The winners of the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on 25 May. We are very proud to have been named Publisher of the Year.
Congratulations to Jane Harper who won the overall Book of the Year for her stunning debut novel The Dry. The 78-Storey Treehouse also won the Book of the Year for Younger Children. Congratulations to author Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton.
Read the full list of awards here.
IN OTHER NEWS...
by Shannon Lee Alexander
The votes have been counted and we’re delighted to share that Pan Macmillan authors have come in first and second in Booktopia’s Australia’s Favourite Author. On top of this, our authors made up five of the top ten!
Matthew Reilly took home first place – he’s had an exciting week, with the announcement of the title of his newest Jack West book THE THREE SECRET CITIES. Big Little Lies author, Liane Moriarty, came in second place.
Huge congratulations to Matthew Reilly, Liane Moriarty, John Marsden, Andy Griffiths and Di Morrissey!
See the full list of the top 100 here.
Want to learn more about these authors and all of their books? Check them out here:
About the awards:
The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.
The winners of the five award categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults – each receive $25,000, and go on to contest the Victorian Prize for Literature.
Taboo takes place in the present day, in the rural South-West of Western Australia, and tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar’s descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife’s dying wishes and cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations.
But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.
We walk with the ragtag group through this taboo country and note in them glimmers of re-connection with language, lore, country. We learn alongside them how countless generations of Noongar may have lived in ideal rapport with the land. This is a novel of survival and renewal, as much as destruction; and, ultimately, of hope as much as despair.