Indie Book Awards 2023

Indie Book Award Winners

Thirteen years after Jasper Jones was awarded Book Of The Year (in 2009), Australian independent booksellers are thrilled to announce RUNT by Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin) as their favourite book from last year, and the winner of The Indie Book Awards 2023 Book of the Year. This is Craig’s second Indie BOTY win, and is only the second Children’s book to win the Indie BOTY in the history of the awards (and that was five awards ago with Nevermoor). Craig’s third novel, Honeybee, won Best Fiction for the Indie Book Awards 2021. As Craig says: “It bears reiterating that I owe my career to the support of Australia’s independent bookstores.

Bookseller judge Jessie Hilton from Open Book Mosman Park (WA) commented on Silvey’s book:

Runt is a modern classic that reminded me of the work of EB White with a touch of Roald Dahl. Charming and full of heart, the characters that Craig Silvey has created are as memorable as those from his adult fiction. Annie Shearer and Runt gift the audience a story of friendship and courage that left me with tears in my eyes by the end of the book.”

To see the full list of winners, visit

Runt – as well as Honeybee has been reviewed in these pages.  To read the reviews, click on the title.

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