Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 20, 2023

2023 Indie Book Awards winners

The Indie Book Awards have been announced — congratulations to the winners!


Horse by Geraldine Brooks (Hachette Australia), see Jennifer’s review at Tasmanian Bibliophile at Large


The Book Of Roads And Kingdoms by Richard Fidler (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)


All That’s Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien (HQ Fiction, HarperCollins), see Theresa’s review at Theresa Smith Writes


First Nations Food Companion by Damien Coulthard and Rebecca Sullivan (Murdoch Books)


Runt by Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin)


The Brink by Holden Sheppard (Text Publishing)

Indie Book of the Year

Runt by Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin)


  1. I read ‘Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, a novel about the Puritans in Massachusetts. That novel was very good, and I believe I also read ‘March’ which was excellent also. I did not realize she was an Australian writer.


    • She is a very good writer indeed, though I haven’t read this one yet.
      Australian? American? What does nationalism even mean once we make our homes elsewhere? I’ve just reviewed Dominic Smith’s latest, and he was born here but has lived in the US for ages. Peter Carey is the same.
      And in reverse, so am I. Born somewhere else, lived here, not entirely one thing or the other and contentedly so.
      For reasons I cannot explain adequately even to myself, I think of Peter Carey as Australian because his books have an Australian sensibility, even the ones that have nothing to do with Australia. Conversely, increasingly, I think of Geraldine Brooks as American. Nothing about her writing seems Australian and the same is true of Dominic Smith’s.


  2. You learn something new every day, Tony. She essentially lives in the USA, and has yet to write a novel set in Australia. BTW, her first novel Year of wonders was pretty good too. Before that she wrote nonfiction Including Nine parts of desire about the position, treatment of women in the Middle East (she had been a journalist there.)


    • I enjoyed Caleb’s Crossing but not The Secret Chord. You read my review at the time, so you know how much I disliked it. She had been a writer whose new releases I always read, but not since that one.


  3. I did enjoy Year of Wonders (apart from the ending) but failed to engage with March so abandoned it. I know Horse has garnered a lot of praise but I’m not convinced it is one for me. I shudder whenever I see horse racing on TV


    • It’s a long time since I read March, but I remember enjoying that one. I thought Brona at This Reading Life had liked Horse, but I can’t find it on her blog so it must have been someone else…


      • Wasn’t me, but a couple of my colleagues read it and loved it. Brooks is American, but she still retains her home in my local suburb. She popped into our shop several times over the summer – we had lots of signed copies :-)


        • Oops, I meant to go back and fix that to say that Brooks calls herself an Australian-American on her website, but I pressed send too soon.


          • Does she divide her time (equally) between here and there?


  4. Excellent! Loved both Horse and All That’s Left Unsaid.


  5. I really enjoyed ‘Horse’ … you saw it on my blog, Lisa ;-)


    • Ah, that’s where it was! I’ll add a link to it now, thanks:)

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  6. And I read Runt, but it’s part of a post with 2 other children’s books, so you have to scroll down to the end.

    A few Australian children’s books to finish off AusReading Month 2022


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