Australian Indie Book Awards 2019

The winner of the Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Book Awards for 2019 has been announced.

The 2019 Book of the Year is Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton 

 

The individual category winners are:

FICTION WINNER:
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (Picador Australia)

NON-FICTION WINNER:
The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House Australia)

DEBUT FICTION WINNER:

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia)

ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION WINNER:
Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton (Hardie Grant Travel)

CHILDREN’S WINNER:
Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin)

YOUNG ADULT WINNER:

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)

The Indies are considered the forerunners of all major Australian book awards. Since the Awards inception in 2008, the Indies have a well-deserved reputation for picking the best of the best in Australian writing. Past Book of the Year winners have gone on to be bestsellers and win other major literary awards. Previous winners include: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, The Dry by Jane Harper; The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood; The Bush by Don Watson; The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan; The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman; All That I Am by Anna Funder; The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do; Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey; and Breath by Tim Winton.

 

Have your read Boy Swallows Universe?

What did you think? Feel free to link to your review in the comments.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susie | Novel Visits
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 12:34:33

    I’m embarrassed to say I’ve read none of these. I do have the Zusak book on my TBR list, but the others I need to take a closer look at.

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  2. Mystica
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 14:12:24

    Thank you for the updates.

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  3. Theresa Smith Writes
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 21:27:42

    And I’ve read none of these, but three are on my TBR so there’s time still to redeem myself!

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  4. thebookishlibra
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 11:11:47

    Wow, congrats to all of the winners. I’ve not read any of them but would love to read Boy Swallows Universe and Bridge of Clay.

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  5. whisperinggums
    Mar 22, 2019 @ 22:04:02

    Yes, I have read Boy swallows universe and like it a lot. A really interesting voice for a gritty subject. Here’s my link, since you asked! https://whisperinggums.com/2019/01/31/trent-dalton-boy-swallows-universe-bookreview/

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