Pan Macmillan is thrilled to announce that four of our authors have made the 2020 Indie Book Awards longlist! Three of the titles, Allegra in Three Parts, Wearing Paper Dresses and Crossings were longlisted in the Debut Fiction category. How it Feels to Float was added to the Young Adult longlist. The Indie Book Awards are the only awards where it is the independent booksellers themselves who nominate their best titles for the year, select the list and award the winners. Many past winners of the Indie Book Awards have gone on to win other major literary awards!
Anne Brinsden’s debut, Wearing Paper Dresses follows Elise, whose urbane 1950’s glamour is rudely transported to the pragmatic red soil of the Mallee when her husband returns to work the family farm. Wearing Paper Dresses asks one question; can you uproot a plant and expect it to thrive?
Suzanne Daniel’s breakout novel, Allegra in Three Parts follows the charming eleven-year-old Allegra who finds herself torn between the three people raising her, both of her grandmothers and her father. What follows is a coming-of-age story and a tale of grieving the woman who links all four of them together.
Alex Landragin’s Crossings is a novel in three parts, designed to be read in two different directions, spanning a hundred and fifty years and seven lifetimes. It’s an unmissable and remarkable book that you’ll want to read over and over again!
Helena Fox may be nominated in the Young Adult category but she is also a debut author with her contemporary novel, How it Feels to Float. The story follows Biz, a girl who knows how to float. She doesn’t tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing her friend Grace of noticing the new boy. How it Feels to Float was also nominated this week for the Young Adult category in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2020.
The shortlist will be announced on the 15 January 2020 and the winners will be announced 23 March 2020.