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Hachette Australia is delighted to congratulate our amazing authors on their 2018 ABIA Awards wins!

It's the publishing industry's night of nights and we are so happy to announce that Hachette Australia's authors won five awards with the 'wundrous' NEVERMOOR taking home three, including Book of the Year.

The 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced the night of May 3rd at a gala dinner at the ICC Sydney, hosted by ABC TV’s Ben Jenkins and Zoe Norton-Lodge.  Known as the ‘Oscars’ for books, the awards are judged by an academy of over 250 respected publishing industry figures, and celebrate the very best of Australian writing, publishing and bookselling.  

32 year old publishing sensation Jessica Townsend was the big winner of the night for her smash hit debut Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow. Nevermoor picked up three awards including the major award of the night, The Gold ABIA for the Book of the Year, along with the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year and Book of the Year for Younger Readers

Michael Robotham, who has been shortlisted 4 times, was finally awarded General Fiction Book of the Year for his gripping psychological thriller, The Secrets She Keeps

Our third amazing author to win on the night was Sarah Schmidt for Literary Fiction Book of the Year. Her debut See What I Have Done is a haunting re-imagining of the Lizzie Borden murders.

A huge congratulations to our winners and our shortlisted authors! Special mention to Wimmera by Mark Brandi for his Honourable Mention for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year. The award was named in memory of our late CEO and we are so proud that not only were 3 of our authors shortlisted but two were given the top honours!

For more about our shortlisted titles visit here. To win our shortlisted titles you can enter here.

For more information about the ABIA Awards, you can visit here.

  • Nevermoor - Jessica Townsend

    WINNER OF 3 2018 ABIA AWARDS: Book of the Year, Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year and Book of the Year for Younger Readers. A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

  • The Secrets She Keeps - Michael Robotham

    WINNER OF THE 2018 ABIA AWARD for General Fiction Book of the Year! A compelling psychological thriller that delves deeply into the psyche of the human mind, by internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham.

  • See What I Have Done - Sarah Schmidt

    WINNER OF THE 2018 ABIA AWARD for Literary Fiction Book of the Year! A deeply atmospheric novel by a startling new Aussie talent; an incredibly unique look inside the mind of Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892.

Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes

As Digital Marketing Coordinator at Hachette Australia I love books! I also have a heart so I definitely meet the criteria to be on the Books With Heart team. I’m addicted to chocolate, #TorsoTuesday and you’ll find a mix of historical & contemporary romance (with a sexy Scot in a kilt) on my iPad. Jamie Fraser is my #MCM everyday.

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