‘Love & Virtue’ wins ABIA Book of the Year 2022


The winners of the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) 2022 have been announced.

Diana Reid’s first novel Love & Virtue won overall ABIA Book of the Year as well as Literary Fiction Book of the Year. Written in 2020 just after Reid graduated from college, the campus novel follows the relationship between two young women at an elite residential college and, according to the author, “the characters are largely the accumulation of ‘years of observing campus culture and reflecting my generation’.

Love & Virtue won the 2021 MUD Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Independent Book Award for First Fiction and the Booksellers’ Choice Fiction Book of the Year Award. Reid was also named Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist for 2022.

The ABIA winners in each category, including book awards and business awards, are:

ABIA Book of the Year

General Fiction Book of the Year

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

Overall Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • She’s on the money (Victoria Devine, Life of the Penguins)

Biographical Book of the Year

  • my adventurous life (Dick Smith, A&U)

Book of the year for older children (from 13 years old)

Book of the year for young children (7 to 12 years old)

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

  • Somebody’s Land: welcome to our land (Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy, A&U)

Illustrated Book of the Year

  • Everything I like to cook (Neil Perry, Murdoch Books)

International Book of the Year

  • The narrator (Dave Grohl, S&S)

Small Publishers Adult Book of the Year

Small Publishers Children’s Book of the Year

Audiobook of the Year

  • Dedication (Hannah Kent, narrated by Emily Wheaton, Pan Macmillan)

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

Bookstore of the year

Bookstore of the year

  • Avenue Albert Park Bookstore

Editor of the Year

  • Penguin Random House Australia

Small Publisher of the Year

  • University of Queensland Press

Rising Star Award

Chosen by the ABIA Academy, which includes more than 250 industry representatives, the winners were announced during the ABIA Awards Ceremony broadcast live from the International Convention Center in Sydney on Thursday 9 June. Last year’s ABIA Book of the Year winner was Phosphorescence by Julia Baird (Fourth Estate).

To view a recording of the 2022 ABIA Awards Ceremony, visit the ABIA YouTube channel.

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