Winners of the ABA Booksellers' Choice Book of the Year Awards 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards.

These awards recognise the titles that booksellers most enjoyed reading and hand-selling during 2019. This year, for the first time, the awards were presented in three categories: adult fiction, nonfiction and children’s.


The co-winners of the adult fiction category are There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett and The Yield by Tara June Winch.

Based on the experiences of Parrett’s own grandparents, There Was Still Love is a beautifully crafted historical novel that moves between Prague and Melbourne, and through time.

Read our review here.

Winch’s The Yield is an absorbing family drama that sees a young woman returning to her family home on Massacre Plains after the death of her grandfather, Albert Goondiwindi, where she must reckon with her history.

Read our review here.


The winner of the non-fiction category is See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill.

Combining rigorous research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do is an urgent and compelling study of domestic violence. Investigative journalist Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight, and asks readers to radically rethink how we can confront this national crisis of fear and abuse.

Read our review here.


The winner of the children’s category is Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe.

A young reader’s version of Bruce Pascoe’s seminal and award-winning work Dark Emu, Young Dark Emu demonstrates that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the time of British colonisation were not only hunter-gatherers, but also made agricultural use of their land.

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The Yield

The Yield

Tara June Winch

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