Australian independent booksellers have announced their Shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2018, for the best Australian books published in 2017.

Now in its tenth year, the Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate this country’s incredible talent and the role independent booksellers play in supporting and nurturing Australian writing.




Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia)
The Choke by Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin)
On the Java Ridge by Jock Serong (Text Publishing)
City of Crows by Chris Womersley (Pan Macmillan Australia)


Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Australia)
The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications)
Saga Land by Richard Fidler & Kári Gíslason (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing)


Wimmera by Mark Brandi (Hachette Australia)
Australia Day by Melanie Cheng (Text Publishing)
The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover (Black Inc.)
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Hachette Australia)


Maggie’s Recipe For Life by Maggie Beer with Professor Ralph Martins (Simon & Schuster Australia)
Cornersmith: Salads and Pickles by Alex Elliott-Howery & Sabine Spindler (Murdoch Books)
Native: Art & Design with Australian Plants by Kate Herd & Jela Ivankovic-Waters (Thames & Hudson Australia)
Beyond the Rock by Janelle McCulloch (Bonnier Publishing Australia)


Pig the Star by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Australia)
I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox & Ronojoy Ghosh (Illus) (Scholastic Australia)
Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia)


Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian (Text Publishing)
Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Untidy Towns by Kate O’Donnell (University of Queensland Press)
Wilder Country by Mark Smith (Text Publishing)

The twenty-four shortlisted books will be vying for the top spot as the Overall Indie ‘Book of the Year’ for 2018 as judged by a panel of all indie booksellers and avid readers. Winners will be chosen in the six book categories – Fiction, Debut Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s books (up to 12yo), Young Adult (12+) and Illustrated Non-Fiction (new for 2018). Independent booksellers from around the country will then vote to select their favourite book of the year from the six category winners.

The Category Winners and the Overall ‘Book of the Year’ Winner will be announced on Monday 26 March, 2018.


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