We are very proud of all these authors for their books being longlisted for the ABIA Awards 2019. The ABIA Awards are a key event in the publishing industry and to make it through to the longlist is a fantastic and well-deserved accomplishment. A shortlist will be released on Thursday April 11, with the winners announced at the publishing industry’s night of nights on Thursday 2 May.
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This year, we have Markus Zusak and Bridge of Clay nominated for Literary Book of the Year. Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return following The Book Thief, with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.
“In The Lost Man, Jane Harper surpasses her achievement in The Dry, her multi-awardwinning first novel. A broad range of Australian and international readers will be engaged by the strong setting and mystery storyline of the new novel” Weekend Australian
“She is…both hugely popular yet subversive…Nine Perfect Strangers shows Moriarty still taking risks with fiction…weighty issues writ with humour and a light touch. The hammer is still in the handbag, ready to smash a glass window or two.” Lucy Sussex, The Australian
In the Illustrated Book of the Year category, Hetty McKinnon with her latest work, Family has been longlisted. In Family, Hetty shares her approach to uncomplicated, hearty and healthy food that is powered by vegetables. These classic, multicultural dishes are the ones she serves around her own family table.
Once again, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are nominated in the Younger Children (Ages 7-12) Book of the Year category for the next instalment in their wildly popular Treehouse series, The 104-Storey Treehouse. In this exciting book, you can throw some refrigerators, make some money with the money-making machine (or honey if you’d prefer-it makes that too), climb the never-ending staircase, have a bunfight, deposit some burps in the burp bank, get totally tangled up in the tangled-up level, or just take some time out and relax in the peaceful sunny meadow full of buttercups, butterflies and bluebirds.
Two of our non-fiction authors have been nominated in the General Non-Fiction Book of the Year category. The critically acclaimed, No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani and the inspirational Eddie Woo for Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths.
No Friend But The Mountains was laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.
“I never thought I’d read a maths book cover to cover, let alone sing its praises. Eddie Woo makes maths fun, accessible and relevant. Now we can all benefit from his extraordinary skill as a teacher.”
JENNY BROCKIE, journalist and TV host
In the For Older Children (13+) Book of the Year category, A.J. Betts’ Hive has been longlisted. Hive is the first in a gripping two-book series by this award-winning and international bestselling author.