Longlists Announced for the 2019 Indie Book Awards

by |December 6, 2018

indie book awards 2019The Longlists have been announced for the 2019 Indie Book Awards.

Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate the indie booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian authors.

The Awards cover the best Australian books in six categories – Fiction, Non-fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Debut Fiction,Children’s books and Young Adult. The Shortlist will be announced on the 16th January and winning titles will be announced on the 18th March, 2019.

Scroll down to see the titles that have been longlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards 2019.


All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys

The Tales of Mr Walker by Jess Black & Sara Acton

A-Z of Australian Animals by Jennifer Cossins

Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris by Megan Hess

Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds by Jeremy Lachlan

Cicada by Shaun Tan

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

Room on Our Rock by Kate & Jo Temple, Terri Rose Baynton

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend


Hive by A. J. Betts

Just Breathe by Andrew Daddo

Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg

Obsidio: The Illuminae Files_03 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza


The Lost Man by Jane Harper

The Fragments by Toni Jordan

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

The Children’s House by Alice Nelson

Shell by Kristina Olsson

The Other Wife by Michael Robotham

Cedar Valley by Holly Throsby

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak


The Ship That Never Was by Adam Courtenay

Boys Will be Boys by Clementine Ford

The Land Before Avocado by Richard Glover

Butterfly on a Pin by Alannah Hill

The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

The Barefoot Investor for Families by Scott Pape

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

Teacher by Gabbie Stroud

Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin


Flames by Robbie Arnott

The Helpline by Katherine Collette

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Scrublands by Chris Hammer

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Earth Does Not Get Fat by Julia Prendergast

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland

The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen

The Nowhere Child by Christian White



Special Guest by Annabel Crabb, Wendy Sharpe

A Painted Landscape: Across Australia from Bush to Coast by Amber Creswell Bell

The Great Australian Bucket List by Robin Esrock

Mirka & Georges by Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton

Bohemian Living: Creative Homes Around the World by Robyn Lea

Smith & Deli-cious by Shannon Martinez & Mo Wyse

Family: New vegetable classics to comfort and nourish by Hetty McKinnon

Gardens on the Edge by Christine Reid

Australian Dreamscapes by Claire Takacs


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