Australian Book Industry Awards

Held annually, the Australian Book Industry Awards celebrate excellence in creating and producing high-quality books for Australian audiences. The Australian Book Industry Awards celebrate success across a range of categories within our Book Awards, Audiobook Awards and Business Awards.

*Shirley has read it. DNF: Shirley did not finish it.  Links are to author websites.


  • 2001 Smoky Joe’s Café, Bryce Courtenay
  • 2002: Dirt Music, Tim Winton*
  • 2003 Gallipoli, Les Carlyon
  • 2006
    • Book of the Year: The Secret River, Kate Grenville
    • Literary Fiction: The Secret River, Kate Grenville
    • General Fiction: The Broken Shore, Peter Temple
  • 2007
    • Book of the Year: The Great War, Les Carlyon
    • Literary Fiction: Carpentaria, Alexis Wright
    • General Fiction: The Shifting Fog, Kate Morton*
  • 2008
    • Book of the Year: People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: Those Faraday Girls, Monica McInerney
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: People of the Book, Geraldine Brook
  • 2009
    • Book of the Year: The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas*
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton*
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas*
  • 2010
    • Book of the Year: Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: Truth, Peter Temple
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey
  • 2011
    • Book of the Year: The Happiest Refugee, Anh Do*
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: The Distant Hours, Kate Morton*
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: Bereft, Chris Womersley
  • 2012
    • Book of the Year: All That I Am, Anna Funder*
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: Sarah Thornhill, Kate Grenville
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: All That I Am, Anna Funder*
  • 2013
    • Book of the Year: The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton*
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman
  • 2014
    • Book of the Year: The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: Burial Rites, Hannah Kent*
    • International Book of the Year: The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton*
  • 2015
    • Book of the Year: The 52-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths*
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: Lost & Found, Brooke Davis
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: Foreign Soil, Maxine Beneba Clarke
    • International Book of the Year: All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr*
  • 2016
    • Book of the Year: Reckoning: A Memoir, Magda Szubanski
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: The Patterson Girls, Rachael Johns
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: The Other Side of the World, Stephanie Bishop
    • International Book of the Year: Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ, Giulia Enders
  • 2017
    • Book of the Year: The Dry, Jane Harper
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: The Dry, Jane Harper
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Dominic Smith*
    • International Book of the Year: Commonwealth, Ann Patchett*
  • 2018
    • Book of the Year: Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend
    • General Fiction Book of the Year: The Secrets She Keeps, Michael Robotham
    • Literary Fiction Book of the Year: See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt
    • International Book of the Year: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli and Francesa Cavallo