Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 8, 2018

2018 ABIA Book Awards Longlist

The 2018 ABIA Book Awards Longlist has been announced.  The shortlist will be announced on Thursday April 19, with the winners announced on Thursday 3 May.

For over a week now, we have been plagued by intermittent internet, thanks to Australia’s stupid on-the-cheap version of a national broadband network brought to us by the current clowns in government. I’ve been able to add links to two of the books I’ve reviewed but no more.  I will try again later, but in the meantime, (assuming your internet isn’t playing up!) you can find my reviews by typing the book title into the search box.

Now, to try to upload this.  If you’re reading it, I have triumphed!

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • A Long Way Home, Peter Carey (Hamish Hamilton Australia, Penguin Random House Australia), see my review
  • Australia Day, Melanie Cheng (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • First Person, Richard Flanagan (Knopf Australia, Penguin Random House Australia), see my review
  • See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
  • Taboo, Kim Scott (Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia), see my review
  • The Choke, Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Life to Come, Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin), see my review
  • Wimmera, Mark Brandi (Hachette, Hachette Australia)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

  • Atlantic Black, A. S. Patric (Transit Lounge, Transit Lounge), see my review
  • Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture – A New Earth, Charles Massy (The University of Queensland Press, The University of Queensland Press)
  • Cardinal, Louise Milligan (Melbourne University Press, Melbourne University Publishing)
  • Journeys into the Wild: The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis, Introduction & Commentary by Bob Brown (NLA Publishing, National Library of Australia)
  • The Australian Bird Guide, Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin (CSIRO Publishing, CSIRO Publishing)
  • The Restorer, Michael Sala (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • Museum of Words, Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications, Scribe Publications)
  • Mirror Sydney, Vanessa Berry (Giramondo Publishing, Giramondo Publishing Company), see my review

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

  • Australia Day, Melanie Cheng (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend (Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia)
  • See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G Coleman (Hachette, Hachette Australia), see my review
  • The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club, Sophie Green (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
  • The Girl from Munich, Tania Blanchard (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • The Last Man in Europe: A Novel, Dennis Glover (Black Inc., Black Inc. Books), see my review
  • The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • Wimmera, Mark Brandi (Hachette, Hachette Australia)

General Fiction Book of the Year

  • Force of Nature, Jane Harper (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • On the Java Ridge, Jock Serong (Text Publishing, Text Publishing), see my review
  • The Dark Lake, Sarah Bailey (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Girl from Munich, Tania Blanchard (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club, Sophie Green (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
  • The Secrets She Keeps, Michael Robotham (Hachette, Hachette Australia)
  • The Tea Gardens, Fiona McIntosh (Michael Joseph Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • The Trip of A Lifetime, Monica McInerney (Michael Joseph Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)

Biography Book of the Year

  • A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work, Bernadette Brennan (Text Publishing, Text Publishing), see Sue’s review at Whispering Gums
  • Danger Music, Eddie Ayres (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, Judith Brett (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • Tracker, Alexis Wright (Giramondo Publishing, Giramondo Publishing Company), on my TBR
  • Unbreakable, Jelena Dokic and Jess Halloran (Ebury Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Unmasked, Turia Pitt (Ebury Australia, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Wednesdays with Bob, Derek Rielly and Bob Hawke (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia,)
  • Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

International Book of the Year

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli and Francesa Cavallo (Particular Books -UK Juvenile, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth, Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus, Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One, Philip Pullman (David Fickling Books, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Mythos, Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph – UK, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • The Sun and her Flowers, Rupi Kaur (Simon & Schuster UK, Simon & Schuster UK)

To see the longlists for the Children’s Book of the Year,  the Illustrated Book of the Year and the General Non-Fiction Book of the year visit the ABIA website


Responses

  1. A good day for Michelle de Kretser and Sarah Schmidt who are both on two other prize lists today!

  2. Well, I think the only one I’ve read so far is the biography of Helen Garner. But, I am currently reading The choke, and will read Terra nullius this month, and First person in the next couple of months. I also have the Carey, and Museum of words, but when I’ll get to them I don’t know.

    As for the NBN, I’m really sorry about your problem. Do you know what the cause is? (I’m sorry to say that we are pleased with the cheap-version because with the non-cheap version we were not going to get it at all. So, this way, we have got it, and it’s working well.)

    • I’ll add a link to your review of the Garner as soon as I can!

  3. I get the impression that Carey and Flanagan would be listed whatever they wrote, unfair of me probably as I’m unlikely to read either. I hope Taboo wins though it’s not Scott’s best. I Coleman wins best new writer, which I’m sure she will, then that would make two winners from a tiny portion of our population.
    My broadband is via TPG and the only problem is that they buy the minimum bandwidth they can get away with – a Turnbull initiative at complete odds with how the NBN was initially conceived.

    • Ha! I’ve seen more than one shortlist (and I don’t mean the Stella) where neither of them have been nominated, as if the scissors are out for the tall poppies. The recent Vic Premiers list was a case in point, obviously driven by the diversity agenda and studiously ignoring great books that didn’t encompass those themes.

      • You shatter all my favourite prejudices!

        • Good! You’ve pulverised some of mine too.
          (That’s what friends are for!)

      • Yes, I think diversity has been a strong theme this year – and it’s not a bad thing if the books are good. There was a sense in the past that good books from unknown writers didn’t get much of a look in. I think when you have a shortlist of only 5 or 6 books, good books are going to miss out aren’t they?


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