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Jane Harper’s ‘The Dry’ wins Fiction Book of the Year

Winners of the 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced at the Art Gallery of NSW last night with The Gold ABIA for Book of the Year and ABIA Fiction Book of the Year won by Jane Harper’s The Dry (Pan Macmillan Australia), a crime novel set in a drought-stricken rural Australia.

READ OUR REVIEW OF THE DRY HERE 

Jimmy Barnes won ABIA Biography of the Year for his memoir, Working Class Boy (HarperCollins Australia). Last night Barnes read from his second memoir, Working Class Man, due for release in October.

READ JIMMY BARNES SHARES HIS STORY IN EXTRAORDINARY OPERA HOUSE GIG HERE

The 78-Storey Treehouse (Pan Macmillan Australia and Bolinda Audio) by Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton won the inaugural ‘ABIA Audiobook of the Year’ and ‘ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children.

ABIA Publisher of the Year was won by Pan Macmillan Australia with NewSouth Publishing awarded ABIA Small Publisher of the Year. Booktopia, Readings and Potts Point Bookshop won Book Retailer ABIAs.

2017 ABIA HALL OF FAME

Lloyd O’Neil Award for Service to the Australian Book Industry won by best-selling novelist Di Morrissey

Pixie O’Harris Award for Outstanding Commitment to Children’s Literature won by literary agent Margaret Connolly

2017 ABIA BOOK AWARD WINNERS

Gold ABIA for Book of the Year: chosen from pool of ABIA category winners won by The Dry, Jane Harper, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)

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Biography Book of the Year won by Working Class Boy, Jimmy Barnes, (HarperCollins, HarperCollins Publishers)

Audiobook of the Year won by The 78-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Narrator Stig Wemyss (Bolinda Audio, Bolinda Publishing)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years) won by  The 78-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, (Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)

Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years) won by The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon, (Lothian, Hachette Australia)

General Fiction Book of the Year presented by The Australian Women’s Weekly won  by The Dry, Jane Harper, (Macmillan Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia)

General Non-fiction Book of the Year won by The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government, Niki Savva, (Scribe Publications)

READ HELEN RAZER ON THE ROAD TO RUIN HERE

Illustrated Book of the Year won by Penguin Bloom, Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive, (ABC Books, HarperCollins Publishers)

International Book of the Year presented by Audible won by Commonwealth, Ann Patchett, (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year won by The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Dominic Smith, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year presented by Simpsons Solicitors won by Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year won by  The Australian Native Bee Book, Tim Heard (Sugarbag Bees)

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year won  by My Sister is a Superhero, Damon Young, illustrated by Peter Carnavas, (University of Queensland Press)

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