Musicians. Athletes. Writers: Discover the Australian talent shortlisted for the ABIAs.

by |May 1, 2017

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) are a big deal. Think the Academy Awards of the Australian book world. So when an author makes it to the ABIAs shortlist, you know they’ve penned something extraordinary, something worthy of you cancelling your weekend plans and holing up, doing nothing but devouring their book.

Care to know who you’re cancelling your weekend plans for? Below you’ll find the 2017 shortlist.

Winners will be announced at the 17th Annual ABIAs on 25 May at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney. Gold ABIA-winning author, actress and comedian Magda Szubanski will MC the ceremony;  Jimmy Barnes and Holly Throsby will perform.

Life As I Know It by Michelle Payne & John Harms
Songs of a War Boy by Deng Adut
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Victoria by Julia Baird
Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes

Circle by Jeannie Baker
The 78 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Mr Chicken Arriva Roma by Leigh Hobbs
Charlie and the War Against the Grannies by Alan Brough
What Do They Do With All the Poo from All the Animals at the Zoo? by Anh Do and Simon Mello, illustrated by Laura Wood

Artie and the Grime Wave by Richard Roxburgh
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
WeirDo #7: Mega Weird! by Anh Do & Jules Faber
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Wormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue by Judith Rossell


The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
The Dry by Jane Harper
The One Who Got Away by Caroline Overington
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Talking to my Country by Stan Grant
Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford
The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape
Girl Stuff 8-12 by Kaz Cooke
The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin destroyed their own Government by Niki Savva

The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle by Kayla Itsine
Smith & Daughters: A Cookbook (That Happens to be Vegan) by Shannon Matinez & Mo Wyse
Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive
Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hay
New York by Megan Hess

The Good People by Hannah Kent
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
Goodwood by Holly Throsby
Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain

The Dry by Jane Harper
The Midnight Watch by David Dyer
Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford
Goodwood by Holly Throsby
Music and Freedom by Zoe Morrison

Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru by Madeline Gleeson
Saltwater by Cathy McLennan
Position Doubtful: Mapping Landscapes and Memories by Kim Mahood
Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle
The Australian Native Bee Book by Tim Heard

My Sister is a Superhero by Damon Young, illustrated by Peter Carnavas
The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman
Steve Goes to Carnival by Joshua Button and Robyn Wells
Crabbing with Dad by Paul Seden
Even Mummy Cries by Naomi Hunter, illustrated by Karen Erasmus

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford
Make It Happen: Live Your Best Life by Michelle Bridges
The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
The Good People by Hannah Kent
True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt

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