29 Apr 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards shortlists announced
Sydney, Tuesday 29 April, 9am
The 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) shortlists were announced this morning in Sydney, revealing a stellar list of nominees that includes 2013 Man Booker Prize-winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton for the inaugural International Book of the Year award and, for Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the multi-award-winning debut novel Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
Literary Fiction Book of the Year is traditionally a hotly contended category and the competition has never been fiercer than in 2014. The other nominees are Tim Winton’s Eyrie, Christos Tsiolkas’ Barracuda, Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest. Full shortlists can be found in the following pages.
Another notable inclusion is Nikki Gemmell, writing as NJ Gemmell, nominated for Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years) for her children’s debut The Kensington Reptilarium. Graeme Simsion’s popular bestseller The Rosie Project receives a nomination in General Fiction Book of the Year category.
See the official ABIAs site for the full list.
Michael Gordon-Smith and James Kellow, HarperCollins Australia CEO and president of the voluntary committee coordinating the 2014 ABIAs, are available for interview.