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Indie Book Awards 2022 winners announced

Indie Book Awards 2022 winners announced

Australian independent booksellers have announced the winners of the 2022 Indie Book Awards.

The Indie Book Awards were established in 2008 and recognise and celebrate the best in Australian writing across six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Debut Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Children’s books (up to 12yo) and Young Adult (12+).

From these six categories, the Australian independent booksellers selected their favourite book from the last year - with Love Stories by Trent Dalton winning the 2022 Book of the Year.

Bookseller judge Lindy jones praised Dalton’s book: ‘Only someone as big-hearted, curious and willing to listen as Dalton could get away with this concept. Coupled with his fine turns of phrase, daggy self-portrayal and evident affection for the city of Brisbane which he portrays colourfully, this is a book full of feelings that touches the reader with the grace, wonder, thrill, pain and grief of love and loving in its many manifestations.’

On winning the award, Dalton said: ‘Love Stories was my big middle finger to the pandemic and all the cruel distance it put between the ones we love. The gentlest rebellion there ever was maybe – grab a typewriter and write about love – but the readers of Australia took it for what it was, a gentle reminder of the good stuff inside us and the good stuff out there in every city and suburb across Australia.’

 

Check out the full list of winners:

BOOK OF THE YEAR

Love Stories by Trent Dalton (Fourth Estate Australia)

FICTION

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

NON-FICTION

Love Stories by Trent Dalton (Fourth Estate Australia)

DEBUT FICTION

The Silent Listener by Lyn Yeowart (Viking Australia)

ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION

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

CHILDREN’S

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

YOUNG ADULT

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