2016 Winners

2016 Book Award Winners

Book of the Year

  • ABIA 2016 Book of the Year winner ABIA 2016 Book of the Year author, Magda Szubanski

    Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story.

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General Fiction Book of the Year

  • ABIA 2016 General Fiction Book of the Year winner ABIA 2016 General Fiction Book of the Year author, Rachael Johns

    A warm and wise novel about secrets revealed, finding your soulmate and the unique bond between sisters.

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Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • ABIA 2016 Literary Fiction Book of the Year winner ABIA 2016 Literary Fiction Book of the Year author, Stephanie Bishop

    A novel of astonishing grace and devastating emotional power that will make your heart ache.

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General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • ABIA 2016 General Non-Fiction Book of the Year winner ABIA 2016 General Non-Fiction Book of the Year author, Tim Winton

    Wise, rhapsodic, exalted – Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers, but a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.

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Illustrated Book of the Year

  • ABIA 2016 Illustrated Book of the Year winner ABIA 2016 Illustrated Book of the Year author, Lola Berry

    Based around nutritionally dense wholefoods, Lola's recipes are gluten- and wheat-free, with very little dairy and no refined sugar. This truly is food that will make you glow with good health, inside and out.

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Book of the Year for Younger Children

  • ABIA 2016 Book of the Year for Younger Children winner ABIA 2016 Book of the Year for Younger Children author, Andy Griffiths

    From the punk rock stars of Australian children's literature comes the fastest-selling Australian book in a decade and the no. 1 bestselling book of 2015.

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Book of the Year for Older Children

  • ABIA 2016 Book of the Year for Older Children winner ABIA 2016 Book of the Year for Older Children author, Illuminae

    Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Nielsen Bookscan International Bestseller of the Year

Biography of the Year

  • ABIA 2016 Biography of the Year winner ABIA 2016 Biography of the Year author, Magda Szubanski

    Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story.

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Newcomer of the Year

International Book of the Year

  • ABIA 2016 International Book of the Year winner ABIA 2016 International Book of the Year author, Giulia Enders

    In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and -- let's be honest -- somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy.

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Export Success of the Year

Reader's Choice of the Year

Good Reading Award

Matt Richell Award for New Writer

  • ABIA 2016 Matt Richell Award for New Writer winner ABIA 2016 Matt Richell Award for New Writer author, Lucy Treloar

    "... written with a profound respect for history: with an understanding that beyond a certain point, the past and its people are unknowable." Sydney Morning Herald

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Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year

  • ABIA 2016 Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year winner ABIA 2016 Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year author, Davina Bell

    From a dynamic new picture-book partnership comes the story of Alfie and a big octopus wearing a tiny hat and the things you can only whisper to the cowboys on your wallpaper.

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Small Publisher's Adult Book of the Year

  • ABIA 2016 Small Publisher's Adult Book of the Year winner ABIA 2016 Small Publisher's Adult Book of the Year author, Matthew Condon

    All Fall Down is the gripping finale to Matthew Condon’s epic true-crime trilogy about crooked cops, bagmen and blackmail, and the monumental saga of greed that infiltrated the Queensland police force.

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2016 Industry Award Winners

Publisher of the Year

Small Publisher of the Year

Independent Bookseller of the Year

Online Book Retailer of the Year

National Book Retailer of the Year

Book Industry Digital Innovation Award

Lloyd O'Neil Award

Pixie O'Harris Award

Distributor of the Year

Chain/Franchise Bookseller of the Year

Specialist Bookseller of the Year

Regional Bookseller of the Year

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Publishing Project of the Year Award

Book Shop of the Year

Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing

Business Career Development Award

Most Innovative Publishing Venture of the Year

Australian Booksellers Association Life Membership Award

Business Innovation Award