2024 Book Awards Shortlist Announcement

21 Mar 2024

We are thrilled to announce the Book Awards shortlists for ABIA 2024!

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) showcase the best talent in the business, with exceptional collaborations between publishers, authors, editors, illustrators, marketers and designers in bringing quality books to Australian and international markets.

Browse the Book Awards shortlists below, while the shortlists for the Business Awards can be viewed here.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 9 May 2024, and will be eligible for the coveted Book of the Year Award, proudly presented by BorrowBox.

Audiobook of the Year

  • The Teacher’s Pet, Hedley Thomas; narrated by Hedley Thomas and Full Cast ( Macmillan Australia Audio, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Last Daughter, Brenda Matthews; narrated by Ella Ferris (Bolinda audio, Bolinda / ABC audio)
  • The Voice to Parliament Handbook, Thomas Mayo, Kerry O’Brien; narrated by Thomas Mayo, Kerry O’Brien (Bolinda audio)
  • Welcome to Sex, Melissa Kang, Yumi Stynes; narrated by Melissa Kang, Yumi Stynes (Bolinda audio)
  • Wifedom, Anna Funder; narrated by Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, Jane Slavin (Bolinda audio)
  • Edenglassie, Melissa Lucashenko; narrated by Ursula Yovich (Audible Studios, Audible Australia); produced by Radhiah Chowdhury / Sound Kitchen Studio

Biography Book of the Year

  • Showing Up, Nedd Brockmann (Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Heartbake, Charlotte Ree (Allen & Unwin)
  • Love & Pain, Ben Gillies, Chris Joannou (Hachette Australia)
  • Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life, Anna Funder (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Unfinished Woman, Robyn Davidson (Bloomsbury Publishing)

The initial shortlist announcement contained a sixth title, Did I Ever Tell You This?: A Memoir by Sam Neill (Text Publishing). It was ineligible under the ABIA Biography of the Year Award criteria, and withdrawn.

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

  • This Book Thinks Ya Deadly, Corey Tutt, illustrated by Molly Hunt (Hardie Grant Explore, Hardie Grant Publishing)
  • The Quiet and the Loud, Helena Fox (Pan, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Welcome to Sex, Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes, illustrated by Jenny Latham (HGCP Non-Fiction, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)
  • Stuck Up and Stupid, Angourie Rice, Kate Rice (Walker Books Australia)
  • Eleanor Jones is Not a Murderer, Amy Doak (Penguin, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Isles of Gods, Amie Kaufman (Allen & Unwin)

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

  • It’s the Sound of the Thing, Maxine Beneba Clarke (HGCP Older Readers, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)
  • Songlines, Margo Neale, Lynne Kelly, Blak Douglas (Thames & Hudson)
  • Kimmi, Favel Parrett (Hachette Australia, Lothian Children’s Books)
  • The 169-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Pan, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Custodians: Wylah the Koorie Warrior 2, Jordan Gould and Richard Pritchard (Albert Street Books, Allen & Unwin)
  • Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures, Jason Pamment (Allen & Unwin)

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

  • What to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do, Davina Bell, illustrated by Hilary Jean Tapper (Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia)
  • If I Was a Horse, Sophie Blackall (Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia)
  • Nightsong, Sally Soweol Han (UQP, University of Queensland Press)
  • Australia: Country of Colour, Jess Racklyeft (Affirm Press)
  • Australian Animals: From Beach to Bush, Brentos (Affirm Press)
  • A Life Song, Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker (Puffin, Penguin Random House Australia)

General Fiction Book of the Year

  • Homecoming, Kate Morton (Allen & Unwin)
  • Mr Einstein’s Secretary, Matthew Reilly (Macmillan, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Green Dot, Madeleine Gray (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Bookbinder of Jericho, Pip Williams (Affirm Press)
  • Dark Mode, Ashley Kalagian-Blunt (Ultimo Press, Hardie Grant Publishing)
  • Everyone On This Train Is A Suspect, Benjamin Stevenson (Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House Australia)

General Non-fiction Book of the Year

  • The Voice to Parliament Handbook, Thomas Mayo and Kerry O’Brien (Hardie Grant Explore, Hardie Grant Publishing)
  • I Don’t, Clementine Ford (Allen & Unwin)
  • It’s The Menopause: What you need to know in your 40s, 50s and beyond, Kaz Cooke (Viking, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Question 7, Richard Flanagan (Knopf, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Crossing the Line, Nick McKenzie (Hachette Australia)
  • Bright Shining, Julia Baird (4th Estate, HarperCollins Publishers)

Illustrated Book of the Year

  • The New Modernist House, Patricia Callan (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson)
  • Iwantja, Iwantja Artists (Thames & Hudson Australia)
  • Australian Abstract, Amber Creswell Bell (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson)
  • Fish Butchery, Josh Niland (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Books)
  • The Year I Met My Brain: A travel companion for adults who have just found out they have ADHD, Matilda Boseley, illustrated by Evie Hilliar (Penguin Life, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Getting to Know the Birds in Your Neighbourhood: A Field Guide, Darryl Jones (NewSouth, NewSouth Publishing)

International Book of the Year

  • Iron Flame, Rebecca Yarros (Piatkus, Hachette Australia)
  • Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros (Piatkus, Hachette Australia)
  • Tom Lake, Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • The Woman in Me, Britney Spears (Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Icebreaker, Hannah Grace (Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • SPARE, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex (Bantam UK, Penguin Random House Australia)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Hummingbird Effect, Kate Mildenhall (Scribner Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • The In-Between, Christos Tsiolkas (Allen & Unwin)
  • Stone Yard Devotional, Charlotte Wood (Allen & Unwin)
  • Prima Facie, Suzie Miller (Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Women & Children, Tony Birch (UQP, University of Queensland Press)
  • Lola in the Mirror, Trent Dalton (4th Estate, HarperCollins Publishers)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

  • The Matilda Effect, Fiona Crawford (Melbourne University Press, Melbourne University Publishing)
  • Edenglassie, Melissa Lucashenko (UQP, University of Queensland Press)
  • Everyone and Everything, Nadine J. Cohen (Pantera Press)
  • I’d Rather Not, Robert Skinner (Black Inc.)
  • Killing for Country: A Family Story, David Marr (Black Inc.)

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

  • Gurawul the Whale: An ancient story for our time, Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison, illustrated by Laura La Rosa (Magabala Books)
  • Meet Me at the Moon Tree, Shivaun Plozza (UQP, University of Queensland Press)
  • Let’s Never Speak of This Again, Megan Williams (Text Publishing)
  • Listen, Nicole Godwin and Duncan Smith, illustrated by Jandamarra Cadd (Wild Dog Books)
  • Who’s Afraid of the Light?, Anna McGregor (Scribble, Scribe Publications)
  • Artichoke to Zucchini: an alphabet of delicious things from around the world, Alice Oehr (Scribble, Scribe Publications)

Social Impact Book of the Year

  • The Voice to Parliament Handbook, Thomas Mayo and Kerry O’Brien (Hardie Grant Explore, Hardie Grant Publishing)
  • Welcome to Sex, Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes, illustrated by Jenny Latham (HGCP Non-Fiction, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)
  • The Year I Met My Brain: A travel companion for adults who have just found out they have ADHD, Matilda Boseley, illustrated by Evie Hilliar (Penguin Life, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life, Anna Funder (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • The Palestine Laboratory: how Israel exports the technology of occupation around the world, Antony Loewenstein (Scribe Publications)
  • The Queen is Dead, Stan Grant (4th Estate, HarperCollins Publishers)

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

  • Green Dot, Madeleine Gray (Allen & Unwin)
  • At the Foot of the Cherry Tree, Alli Parker (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Saltwater Boy, Bradley Christmas (Walker Books Australia)
  • Lenny Marks Gets Away with Murder, Kerryn Mayne (Bantam, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • A Brilliant Life, Rachelle Unreich (Hachette Australia)
  • Everyone and Everything, Nadine J Cohen (Pantera Press)