2022 Indie Book Awards finalists revealed


Leading Edge Books has announced the shortlists for the 2022 Indie Book Awards.

Chosen from the long lists announced in December 2021, the shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • treasure and dirt (Chris Hammer, A&U)
  • Devotion (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  • Once upon a time there were wolves (Charlotte McConaghy, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The last woman in the world (Inga Simpson, Hachette)


  • Love stories (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  • who gets smart (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • Toxic: The rotten belly of Tasmania’s salmon industry (Richard Flanagan, Penguin)
  • Larrima (Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson, A&U)

First fiction

Illustrated non-fiction

  • where the river bends (Jane and Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  • Still life (Amber Creswell Bell, Thames and Hudson)
  • Garden like a Nonno (Jaclyn Crupi, affirm)
  • Costa’s world (Costa Georgiadis, ABC Books)


  • dragon skin (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Somebody’s Land: welcome to our land (Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy, A&U)
  • Rabbit, soldier, angel, thief (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)
  • Wandi (Favel Parrett, Lothian)

young adult

The shortlisted titles were chosen by independent Australian booksellers, who will vote to select the independent book of the year from among the six winners in the category. Winners will be announced during a virtual awards show on Monday, March 21.

The 2021 Independent Book of the Year winner was The dictionary of lost words by Pip Williams (Affirm). For more information, see the awards website.

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