2017 ABIA Winners Announced


The winners of the 2017 Annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced at a star-studded ceremony at the Art Gallery of NSW last night.

The full list of winners can be viewed at ABIA 2017 but here are a few of my highlights:


I read The Dry as a bookclub selection when it first released and enjoyed it immensely, so much so, I have since given it as a gift several times.


I particularly enjoyed The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, having had the opportunity to read an early copy for review. Like The Dry, I’ve gifted this novel a couple of times over the last year. It’s a terrific read.





Turns out my son was onto a good thing in his prediction that Andy Griffiths writes the best books around!


A very big congratulations to Di Morrissey on her induction into the ABIA Hall of Fame. I’ve been a long time fan of Di ever since I read her Heart of the Dreaming series and When the Singing Stops, many moons ago!

To all of the authors who were nominated but didn’t win, congratulations on the nominations. All of the nominated books were worthy of their categories and I hope the nominations spill over into more readership for you.

All images have been been reproduced with permission by ABIA 2017.