Aussie authors’ favourite books

In 2018, we asked some of Australia’s best known and loved authors and personalities to tell us what their favourite book titles are.

Can you guess what they’d pick? Find out using the links below.

Alice Pung’s favourite Australian Books

Ben Sanders’ Favourite Australian Books

Bob Carr’s Favourite Australian Books

Ceridwen Dovey’s Favourite Australian Books

David Roland’s Favourite Australian Books

Don Watson’s Favourite Australian Books

Favel Parrett’s Favourite Australian Books

Graeme Simsion’s Favourite Australian Books

Jacqueline Harvey’s Favourite Australian Books

Jane Jolly’s Favourite Australian Books

Josephine Moon’s Favourite Australian Books

Leigh Hobbs’ Favourite Australian Books

Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Favourite Australian Books

Michael Robotham’s Favourite Australian Books

Naomi Hunter’s Favourite Australian Books

Omar Musa’s Favourite Australian Books

R.A. Spratt’s Favourite Australian Books

Sasha Grishin’s Favourite Australian Books

Tim Low’s Favourite Australian Books


The Australian Publishers Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs).

Australian music legend, best-selling author and 2017 ABIA award winner Jimmy Barnes is shortlisted again this year for his new memoir Working Class Man. The 2018 shortlist includes some of the biggest names in the Australian book industry (which publishes over 7,000 new books annually) such as literary heavyweights Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan, Jane Harper & Michael Robotham. The 2018 shortlist showcases many high profile authors in their genres including Maggie Beer, Donna Hay, Richard Fidler, John Safran, Sarah Schmidt, Louise Milligan and Charles Massey alongside some incredible new Australian writers.

New author and publishing sensation Jessica Townsend has featured in two categories for her international best-selling Nevermoor (which has already been secured for film rights, with multiple book deals around the globe), as has Sarah Krasnostein for her critically acclaimed debut non-fiction The Trauma Cleaner and Mark Brandi for his best-selling, award-winning literary crime fiction debut Wimmera.

The awards for children’s books showcase Shaun Micallef’s subversive take on fairytales, Zoë Foster Blake’s irrepressible picture book No One Likes a Fart and award winning author James Bradley with his first YA book The Silent Invasion, alongside established best-selling children’s authors including Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Mem Fox and Aaron Blabey.

For the past 18 years, the ABIAs have been a highlight of the Australian literary calendar. With previous winners including Tim Winton, Magda Szubanski, Anna Funder, Anh Do, Jimmy Barnes, Judith Lucy and Paul Kelly. They showcase the best of Australian story-tellers, booksellers and publishers. The ABIA’s are the Oscars of the book industry, with some of the country’s best authors, celebrities and political figures to be in attendance for the award ceremony on Thursday May 3 at the Sydney ICC.

The ABIA Voting Academy is made up of over 250 representatives from across the bookselling and publishing industry as well as additional specialist experts. Following the announcement of the shortlist a series of expert panels decide on the winner in each category.

This year, the Australian Publishers Association will present a new award, the Rising Star of the Year Award, which recognises emerging talent in the Australian publishing industry.

Keep up with all your ABIA 2018 news:

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For further information, please call Debbie McInnes, DMCPRMEDIA, T: 02 9550 9207 E:



Danger Music, Eddie Ayres (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

Tracker, Alexis Wright (Giramondo Publishing, Giramondo Publishing Company)

Unbreakable, Jelena Dokic and Jess Halloran (Ebury Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)

Unmasked, Turia Pitt (Ebury Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)

Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

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Force of Nature, Jane Harper (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)

The Dark Lake, Sarah Bailey (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club, Sophie Green (Hachette, Hachette Australia)

The Secrets She Keeps, Michael Robotham (Hachette, Hachette Australia)

The Trip of A Lifetime, Monica McInerney (Michael Joseph Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)


Being 14, Madonna King (Hachette, Hachette Australia)

Depends What You Mean By Extremist, John Safran (Hamish Hamilton Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)

First, We Make The Beast Beautiful, Sarah Wilson (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)

Saga Land, Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)

The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)


Basics to Brilliance Kids, Donna Hay (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins Publishers)

Maggie’s Recipe for Life, Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins (A Julie Gibbs Book for Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)

Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants, Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia)

Ostro, Julia Busuttil Nishimura (Plum, Pan Macmillan Australia)

Paris: Through a Fashion Eye, Megan Hess (Hardie Grant Books, Hardie Grant Publishing)


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli and Francesa Cavallo (Particular Books -UK Juvenile, Penguin Random House Australia)

Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus, Bloomsbury Publishing)

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One, Philip Pullman (David Fickling Books, Penguin Random House Australia)

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing)


A Long Way Home, Peter Carey (Hamish Hamilton Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)

First Person, Richard Flanagan (Knopf Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)

See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt (Hachette, Hachette Australia)

The Choke, Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

Wimmera, Mark Brandi (Hachette, Hachette Australia)


Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture – A New Earth, Charles Massy (The University of Queensland Press, The University of Queensland Press)

Cardinal, Louise Milligan (Melbourne University Press, Melbourne University Publishing)

The Australian Bird Guide, Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin (CSIRO Publishing, CSIRO Publishing)

The Restorer, Michael Sala (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)

Museum of Words, Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications, Scribe Publications)


Big Fella Rain, Beryl Webber and illustrated by Fern Martins (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)

Hello, Melbourne!, Megan McKean (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia)

It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do, Josh Langley (Big Sky Publishing, Big Sky Publishing)

The Elephant, Peter Carnavas (The University of Queensland Press, The University of Queensland Press)

Under the Love Umbrella, Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys (Scribble Kids’ Books, Scribe Publications)


Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend (Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia)

Terra Nullius, Claire G Coleman (Hachette, Hachette Australia)

The Girl from Munich, Tania Blanchard (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)

The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)

Wimmera, Mark Brandi (Hachette, Hachette Australia)


Beautiful Mess, Claire Christian (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

My Life as a Hashtag, Gabrielle Williams (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

Tales From a Tall Forest, Shaun Micallef and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley (Hardie Grant Egmont, Hardie Grant Egmont)

The Silent Invasion, James Bradley (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)


Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase, Peter Helliar and illustrated by Lesley Vamos (Hardie Grant Egmont, Hardie Grant Egmont)

Funny Kid for President, Matt Stanton (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)

Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend (Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia)

Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster, Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont, Hardie Grant Egmont)

The 91-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)


Do Not Lick This Book, Idan Ben-Barak and illustrated by Julian Frost (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

Florett, Anna Walker (Viking – AU YR, Penguin Random House Australia)

I’m Australian Too, Mem Fox and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)

No One Likes a Fart, Zoë Foster Blake (Viking – AU YR, Penguin Random House Australia)

Pig the Star, Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia)


The Attachment: Letters From a Most Unlikely Friendship, Written & Narrated by Ailsa Piper and Tony Doherty (Wavesound Pty Ltd)

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (With Extra Sass), Written & Narrated by Em Rusciano (Wavesound Pty Ltd)

Marge and the Great Train Rescue, Written & Narrated by Isla Fisher (Bolinda Publishing)

Working Class Boy, Written & Narrated by Jimmy Barnes (Bolinda Audio)

The 91-Storey Treehouse, Written & Illustrated by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton. Narrated by Stig Weymss (Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd)


Ali Hammond (Category Manager, Dymocks Booksellers)

Cate Blake (Commissioning Editor, Penguin Random House)

Lex Hirst (Commissioning Editor, Penguin Random House)

Patrizia Di Biase-Dyson (Publicity Manager, Allen & Unwin)

Shalini Kunahlan (Marketing Manager, Text Publishing)

Vote for your all-time favourite ABIA Book of the Year!

Every year, the Australian Book Industry awards one exceptional book the title of Book of the Year. To celebrate this award, our friends at Better Reading want to find out which of the past winners is Australia’s favourite.

Pick a Book of the Year, explain why it’s your favourite and you could win a the ABIA 2018 prize pack.

The winner will receive two VIP tickets to the Australian Book Industry Awards, in Sydney including flights and accommodation plus a copy of ALL the ABIA winning Books of the Year.

The competition will end 5pm on 19 April, 2018.