The Australian Book Industry Awards 2016

The Australian Book Industry Awards were announced last night in Sydney. The industry awards celebrate the best books, publishers and booksellers of the year.

We are thrilled and honoured to have won this year’s Independent Book Retailer of the Year award!

Our Managing Director Mark Rubbo says, ‘Having just won International Bookseller of the Year, we are especially pleased to also have been acknowledged by our own peers. It’s a great tribute to our staff and our customers. I am so proud to be part of this vibrant and successful creative industry. Sadly the very foundations of that industry are under threat from the Federal Government’s indications that they will accept the recommendations of the Productivity Commission to weaken copyright of our authors who give us such wonderful stories and help us understand our world.’

Richard Flanagan spoke during the awards ceremony on the topic of the Productivity Commission. You can read his speech here. Tim Winton also spoke on the issue, and you can read his speech here.

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

Book of the Year 2016:

Reckoning: A Memoir by Magda Szubanski (Text Publishing)

Biography Book of the Year:

Reckoning: A Memoir by Magda Szubanski (Text Publishing)

General Fiction Book of the Year:

The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns (Harlequin Books)

General Non-fiction Book of the Year:

Island Home by Tim Winton (Penguin Books Australia)

Illustrated Book of the Year:

The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry (Pan Macmillan Australia)

International Book of the Year:

Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ by Giulia Enders, (Scribe Publications)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year:

The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop (Hachette Australia)

Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year:

Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar (Pan Macmillan)

Book of the Year Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years):

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, (Allen & Unwin)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years):

The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton (Pan Macmillan)

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year:

The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribe Publications)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year:

All Fall Down by Matthew Condon (University of Queensland Press)

2016 Independent Book Retailer of the Year:


2016 National Book Retailer of the Year:

Dymocks Books and Booktopia

2016 Publisher of the Year:

Allen & Unwin

2016 Small Publisher of the Year:


2016 Book Industry Innovation Award:

Quirky Kid

Lloyd O’Neil Award:

Brian Johns

Pixie O’Harris Award:

Jackie French

You can read more about the awards here.

Cover image for Reckoning: A Memoir

Reckoning: A Memoir

Magda Szubanski

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