Sixteen books, seven of them by women, have been shortlisted for the Australian Independent Bookseller Awards (The Indie Awards). Voted on by the independent booksellers of Australia, the category winners and the overall ‘Book of the Year’ winner will be announced on Monday 25 March 2013.

The shortlisted books for the Indie Awards 2013 are:


Nine Days by Toni Jordan (Text)
Lost Voices by Christopher Koch (HarperCollins)
Questions of Travel  by Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin)
The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska (Random House)

Lake Eyre by Paul Lockyer (HarperCollins)
QF32 by Richard de Crespigny (Macmillan)
Sandakan by Paul Ham (Random House)
The Essential Leunig: Cartoons from a Winding Path by Michael Leunig (Penguin)


The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Random House)
Eleven Seasons by Paul D. Carter (Allen & Unwin)
The Cartographer by Peter Twohig (HarperCollins)
Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell (Hachette Little Brown)


The Convent by Maureen McCarthy (Allen & Uwnin)
The 26-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Macmillan)
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle (Allen & Unwin)

Surprisingly, women are absent from the non-fiction shortlist. Which books would you have liked to have seen nominated in this category?

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