The Australian Book Industry Award Winners announced

by |May 27, 2013

Booktopia was the proud major sponsor of the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney on Friday night, celebrating the best in Australian Books. M.L Stedman continued her award-winning run by running into some award wins, including the big prize of the night, The Booktopia Book of the Year Award.

Check out all the winners below, along with links to all the books shortlisted on our site. Enjoy!

Booktopia Book of the Year
(all books across all genres and age groups)

The Light between Oceans

by M.L. Stedman

They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.

1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.

Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant – and the path of the couple’s lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.

Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day – as the baby’s real story unfolds …


General Fiction Book of the Year 2013

Winner:
The Secret Keeper
by Kate Morton

Shortlisted:
Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell
Jack of Diamonds by Bryce Courtenay
Nine Days by Toni Jordan
The Mother’s Group by Fiona Higgins
The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey


Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2013

Winner:
The Light between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

Shortlisted:
Question of Travel by Michelle De Kretser
Floundering by Romy Ash
Lola Bensky by Lily Brett
The Daughters of Mars by Tom Keneally
The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska


General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2013

Winner:
QF32: The Captain’s Extraordinary Account How One of the World’s Worst Air Disasters Was Averted
by Richard De Crespigny

Shortlisted:
The Essential Leunig: Cartoons from Winding Path by Michael Leunig
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the Oskar Schindler of Asia by Robin De Crespigny
Black Caviar: The Horse of a Lifetime by Gerard Whateley
Speechless: A Year in My Father’s Business by James Button
Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law


Biography of the Year 2013

Winner:
Jim Stynes: My Journey
by Jim Stynes and Warwick Green

Shortlisted:
On Warne by Gideon Haigh
True North: The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack by Brenda Niall
Exit Wounds: One Australian’s War on Terror by John Cantwell and Greg Bearup
Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbot: Quarterly Essay by David Marr
Eugenia: A True Story of Adversity, Tragedy, Crime and Courage by Mark Tedeschi
Gina Rinehart: The Untold Story of the Richest Person in Australia by Adele Ferguson


Newcomer of the Year 2013

Winner:
The Light between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

Shortlisted:
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the Oskar Schindler of Asia by Robin De Crespigny
Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell
Black Caviar: The Horse of a Lifetime by Gerard Whateley
Floundering by Romy Ash


Book of the Year for Older Children 2013

Winner:
The 26- Storey Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths

Shortlisted:
Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
After by Morris Gleitzman
The Curious Dictionary: Word Hunters by Nick Earls and Terry Windborne
Alice-Miranda in New York by Jacqueline Harvey


Book of the Year for Younger Children 2013

Winner:
The Very Hungry Bear
by Nick Bland

Shortlisted:
Owl Know How by Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles
Today We Have No Plans by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker
The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book by Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester
Little Elephants by Graeme Base
Good Night Sleep Tight by Mem Fox  and Judy Horacek


Illustrated Book of the Year 2013

Winners:
The Lost Diggers by Ross Coulthart

Lake Eyre: A Journey through the Heart of the Continent by Paul Lockyer

Shortlisted:
Australian War Memorial: Treasures from A Century of Collecting by Australian War Memorial
Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong: A Culinary Journey from China to Vietnam by Luke Nguyen
What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies
The Little Veggie Patch Co’s Guide to Backyard Farming by Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember


Publisher of the Year 2013

Winner:
Allen & Unwin

Shortlisted:
Penguin Group Australia
HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd
Macmillan Publishers Australia
Random House Australia Pty Limited
Hachette Australia


Small Publisher of the Year 2013

Winner:
Text Publishing Company Pty Limited

Shortlisted:
UNSW Press Limited New South Books and Publishing
Scribe Publications
Melbourne University Publishing
Thames and Hudson Australia Pty Limited
Pantera Press

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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