The 2019 ABIA Book Award Shortlists Have Been Announced

The shortlists for the ABIA Awards' Books of the Year have been revealed, with two of our exclusive Wavesound titles making the shortlist for the ABIA Audiobook of the Year.

See below all the titles that have made it onto the shortlists that are available in audiobook through Wavesound.
 
Audiobook of the Year
Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton, Narrator Stig Weymss (HarperAudio)
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, ed Anita Heiss, Narrators Gregory J Fryer, Tamala Shelton, Lisa Maza, Tony Briggs, Hunter Page-Lochard, Shari Stebbens (Wavesound) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Kate Morton, Narrator Joanne Froggatt (Bolinda)
The Lost Man, Jane Harper, Narrator Steve Shanahan (Wavesound) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
The Trauma Cleaner, Sarah Krasnostein, Narrator Rachael Tidd (Audible)

General Fiction Book of the Year - Proudly Sponsored by the Better Reading
Scrublands, Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Holly Ringland (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Nowhere Child, Christian White (Affirm Press) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
The Rúin, Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris (Echo Publishing)
 
General Non-Fiction Book of the Year - Proudly Sponsored by the Copyright Agency
Any Ordinary Day, Leigh Sales (Penguin Random House Australia)
Boys Will Be Boys, Clementine Ford (Allen & Unwin)
Dear Santa, Samuel Johnson (Hachette Australia)
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian (translator) (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia, Marcia Langton (Hardie Grant Publishing)
 
Literary Fiction Book of the Year
Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers)
Bridge of Clay, Markus Zusak (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Shell, Kristina Olsson (Simon & Schuster Australia) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
The Shepherd’s Hut, Tim Winton (Penguin Random House Australia) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
Too Much Lip, Melissa Lucashenko (The University of Queensland Press)
 
Biography Book of the Year - Proudly sponsored by Borrow Box
Back, After the Break, Osher Günsberg (HarperCollins Publishers)
Challenge Accepted!, Celeste Barber (HarperCollins Publishers)
Eggshell Skull, Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)
Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography, Johnathan Thurston, with James Phelps (HarperCollins Publishers)
Teacher, Gabbie Stroud (Allen & Unwin) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
 
The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year - Proudly sponsored by Simpsons Solicitors
Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Nowhere Child, Christian White (Affirm Press) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
Eggshell Skull, Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Holly Ringland (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris (Echo Publishing)
 
Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year
A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura Press)
Blakwork, Alison Whittaker (Magabala Books)
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Dr Anita Heiss (ed.) (Black Inc Books) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, Robert Hillman (Text Publishing) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
The Geography of Friendship, Sally Piper (The University of Queensland Press)
 
International Book of the Year
Becoming, Michelle Obama (Penguin Random House Australia)
CIRCE, Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury Publishing) – we have large Print
Less, Andrew Sean Greer (Hachette Australia)
Lost Connections, Johann Hari (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Ottolenghi SIMPLE, Yotam Ottolenghi (Penguin Random House Australia)
 
Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12)
Lenny’s Book of Everything, Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin)
Real Pigeons Fight Crime, Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood (Hardie Grant Egmont)
The 104-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Pan Macmillan Australia)
The Bad Guys Episode 7: Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?!, Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Australia)
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow: Nevermoor 2, Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia) – EXCLUSIVE TO WAVESOUND IN AUDIO
 
Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+)
Amelia Westlake, Erin Gough (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Catching Teller Crow, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen and Unwin)
Hive, A.J. Betts (Pan Macmillan)
Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds, Jeremy Lachlan (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Small Spaces, Sarah Epstein (Walker Books)
 
Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year
Black Cockatoo, Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler (Magabala Books)
I Had Such Friends, Meg Gatland-Veness (Pantera Press)
Rhyme Cordial, Antonia Pesenti (Scribble Kids’ Books)
The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls, Adam Cece (illustrated by Andrew Weldon) (Text Publishing)
Whisper, Lynette Noni (Pantera Press)
 

Written by

Leah Wishart - Marketing Coordinator
leah.wishart@wavesound.com.au

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