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ABIA 2020 Shortlist Announced

ABIA 2020 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) has been announced today, with the announcement of the winners only a few short weeks away.

Each category winner, and one overall Book of the Year winner will be announced at a special virtual awards event on Wednesday 13 May at 4pm.

The live event, hosted by Casey Bennetto, will be broadcast via YouTube, with appearances from Judy Nunn, Leigh Sales, Anita Heiss, Julia Gillard, Kate Ritchie, Richard Harris and Clare Bowditch, an author and singer-songwriter who will be giving a special performance.

The Australian Publishers Association has also announced a further two Hall of Fame awards, and the 2020 Rising Star Award.

Helen Garner will be receiving the Lloyd O’Neill Award for outstanding contribution to the industry, and Erica Wagner will receive the Pixie O’Harris Award for consistent contribution to children’s literature.

Hazel Lam will receive the 2020 ABIA Rising Star Award in recognition of encouragement and development in the industry.

The move to a digital ABIA ceremony this year means it will be available for thousands more to see, so head to YouTube on the 13th to find out the winner of each category, and the overall ABIA Book of the Year Award.


See the full shortlist below.

Audio Book of the Year

  • Fake: A Startling True Story of Love in a World of Liars, Cheats, Narcissists, Fantasists and Phonies by Stephanie Wood - Narrated by Claudia Karvan
  • No Friend But the Mountains, by Behrouz Boochani - Narrated by; Omid Tofighian, Isobelle Carmody, Janet Galbraith, Mathilda Imlah, Geoffrey Robertson, Richard Flanagan, Sarah Dale, Thomas Keneally, Yumi Stynes
  • The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, by Hugh Van Cuylenburg - Narrated by Hugh Van Cuylenburg
  • The Yield, by Tara June Winch - Narrated by Tony Briggs
  • Your Own Kind of Girl, by Clare Bowditch - Narrated by Clare Bowditch

Biography Book of the Year

  • Born-Again Blakfella, Jack Charles
  • Tell Me Why, Archie Roach
  • The Prettiest Horse In The Glue Factory, Corey White 
  • When All is Said & Done, Neale Daniher, with Warwick Green
  • Your Own Kind of Girl, Clare Bowditch

Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12)

Children's Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6)

  • All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors, Davina Bell & Jenny Løvlie
  • Bluey: The Beach, Ludo Studio, BBC Studios and Penguin Random House Australia
  • Mr Chicken All Over Australia, Leigh Hobbs
  • The Tiny Star, Mem Fox & Freya Blackwood
  • Wilam, Andrew Kelly, Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy

General Fiction Book of the Year

General Non-fiction Book of the Year

Illustrated Book of the Year

  • Australia Modern: Architecture, Landscape & Design 1925–1975, Hannah Lewi & Philip Goad
  • Ben Quilty, Ben Quilty
  • The Lost Boys: The untold stories of the under-age soldiers who fought in the First World War, Paul Byrnes
  • The Whole Fish Cookbook, Josh Niland
  • Three Birds Renovations, Erin Cayless, Bonnie Hindmarsh & Lana Taylor

International Book of the Year

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year

  • Feeding the Birds at Your Table: A guide for Australia, Darryl Jones
  • Kindred, Kirli Saunders
  • Paris Savages, Katherine Johnson
  • Sand Talk, Tyson Yunkaporta
  • The White Girl, Tony Birch

Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year

  • Little Bird’s Day, Written by Sally Morgan, Illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr
  • Love Your Body, written by Jessica Sanders, illustrated by Carol Rossetti
  • Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street, Felicita Sala
  • Sick Bay, Nova Weetman
  • You Can Change the World: The Kids' Guide to a Better Planet, Lucy Bell

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

  • Being Black 'n Chicken, and Chips, Matt Okine
  • Call Me Evie, J P Pomare
  • It Sounded Better in My Head, Nina Kenwood
  • Sand Talk, Tyson Yunkaporta
  • Your Own Kind of Girl, Clare Bowditch