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Indie Book Awards 2022 shortlist announced

Indie Book Awards 2022 shortlist announced

Australian independent booksellers have announced the shortlist for the 2022 Indie Book Awards.

The Indie Book Awards were established in 2008 and recognize and celebrate the best in Australian writing.

The 24 shortlisted books have been nominated by indie booksellers and will be competing for the op sport for the Overall Indie ‘Book of the Year’ Award for 2022.

A panel of expert judges who are all indie booksellers will choose winners across the six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Debut Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Children’s books (up to 12yo) and Young Adult (12+).

There will then be a vote across the country to select their favourite book of the year from the six category winners.

Shortlisted author, Chris Hammer, noted the importance of independent bookstores, stating, ‘Independent bookstores have been a saviour during the dark days of Covid, nourishing their communities and championing Australian authors. It makes me so proud to have Treasure & Dirt shortlisted for an Indie Award.’

Stay tuned for the Category Winners and the Overall Book of the Year Winner announcement on Monday 21 March 2022 via  a virtual awards event.


Check out the shortlist:


Treasure and Dirt, Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin)

Devotion, Hannah Kent (Picador Australia)

Once There Were Wolves, Charlotte McConaghy (Hamish Hamilton Australia)

The Last Woman in the World, Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia)



Love Stories, Trent Dalton (Fourth Estate Australia)

Who Gets to Be Smart, Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)

Toxic: The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry, Richard Flanagan (Penguin Australia)

Larrimah, Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson (Allen & Unwin)



When Things Are Alive They Hum, Hannah Bent (Ultimo Press)

We Were Not Men, Campbell Mattinson (HarperCollins Australia)

Love & Virtue, Diana Reid (Ultimo Press)

The Silent Listener, Lyn Yeowart (Viking Australia)



Where the River Bends, Jane and Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Australia)

Still Life, Amber Creswell Bell (Thames & Hudson Australia)

Garden Like a Nonno, Jaclyn Crupi (Affirm Press)

Costa's World, Costa Georgiadis (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)



Dragon Skin, Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin Children's)

Somebody's Land: Welcome to Our Country, Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy (Allen & Unwin Children's)

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief, Katrina Nannestad (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)

Wandi, Favel Parrett (Lothian Children's Books)



The Monster of Her Age, Danielle Binks (Lothian Children's Books)

The Boy from the Mish, Gary Lonesborough (Allen & Unwin Children's)

The Prison Healer, Lynette Noni (Penguin Australia)

If Not Us, Mark Smith (Text Publishing)