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Hachette Australia is so delighted to congratulate our local & international authors on their ABIA Awards 2017 shortlistings.

The ABIAs have been celebrating Australian stories and the astounding talent in the Australian publishing industry for 17 years. The ABIA Voting Academy is made up of over 100 representatives from across the bookselling and publishing industry.

Benny Thomas, Chair of the 2017 ABIA book judging panel, comments:
This year the judging panel was thrilled with the quality of the submissions received. What was truly outstanding was the passionate commitment Australian publishers have towards their authors, and the quality of books submitted this year reflected that commitment. Not only do Australian publishers nurture and deliver new and exciting authors, but they take a long-term view that supporting authors through highs, and lows, leads to great rewards – this was truly evident in this year’s outstanding shortlist.

The winners will be announced at the gala event on May 25 at the Art Gallery of NSW.

We are pleased to reveal the Hachette Australia authors shortlisted in the following categories:

We also offer our congratulations to the amazing five authors shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year.

For more information visit the ABIA website.

  • The Hate Race - Maxine Beneba Clarke

    From one of Australia's most exciting writers, and the author of the multi-award-winning FOREIGN SOIL, comes THE HATE RACE: a powerful, funny, and at times devastating memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia.

  • Songs of a War Boy - Ben Mckelvey

    The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope.

  • The Bone Sparrow - Zana Fraillon

    Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. THE BONE SPARROW is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting hymn to freedom and love.

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two - J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

    It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

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