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 by Anna Funder
Newcomer of the Year
Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
General Fiction Book of the Year
Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville
General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Worse Things Happen At Sea by William McInnes and the late Sarah Watt.
Biography of the Year
Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley
Book of the Year for Younger Children
Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay
Book of the Year for Older Children
13 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Illustrated Book of the Year
Tasting India by Christine Mansfield
International Bestseller of the Year
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.