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Announcing the 2020 ABIA shortlist!

April 28, 2020

Four Pan Macmillan authors on the 2020 ABIA shortlist!

The Australian Book Industry Awards announces its 2020 shortlist!

We are thrilled at the news of four Pan Macmillan authors making this year’s ABIA shortlist. The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) are one of Australia’s largest celebrations of book publishing. The awards serve to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of authors, artists, publishers and retailers in Australia. We’re overjoyed to congratulate our authors on making the shortlist.

Wishing all the nominees the best of luck at the ABIA event on 13 May, 2020. Due to COVID-19, this will be streamed on YouTube, so everyone can attend!

Pan Macmillan would also like to congratulate our author Helen Garner on receiving one of two ABIA 2020 Hall of Fame Awards. Helen received the Lloyd O’Neill Award in 2020 for outstanding contribution to the industry.


Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar – Best Literary Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist

Kitty Hawke, the last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay, has resigned herself to annihilation…

Until one night her granddaughter blows ashore in the midst of a storm, desperate, begging for sanctuary. For years, Kitty has kept herself to herself – with only the company of her wolfdog, Girl – unconcerned by the world outside, or perhaps avoiding its worst excesses. But blood cannot be turned away in times like these. And when trouble comes following her granddaughter, no one is more surprised than Kitty to find she will fight to save her as fiercely as her name suggests…


When All is Said & Done by Neale Daniher – Best Biography Book of the Year Shortlist

Neale Daniher sat down to pen a letter to the grandchildren he’ll never get to know. And then he kept on writing…

In 2013, the AFL legend was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease – a cruel and incurable condition. When All is Said & Done is a book of stories and wisdom from a man who has always held his beliefs to the Bunsen burner of life. Neale is unflinchingly honest, sharing a timely reminder that, even though life doesn’t promise to be fair, we all have the power to choose how to make our time on this earth matter.


The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton – Book of the Year for Younger Children Shortlist

Andy and Terry’s amazing treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-fighting-robot arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.


No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani – Audiobook of the Year Shortlist

In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric firsthand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.



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