2021 Indie Book Awards longlist

We are delighted to announce that the following titles have been longlisted for the 2021 Indie Book Awards!

Fiction:
Infinite Splendours by Sofie Laguna
- Honeybee by Craig Silvey

Non-fiction:
Truganini by Cassandra Pybus
- People of the River by Grace Karskens
The Last Lighthouse Keeper by John Cook with Jon Bauer

Debut fiction:
A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu
- The Morbids by Ewa Ramsey

Young Adult:
Future Girl by Asphyxia
- Catch Me If I Fall by Barry Jonsberg
- Aurora Burning: The Aurora Cycle 2 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
- None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
- The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
- The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

Children’s:
- Skydragon by Anh Do, illustrated by James Hart

In Praise of Veg by Alice Zaslavsky (Murdoch Books) was also longlisted under Illustrated Non-fiction.

The shortlists will be announced on 20th January 2021 with the Category Winners and the Overall Book of the Year Winner being announced at a virtual awards event on Monday 22 March.

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

A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing

by Jessie Tu

Growing up is always hard, but especially when so many think you're a washed-up has-been at twenty-two.

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The Last Lighthouse Keeper

by John Cook with Jon Bauer

A beautiful memoir from John Cook, one of Tasmania's last kerosene lighthouse keepers. A story about madness and wilderness, shining a light onto the vicissitudes of love and nature.

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The Morbids

by Ewa Ramsey

Heart-wrenching, heartwarming and ultimately uplifting--a story about the power of a little kindness

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People of the River

by Grace Karskens

A landmark history of Australia's first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British.

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Truganini

by Cassandra Pybus

The haunting story of an extraordinary Aboriginal woman.

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Skydragon: Skydragon 1

by Anh Do, illustrated by James Hart

One brave girl. Thousands of unexpected allies. A high-flying adventure series from Anh Do.

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Catch Me If I Fall

by Barry Jonsberg

Ashleigh and Aiden are thirteen-year-old twins who promise to always look out for each other. Aiden is more dedicated to the task than Ashleigh, but when it comes to matters of life and death, they both exhibit a fierce protectiveness that will change the course of their lives.

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Aurora Burning: The Aurora Cycle 2

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The ferociously hot sequel to the international bestseller Aurora Rising, which sees the return of Squad 312 in an explosive battle to save the galaxy. By the award-winning authors of the Illuminae Files.

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None Shall Sleep

by Ellie Marney

Interviewing convicted juvenile killers for the FBI leads Emma Lewis and Travis Bell on the hunt for a serial murderer who targets teenagers. A riveting YA thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seat from start to finish.

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The Erasure Initiative

by Lili Wilkinson

A brilliant psychological thriller from one of Australia's finest YA authors.

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Honeybee

by Craig Silvey

The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones.

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Infinite Splendours

by Sofie Laguna

The incandescent new novel from the acclaimed Miles Franklin winner author of The Eye of the Sheep and The Choke.

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Future Girl

by Asphyxia

Future Girl explores what it means to come of age as a Deaf teenager, against the backdrop of a near-future Melbourne on the brink of environmental catastrophe.

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