Lee Sales & Annabelle Crab speaking about it and wanted to read it again.. I'd also like to read Stan Grants book.