Indie Book Awards Shortlist Announced for 2022

This year's Indie Book Awards short list has been announced. 

The Indie Book Awards celebrates the best Australian books for the calendar year (2021). Independent bookshops vote on their favourite book from a number of categories.

The overall winners will be announced Monday 21st of March 2022 (virtual awards).


  • Treasure and Dirt (Chris Hammer, A&U)
  • Devotion (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  • Once There Were Wolves (Charlotte McConaghy, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Last Woman in the World (Inga Simpson, Hachette)


  • Love Stories (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  • Who Gets to Be Smart (Bri Lee, A&U)
  • Toxic: The rotting underbelly of the Tasmanian salmon industry (Richard Flanagan, Penguin)
  • Larrimah (Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson, A&U)

Debut fiction

  • When Things Are Alive They Hum (Hannah Bent, Ultimo)
  • We Were Not Men (Campbell Mattinson, Fourth Estate)
  • Love & Virtue (Diana Reid, Ultimo)
  • The Silent Listener (Lyn Yeowart, Viking)

Illustrated nonfiction

  • Where the River Bends (Jane and Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  • Still Life (Amber Creswell Bell, Thames & Hudson)
  • Garden Like a Nonno (Jaclyn Crupi, Affirm)
  • Costa’s World (Costa Georgiadis, ABC Books)


  • Dragon Skin (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Somebody’s Land: Welcome to our Country (Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing, illus by David Hardy, A&U)
  • Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)
  • Wandi (Favel Parrett, Lothian)

Young adult

  • The Monster of Her Age (Danielle Binks, Lothian)
  • The Boy from the Mish (Gary Lonesborough, A&U)
  • The Prison Healer (Lynette Noni, Penguin)
  • If Not Us (Mark Smith, Text).

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