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Hachette Australia is thrilled to announce they have four titles shortlisted for the 2017 Aurealis Awards.

Australian authors Claire G Coleman, winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship, and Sally Abbott, the inaugural winner of the Richell Prize, have been shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Novel. Jessica Townsend, bestselling author of NEVERMOOR, has been shortlisted for Best Children's Fiction and Sydney local Maria Lewis has been shortlisted for her follow up in the Tommi Grayson series.

BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION
Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend

BEST HORROR NOVEL
Who’s Afraid Too?, Maria Lewis

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Closing Down, Sally Abbott 
Terra Nullius, Claire G Coleman

The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. The awards originally comprised four categories: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and young adult. A fifth category for children’s fiction was added in 2001.

Winners will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony during the Easter long weekend.

For more information on the Aurealis Awards, head to their website.

  • Terra Nullius - Claire Coleman

    In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

  • Closing Down - Sally Abbott

    Conjuring a dark future for Australia, CLOSING DOWN gives us a glimpse into a world fractured by a financial crisis and the effects of global climate change. The inaugural winner of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

  • Nevermoor - Jessica Townsend

    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.

  • Who's Afraid Too? - Maria Lewis

    Tommi Grayson: all bark, all bite . . . and now she's BACK! After the worst family reunion in history, Tommi needed some space. She's spent the last few weeks trying to understand her heritage - the one that comes with a side order of fur - as well as learning about her Maori ancestry and how she can connect to it. But she can only escape for so long.

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