Indie Book Awards 2022 long lists announced


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

The shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • After the story (Larissa Behrendt, UQP)
  • The good wife of Bath (Karen Brooks, QG Fiction)
  • Plum (Brendan Cowell, Fourth Estate)
  • Scary monsters (Michelle from Kretser, A&U)
  • Treasure and dirt (Chris Hammer, A&U)
  • Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray / River of Dreams (Anita Heiss, S&S)
  • Devotion (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  • Love objects (Emily Maguire, A&U)
  • Once upon a time there were wolves (Charlotte McConaghy, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The last woman in the world (Inga Simpson, Hachette).

non-fictional works

  • Full Notes (Ed Ayres, ABC Books)
  • Love stories (Trent Dalton, fourth estate)
  • Who gets smart (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • Toxic (Richard Flanagan, Penguin)
  • How we like (Clementine Ford, A&U)
  • Larrimah (Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson, A&U)
  • The shining boy (Gideon Haigh, Scribner)
  • Funkytown (Paul Kennedy, Affirm)
  • So you think you know what’s right for you? (Norman Swan, Hachette)
  • My adventurous life (Dick Smith, A&U)

First fiction

  • When things are alive they hum (Hannah Bent, Ultimo)
  • Happy hour (Jacquie Byron, A&U)
  • the homage (John Byron, Affirm)
  • The eye of the curlew (Karen Manton, A&U)
  • We weren’t men (Campbell Mattinson, HarperCollins)
  • Permafrost (SJ Normand, UQP)
  • Stoning (Peter Papathanasiou, Transit Lounge)
  • The one who became the sun (Shelley Parker-Chan, Tor)
  • Love & Virtue (Diana Reid, Ultimo)
  • The silent listener (Lyn Yeowart, Viking)

non-fictional works illustrated

  • Where the river bends (Jane and Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  • Still life (Amber Creswell Bell, Thames & Hudson)
  • Garden like a nonno (Jaclyn Crupi, Affirm)
  • Costa’s world (Costa Georgiadis, ABC Books)
  • A room for her (Robyn Lea, Thames & Hudson)
  • The great forest (David Lindenmayer, with photographs by Chris Taylor, Sarah Rees and Steven Kuiter, A&U)
  • old vintage melbourne (Chris Macheras, scribe)
  • The good life (Hannah Moloney, Affirm)
  • Wild mushrooms: a guide for foragers (Alison Pouliot & Tom May, Éditions CSIRO)
  • Country dogs on the doorstep (Suzanne Stevenson, Affirm)


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Particular Pairs in Nature (Sami Bayly, Lothian)
  • Tomorrow is a whole new day (Davina Bell, illustration by Allison Colpoys, Scribble)
  • The boy and the elephant (Freya Blackwood, HarperCollins)
  • Whale Walk (Nick Bland, Little Hare)
  • The most unnecessary animals in the world (Philip Bunting, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)
  • Dragon skin (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Somebody’s Land: Welcome to our country (Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illustration by David Hardy, A&U)
  • Down the road, little bee (Sarah Jane Lightfoot, Affirm)
  • Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)
  • Wandi (Favel Parrett, Lothian)

Young adult

  • disinterested (AVIVA, Pan)
  • The monster of his age (Danielle Binks, Lothian)
  • 100 remarkable achievements of Xander Maze (Clayton Zane Comber, HarperCollins)
  • The Mish Boy (Gary Lonesborough, A&U)
  • Terciel and Elinor (Garth Nix, A&U)
  • The prison healer (Lynette Noni, Penguin)
  • Dark Rise (CS Pacat, A&U)
  • If it’s not us (Mark Smith, text)
  • Hollow house (Krystal Sutherland, Penguin)
  • The heart of Henry Hamlet (Rhiannon Wilde, UQP).

Shortlisted titles were nominated by independent booksellers across the country.

The shortlist will be announced on January 19, 2021, and the category winners and overall book of the year will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on Monday, March 21, 2021.

The winner of the Independent Book of the Year 2021 was The Lost Words Dictionary by Pip Williams (Affirm).

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