The 2013 Indie Award Winners
The winners of the 2013 Indie Awards have been announced!
Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in four different categories, as well as their favourite book overall.
This year The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman has been named the overall Indie Book of the Year.
The full list of winners in each category, including comments from judges, are listed below:
Fiction Winner: Nine Days by Toni Jordan (Text Publishing)
Annie Sharkey and Alan Crooks from The Turning Page Bookshop in Springwood, NSW says:
This fine novel, Jordan’s third, captures an essential element of Australian life, demonstrates her growth as a writer and leaves us waiting with anticipation to see where her muse takes her next.
Non-fiction: QF32 by Richard de Crespigny (Pan Macmillan)
Leading Edge Books General Manager, George Papadopolous says:
A great blend of technical data and concise blow-by-blow detail had me gripped. At times, I felt the anxiety and adrenaline like I was there in the cockpit. Even though you know how the story ends, this is a fascinating read for anyone who’s ever been on a plane.
Debut Fiction: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Random House)
Rachel Burgoine from Written Dimension in Noosa Heads, QLD says:
The characters are well drawn and utterly believable. I found it to be a very heartfelt and gut-wrenching story and at times I was reading it with tears streaming down my face. It is the sort of book that stays with you, I loved it.
Children’s and YA Winner: Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
Emily Gale from Readings Carlton says:
Arresting and elusive in almost equal measure, the experience from beginning to end is like a dream that feels as real as it is bizarre, and one you can’t quite trust yourself to interpret fully - it’s there but tantalisingly out of reach until you stop reading and begin to coldly analyse it.