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2021 Indie Book Awards winners announced

12/03/2021 2:32 PM
2021 Indie Book Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2021 Indie Book Awards have been announced, celebrating indie booksellers and  Australian authors.

Pip Williams' The Dictionary of Lost Words took out the Book of the Year award, having reached over 100 000 sales in the 41 weeks since its March 2021 publication. Williams said of her win;

'I am overjoyed that The Dictionary of Lost Words is the winner of the Indie Book Awards 2021 Book of the Year, and I’d like to say why.

The Dictionary of Lost Words was published just days into Australia’s first pandemic lockdown. The timing was awful for a debut novel and I lowered all expectations that my book would find its tribe of readers. But then something wonderful happened – independent booksellers refused to shut up shop. While their doors might have been closed, they found myriad ways to get books into the hands of people who would enjoy them, perhaps even need them, during the long weeks of isolation. As a reader and a writer, I was enormously grateful. 

Australian independent booksellers helped my novel thrive at a time when it seemed least likely. If I were in the business of giving out awards for outstanding achievement in 2020, independent booksellers would be at the top of the list. For this reason, it is a particularly special honour that The Dictionary of Lost Words has been chosen as the 2021 Indie Book of the Year.'

You can check out the rest of the winners in each category below.


Honeybee by Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin)


Phosphorescence by Julia Baird (Fourth Estate Australia)


The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (Affirm Press) [Podcast]


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


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


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