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2021 Indie Book Awards shortlist announced

2021 Indie Book Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2021 Indie Book Awards have been announced, celebrating Australian literary talent across six different categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Debut Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Children's and Young Adult. 

Over 24 titles have been shortlisted as the best titles of the year, chosen by Australian independant booksellers. The winners for each category, and the overall book of the year winner, will be announced at a virtual event on Monday 22 March.

Check out the full shortlist below!



All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia)

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan (Knopf Australia) [READER REVIEW]

Mammoth by Chris Flynn (University of Queensland Press) [READER REVIEW]

Honeybee by Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin) [INTERVIEW]



Phosphorescence by Julia Baird (Fourth Estate Australia)

The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku (Macmillan Australia)

People of the River by Grace Karskens (Allen & Unwin)

Truganini by Cassandra Pybus (Allen & Unwin) [READER REVIEW]



The Bluffs by Kyle Perry (Michael Joseph Australia) [Q&A] [READER REVIEW]

Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson (Hachette Australia) [READER REVIEW]

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu (Allen & Unwin)

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (Affirm Press) [BEHIND THE BOOK]



Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong by Samantha Bloom, Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)

Plantopedia by Lauren Camilleri & Sophia Kaplan (Smith Street Books)

Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull (Hardie Grant Books)

In Praise of Veg by Alice Zaslavsky (Murdoch Books)



The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals by Sami Bayly (Lothian Children's Books) [READER REVIEW]

Sing Me The Summer by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Alison Lester (Affirm Press)

The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor (Affirm Press)

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Lothian Children's Books)



Future Girl by Asphyxia (Allen & Unwin Children's)

Catch Me If I Fall by Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin Children's)

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin Children's) [READ THE REVIEW]

This One is Ours by Kate O'Donnell (University of Queensland Press)