2022 ABIA Shortlists Announced | Books+Publishing

The shortlists for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) 2022 have been announced.

The shortlisted books in each category are:

General Fiction Book of the Year

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

Overall Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • Love stories (Trent Dalton, Harper Collins)
  • She’s on the money (Victoria Devine, Life of the Penguins)
  • Toxic: The rotten belly of Tasmania’s salmon industry (Richard Flanagan, Penguin)
  • Heartsick: Three stories about love and loss, and what happens in between (Jessie Stephens, Macmillan)
  • So you think you know what’s good for you? (Norman Swan, Hachette)

Biographical Book of the Year

  • The mother’s wound (Amani Haydar, Macmillan)
  • emotional feminine (Yumiko Kadota, Viking)
  • Turns out I’m fine (Judith Lucy, Scribner)
  • my adventurous life (Dick Smith, A&U)
  • It wasn’t supposed to be like this (Lisa Wilkinson, HarperCollins)

Book of the year for older children (from 13 years old)

Book of the year for young children (7 to 12 years old)

Children’s Picture Book of the Year (Ages 0-6)

  • Somebody’s Land: welcome to our land (Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy, A&U)
  • Break of the day (Amy McQuire and Matt Chun, Bright Light)
  • Bedtime sorted (Jimmy Rees, illustration by Briony Steward, Affirm)
  • Boss of your own body (Byll & Beth Stephen, illustrated by Simon Howe, HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Winner Winner Dinner Chicken Bin (Kate & Jol Temple, artwork by Ronojoy Ghosh, Scholastic)

Illustrated Book of the Year

  • You’re Doing It Wrong: A History of Bad Advice and Goofs to Women (Kaz Cooke, Vikings)
  • Still life (Amber Creswell Bell, T&H)
  • Costa’s world (Costa Georgiadis, ABC Books)
  • Death by sauce in a jar (Nat is what I think, Ebury)
  • Everything I like to cook (Neil Perry, Murdoch Books)

International Book of the Year

  • The narrator (Dave Grohl, S&S)
  • Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: love for shelves (Yotam Ottolenghi & Noor Murad, Ebury)
  • Those previous days (Ann Patchett, Bloomsbury)
  • Beautiful world, where are you (Sally Rooney, Faber)
  • Still life (Sarah Winman, Harper Collins)

Small Publishers Adult Book of the Year

  • dropbear (Evelyn Araluen, UQP)
  • Black and Blue: A Memoir on Racism and Resilience (Veronica Gorrie, Scribe)
  • Caught in flagrante delicto (Shane Jenek, Pantera Press)
  • The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison (Sean Kelly, Black Inc.)
  • Wild mushrooms: a guide for foragers (Alison Pouliot and Tom May, CSIRO)

Small Publishers Children’s Book of the Year

Audiobook of the Year

  • Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (Anita Heiss, narrated by Tamala Shelton, Network Ten, S&S)
  • emotional feminine (Yumiko Kadota, narrated by Yumiko Kadota, PRH)
  • Dedication (Hannah Kent, narrated by Emily Wheaton, Pan Macmillan)
  • Spanish: condom life without filter (Spanish, with Christopher Kevin Au, narrated by Spanian, with Amos Phillips, Squaresound, Hachette)
  • The performance (Claire Thomas, narrated by Edwina Wren et al., Squaresound, Hachette)

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

The shortlisted titles, chosen from the long lists announced in March, were selected by the ABIA Academy, which includes more than 250 industry representatives.

Recipients of the Lloyd O’Neill Hall of Fame Award for Outstanding Service to the Australian Book Industry, the Pixie O’Harris Award for Lifelong Contribution to Children’s Literature, the Rising Star Award for Emerging Talent in Publishing Industry and Business Awards shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 31 May.

Winners in each category will be announced at the ABIA Awards Ceremony at the Sydney International Convention Center on Thursday 9 June. The event will be hosted by Alinta Chidzey, who will be joined by Wendy Whiteley, The Wiggles, Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, Michelle Law and Peter FitzSimons, among others, to present the awards.

For more information on awards and for tickets to the ceremony, see the ABIA website.

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