The Most Underrated Book Award: Yes it exists, and the shortlisted books have been announced.

by |November 3, 2016

muba-2016-200x200Have you ever read a book, been blown away by the author’s pithy turn of phrase, charmed by the elegantly crafted plot… and then realised that no one has recognised the book for the pure, unadulterated literary masterpiece that it is?

After a furious internet search you discover that your author has never been bestowed with a Man Booker Award, the Stella Prize, a Miles Franklin, heck, not even been longlisted for anything.

You’re gutted. Your author deserves better than that. You’re outraged on their behalf.

Enter the Most Underrated Book Awards. 

These awards are administered by The Small Press Network (SPN), with the aim of highlighting the titles that did not garner the sales or recognition they deserved. Forget about the Paul Beattys and Charlotte Woods of the world, this is not the award for them…

This year, the books which are deserving of a little limelight, the books which have been shortlisted for the Most Underrated Book Award are:

•    A Man Made Entirely of Bats by Patrick Lenton 
•    Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie 
•    Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury
•    The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere 

The winner of the Most Underrated Book Award will be announced on 11 November 2016 at the Independent Publishing Conference in Melbourne. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize from Booktopia, the Award’s 2016 sponsor.

This Year’s Judging Panel

A prolific author in her own right, Toni Jordan has published four novels since 2008, Addition, Fall Girl, Nine Days and Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (Image: Below left)

As a producer of Books and Arts Daily on ABC Radio National and during five years on The Book Show, Sarah L’Estrange has carved out a lucrative career in the arts (Image: Below right)

Rounding out the trio of esteemed judges is Megan O’Brien, 2012’s Australian Booksellers Association Random House Young Bookseller of the Year.


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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.


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