2012 ABIA Winners

While we were focused on getting our new Melbourne bookshops ready to open, most of the Australian book world was focused on the Sydney Writers Festival and the special award evening held on Friday night for the Australian Book Industry Awards, the ABIAs.

The ABIAs are annual awards where the short, and the winners are chosen by expert panels, and are then voted on by publishers and  booksellers around the country, including us!

And the winners were …

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

All That I Am

All that I Am by Anna Funder

Newcomer of the Year

Past the Shadows

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

General Fiction Book of the Year

Past the Shallows

Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen At Sea by William McInnes and the late Sarah Watt.

Biography of the Year

Franklin and Eleanor

Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley

Book of the Year for Younger Children

Rudie Nudie

Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay

Book of the Year for Older Children

Rudie Nudie

13 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Illustrated Book of the Year

Tasting India

Tasting India by Christine Mansfield

International Bestseller of the Year

Jamie's 30 Minute Meals

Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver

The Publisher of the Year went to Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin, while the Small Publisher went to another Australian Text Publishing.

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