Posted by: Lisa Hill | December 12, 2016

2017 Indie Book Awards Longlist

The Shortlist will be announced on 16 January 2017, with the Category Winners and the Overall Book of the Year Winner being announced at the Leading Edge Books 2017 Conference on Monday, 20th March 2017 at the Marriott, Surfers Paradise.


The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam (Hachette Australia) See my review.

Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications) See my review.

The Better Son by Katherine Johnson (Ventura Press)

The Good People by Hannah Kent (Pan Macmillan Australia)

An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (Pan Macmillan Australia) See my review.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta (Penguin Books Australia)

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan Australia)

The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong (Text Publishing)

Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia)

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith (Allen & Unwin) See my review.


 Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey (Hachette Australia)

Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Australia)

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette Australia)

Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)

Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)

Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford (Allen & Unwin)

Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner (Text Publishing)

Talking To My Country by Stan Grant (HarperCollins Australia) – the only one I’ve read! See my review.

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt (Black Inc)

The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton (Penguin Books Australia)


 The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley (Affirm Press)

The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon (Allen & Unwin) See my review

The Windy Season by Sam Carmody (Allen & Unwin)

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer (Penguin Books Australia)

The Dry by Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall (Black Inc)

Music and Freedom by Zoe Morrison (Random House Australia) See my review

The Toymaker by Liam Pieper (Penguin Books Australia) See my review

Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa (Hachette Australia) See my review

Goodwood by Holly Throsby (Allen & Unwin)


Circle by Jeannie Baker (Walker Books Australia)

Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Australia)

Charlie and the War Against the Grannies by Alan Brough (Pan Macmillan Australia)

What do they do with all the Poo from all the Animals at the Zoo? by Anh Do & Laura Wood (Illus) (Scholastic Australia)

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Hachette Australia)

The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton (Illus) (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Welcome To Country by Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy (Illus) (Walker Books Australia)

Molly and Mae by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood (Illus) (Hardie Grant Egmont)

Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)

Artie and the Grime Wave by Richard Roxburgh (Allen & Unwin)


When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (Pan Macmillan Australia)

The Other Side of Summer by Emily Gale (Random House Australia)

Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle (Hachette Australia)

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis (Penguin Books Australia)

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (Allen & Unwin)

The Road to Winter by Mark Smith (Text Publishing)

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland (Penguin Books Australia)

One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)




  1. I am going to pretend this list doesn’t exist because otherwise I would get into a buying frenzy which would not be good news coming on top of some purchases i’ve made recently – they are now toppling over…

  2. Truly Madly Guilty? Harper Collins? What is their definition of ‘Indie’?

    • True. The only ones I think are really ‘indie’ are the ones from Text, Varuna Press and Scribe.
      It’s really just a bestsellers list IMO.

  3. This is an interesting list. I’ve read a few from it and have loads of them in my TBR.

    • Have you made a big dent in the OzTBR through your Year of Oz Lit?

      • Ummm… not really. I’ve had an odd year: lost 2 jobs and gained my dream job in a new industry so have been rather preoccupied and only read 50 Australian books (as well as Giller Prize shortlist and Sunday Times Young Writer shortlist), half of which have been new (either purchased or supplied by publishers for review) and the rest from my TBR.

        • Isn’t that always the way? I’ve loved your year, getting some new recommendations and otherwise enjoying your take on books I’ve already read, but I can imagine that you’ve still got plenty in those boxes of yours!

          • I will sit down at year’s end and do some maths to find out exactly how many from my TBR I’ve read and by how many it’s grown. Could be scary!

            • I’ve just counted up, and it looks like 80 from the TBR. But doing that has made me realise that TBR is an elastic term. I tend to think of it as books that I bought a while ago and need to be read, rather than books that I bought this year and read almost straight away. But if TBR means simply books I bought myself, that were ‘to be read’, then I’ve cleared 80 off the shelf.
              I record all the books I buy in an excel file with the year I bought them but when I read them, I move them to a different worksheet which records the year I read them. So I ‘lose’ the record of how long I’ve had the book unless I also recorded it on Goodreads… which I don’t always remember to do.

  4. […] you look at my post about the longlist, you can see why I am disappointed on behalf of some very fine authors omitted from the fiction […]

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