2022 Indie Book Awards longlist

We are delighted to announce that the following titles have been longlisted for the 2022 Indie Book Awards!

Fiction:
- Scary Monsters by Michelle de Kretser
- Treasure and Dirt by Chris Hammer
- Love Objects by Emily Maguire

Non-fiction:
Who Gets to Be Smart by Bri Lee
- How We Love by Clementine Ford
- Larrimah by Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson
- My Adventurous Life by Dick Smith

Debut fiction:
Happy Hour by Jacquie Byron
- The Curlew's Eye by Karen Manton

Illustrated non-fiction:
The Great Forest by David Lindenmayer, with photographs by Chris Taylor, Sarah Rees & Steven Kuiter

Young Adult:
The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough
- Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix
- Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat

Children’s:
Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee
- Somebody's Land: Welcome to Our Country by Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy

The shortlists will be announced on 19th January 2022 with the Category Winners and the Overall Book of the Year Winner being announced at a virtual awards event on Monday 21 March.

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

Treasure and Dirt

by Chris Hammer

An unputdownable standalone thriller from the bestselling author of Scrublands.

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Love Objects

by Emily Maguire

A stunning novel of great compassion and insight, from the author of the Stella Prize-shortlisted An Isolated Incident.

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How We Love

by Clementine Ford

A deeply personal exploration of love in all its forms from a feminist icon and bestselling author of Fight Like a Girl and Boys Will Be Boys.

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Who Gets to Be Smart

by Bri Lee

Bri Lee, best-selling and award-winning author of Eggshell Skull, asks Who gets to be smart? in this forensic and hard-hitting exploration of knowledge, power and privilege.

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Larrimah

by Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson

A dying town, a missing man. One of Australia's greatest mysteries - two whodunnits, twisted together.

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My Adventurous Life

by Dick Smith

Entrepreneur, adventurer, philanthropist ... Australian icon Dick Smith shares his extraordinary life story for the first time.

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Happy Hour

by Jacquie Byron

Elizabeth Strout meets Marian Keyes in this wonderful, joyful, funny debut novel from Australian author Jacquie Byron.

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Dragon Skin

by Karen Foxlee

From the bestselling and multi-award-winning author of Lenny's Book of Everything comes a magical tale about a girl who saves a dragon and rescues her family.

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Somebody's Land: Welcome to Our Country

by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy

An accessible picture book for young children that introduces First Nations history and the term 'terra nullius' to a general audience, from Australian of the Year, community leader and anti-racism advocate Adam Goodes and political adviser and former journalist Ellie Laing, with artwork by Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.

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Dark Rise: Dark Rise 1

by C S Pacat

The first book in a brilliant YA fantasy trilogy from internationally acclaimed Australian author CS Pacat.

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The Curlew's Eye

by Karen Manton

A richly atmospheric Gothic mystery set around a ruined homestead in the NT's Top End.

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The Boy from the Mish

by Gary Lonesborough

A funny and heartwarming queer Indigenous YA novel, set in a rural Australian community, about seventeen-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.

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Terciel and Elinor

by Garth Nix

Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together - and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series.

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Scary Monsters

by Michelle de Kretser

From the twice-winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Scary Monsters is an affecting, profound and darkly funny exploration into racism, misogyny and ageism.

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The Great Forest

by David Lindenmayer, with photographs by Chris Taylor, Sarah Rees and Steven Kuiter

A tribute to an extraordinary landscape now under severe threat. The exquisite photographs reveal the mountain ash forests of central Victoria to be one of Australia's great natural treasures.

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