Indie Book Awards 2019 Shortlist

We are pleased to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards!


  • Lenny's Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
  • Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

Young Adult:

  • A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg
  • Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekial Kwaymullina


  • Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

Debut fiction:

  • Scrublands by Chris Hammer

The winners will be announced 18th March at the Leading Edge Books Annual Conference Awards Dinner.

The entire shortlists and more information can be found on the Indie Book Awards website.

Lenny's Book of Everything

by Karen Foxlee

Our mother had a dark heart feeling. Lenny's younger brother has a rare form of gigantism and while Lenny's fiercely protective, it isn't always easy being the sister of 'the giant'. A book about finding good in the bad that will break your heart while raising your spirits in the way that only a classic novel can.

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Tales from the Inner City

by Shaun Tan

A stunning companion to Tales from Outer Suburbia, this collection of illustrated short stories is sure to delight Shaun Tan fans of all ages.

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A Song Only I Can Hear

by Barry Jonsberg

Rob has a huge crush on the new girl at school. But Rob is painfully shy and suffers severe panic attacks. How is her heart to be won? Another wonderful and heart-warming comedy drama from the award-winning author of My Life as an Alphabet.

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Catching Teller Crow

by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

A totally addictive ghost story, crime story and thriller, told half in prose and half in verse, from two of the most exciting Aboriginal voices in Australia.

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Eggshell Skull

by Bri Lee

'Scorching, self-scouring: a young woman finds her steel and learns to wield it' - Helen Garner

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by Chris Hammer

Set in a fictional Riverina town at the height of a devastating drought, Scrublands is one of the most powerful, compelling and original crime novels to be written in Australia.

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