The ABIA Shortlists 2020

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 shortlisted:

Children’s Picture Book of the Year:
Mr Chicken All Over Australia by Leigh Hobbs

Book of the Year for Younger Children (7-12 years):
Funny Bones edited by Kate Temple, Jol Temple and Oliver Phommavanh

Book of the Year for Older Children (13+ years):
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

General Non-fiction Book of the Year:
Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan

Biography Book of the Year:
Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch

Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year:
Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch

General Fiction Book of the Year:
Bruny by Heather Rose
Silver by Chris Hammer
Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris (Bonnier Echo)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year:
Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas
The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

Illustrated Book of the Year:
Three Birds Renovations by Erin Cayless, Bonnie Hindmarsh and Lana Taylor (Murdoch Books)

The winners will be announced 13 May.

The rest of the shortlists and more information can be found here.

Funny Bones

by Edited by Kate Temple, Jol Temple and Oliver Phommavanh

A bumper book to tickle your funny bone with over 100 hilarious one-liners, jokes, shaggy dog tales as well as silly stories and wise-cracking cartoons from Australia's favourite comedians, children's authors and illustrators, that raises money for War Child Australia.

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Damascus

by Christos Tsiolkas

The stunningly powerful new novel from the author of The Slap.

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Your Own Kind of Girl

by Clare Bowditch

ARIA Award-winning singer and actress Clare Bowditch confronts her inner critic in this no-holds-barred memoir.

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The Weekend

by Charlotte Wood

The brilliant new novel from Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things.

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Kitty Flanagan's 488 Rules for Life

by Kitty Flanagan

488 Rules for Life is Kitty Flanagan's way of making the world a more pleasant place to live. Providing you with the antidote to every annoying little thing, these rules are not made to be broken.

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Cilka's Journey

by Heather Morris

The sequel to the International Number One Bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, based on a true story of love and resilience.

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Mr Chicken All Over Australia

by Leigh Hobbs

Australia is full of big things, and Mr Chicken wants to see them all. A triumph from the 2016-2017 Australian Children's Laureate.

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Bruny

by Heather Rose

The brilliant and explosive new novel from the author of the award-winning The Museum of Modern Love.

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Silver

by Chris Hammer

Martin Scarsden returns in the sequel to the bestselling Scrublands.

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The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

by Wai Chim

A novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a mental illness, from the highly commended author of Freedom Swimmer.

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