2022 Indie Book Awards – longlists

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+).


After Story by Larissa Behrendt (University of Queensland Press)

The Good Wife of Bath by Karen Brooks (HQ Fiction, HarperCollins Australia)

Plum by Brendan Cowell (Fourth Estate Australia)

Scary Monsters by Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin)

Treasure and Dirt by Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin)

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray/River of Dreams by Anita Heiss (Simon & Schuster Australia)

Devotion by Hannah Kent (Picador Australia)

Love Objects by Emily Maguire (Allen & Unwin)

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy (Hamish Hamilton Australia)

The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia).

The Shortlist will be announced on 19 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 2022.

For the complete longlists and all the information about the Awards, click here.

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