Australian Book Industry Awards 2016

19 May 2016

The winners of the Australian Book Industry Awards were announced at a gala ceremony at the NSW Art Gallery. The ABIAs recognise publishers' and booksellers' work in editing, design, production, marketing, publicity and sales, as well as the achievements of local authors. This year the event was more politically charged event with authors, publishers, and even the international presenters given over to protesting against the proposed industry changes which would reduce authors’ copyright control over their books and potentially flood the market with cheap overseas editions of books.  First-time author, actor and comedian Szubanski, won the Gold ABIA book of the year award for her highly acclaimed memoir Reckoning: A Memoir. Other winners from the night are listed below. For more information please go to the ABIA website.


Book of the Year 2016: Reckoning: A Memoir ( Magda Szubanski, Text Publishing)

Biography Book of the Year: Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski, Text Publishing )

General Fiction Book of the Year: The Patterson Girls ( Rachael Johns, MIRA, Harlequin Books)

General Non-fiction Book of the Year: Island Home ( Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Books Australia)

Illustrated Book of the Year: The Happy Cookbook ( Lola Berry, Plum, Pan Macmillan Australia)

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

Literary Fiction Book of the Year: The Other Side of the World (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette, Hachette Australia Books)

Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year: Salt Creek (Lucy Treloar, Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan)

Book of the Year Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years): Illuminae (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin Books)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years): The 65-Storey Treehouse ( Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton, Pan Australia, Pan Macmillan)

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year: The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade (Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys, Scribble, Scribe Publications)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year: All Fall Down (Matthew Condon, UQP, University of Queensland Press)

Lloyd O’Neil Award: Brian Johns

Pixie O’Harris Award: Jackie French

2016 Independent Book Retailer of the Year: Readings

2016 Book Industry Innovation Award: Quirky Kid

2016 National Book Retailer of the Year:  Joint winners: Dymocks Books and Booktopia

2016 Publisher of the Year: Allen & Unwin

2016 Small Publisher of the Year: NewSouth Books