Indie Book Awards 2021

Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards celebrate the best Australian writing; and who better to nominate and judge the best-of-the-best than indie booksellers!

What makes indie booksellers uniquely placed to judge and recommend the best Aussie books of the past year, is their incredible passion and knowledge, their contribution to the cultural diversity of the Australian reading public, by recommending beyond the big brands, and above all, their love of quality writing. The Awards recognise and celebrate indie booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian authors.

The Awards cover the best Australian books in six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Debut Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Children’s books (up to 12yo) and Young Adult (12+).

The Fiction longlist is:

The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte (Fourth Estate Australia) *

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia) *

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan (Knopf Australia)

Mammoth by Chris Flynn (University of Queensland Press) *

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville (Text Publishing)

The Survivors by Jane Harper (Macmillan Australia) *

Infinite Splendours by Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin)

The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy (Hamish Hamilton Australia)

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Australia) *

Honeybee by Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin) *

The books marked * have been reviewed in these pages.

For the full longlist of all categories, please go to

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