Readings wins Book Retailer of the Year 2020

The winners of the annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced last night and Readings is honoured to have won this year’s Book Retailer of the Year award!

Managing Director Mark Rubbo says: “I am honoured to receive this recognition, especially in such a turbulent time. It is an award for the whole company and an acknowledgement of the hard work of all my colleagues.”

Below is a full list of winners from the night. Our congratulations to the winning authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers.


ABIA Book of the Year:
Bluey: The Beach

General fiction book of the year
Bruny by Heather Rose

Literary fiction book of the year
The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

General nonfiction book of the year
Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan

Biography book of the year
When All is Said & Done by Neale Daniher, with Warwick Green

Book of the year for older children (ages 13+)
Welcome To Your Period by Yumi Stynes & Dr Melissa Kang

Book of the year for younger children (ages 7-13)
The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

Children’s picture book of the year (ages 0-6)
Bluey: The Beach

Illustrated book of the year
The Whole Fish Cookbook by Josh Niland

International book of the year
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Small publishers’ adult book of the year
Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

Small publishers’ children’s book of the year
Love Your Body by Jessica Sanders & Carol Rossetti

The Matt Richell award for new writer of the year
Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch

The Audiobook of the year
No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, narrated by full cast


Book Retailer of the Year:
Readings Books

Bookshop of the Year:
Books Kinokuniya

Publisher of the Year:
Allen & Unwin

Small Publisher of the Year:
Magabala Books

Rising Star of the Year
Hazel Lam


Lloyd O’Neil Award for Service to the Australian Book Industry:
Helen Garner

Pixie O’Harris Award for Outstanding Commitment to Children’s Literature:
Erica Wagner

You can read more about this year’s awards here.

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