The ABIA Longlist 2018

The Australian Book Industry Awards showcase the talent and diversity of what is the 14th largest publishing industry in the world, and we are delighted to announce that several of our titles have been longlisted:

Children's Picture Book of the Year (0-6 years):
Don Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost
I Just Ate My Friend
by Heidi McKinnon

Book of the Year for Younger Children (7-13 years):
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty

Book of the Year for Older Children (13+ years):
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams

Biography Book of the Year:
Danger Music by Eddie Ayres

Literary Fiction Book of the Year:
The Choke by Sofie Laguna
The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

General Fiction Book of the Year:
The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

Illustrated Book of the Year:
Cornersmith: Salads and Pickles by Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler (Murdoch Books)
Hummus and Co by Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley (Murdoch Books)

The shortlists will be announced 19 April.

The rest of the longlists and more information can be found here: abiawards.com.au

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

by Jaclyn Moriarty

An enchanting and whimsical spell-filled fantasy novel from Jaclyn Moriarty, the award-winning author of Feeling Sorry for Celia and A Corner of White, suitable for readers who loved A Most Magical Girl.

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The Life to Come

by Michelle de Kretser

The dazzling new novel from Michelle de Kretser, author of Questions of Travel, bestseller and winner of the Miles Franklin Award.

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Danger Music

by Eddie Ayres

From the former ABC Classic FM broadcaster comes a remarkable story about the power of music and courage to be one's self

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The Choke

by Sofie Laguna

The Choke is a mesmerising, harrowing and ultimately uplifting novel from the 2015 Miles Franklin winner.

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I Just Ate My Friend

by Heidi McKinnon

This beautiful, innovative picture book from an enormously talented creator will make you laugh out loud. The search for a true friend is something everyone can relate to - from the very young to the very old.

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Do not lick this book

by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost

A brilliantly simple, funny, interactive picture book that introduces children to the strange, unseen world of microbes all around them by the award-winning author of Small Wonders and the animator of the insanely successful video 'Dumb Ways to Die'.

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The Dark Lake

by Sarah Bailey

A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode. A brooding, suspenseful and explosive debut that will grip you from the first page to the last.

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My Life as a Hashtag

by Gabrielle Williams

From the highly acclaimed author of The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex comes this funny, heartfelt novel about rage, regret and the pitfalls of life in the digital age.

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Frogkisser!

by Garth Nix

A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction.

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