Chloe Hooper

The 2019 Indie Book Awards | Shortlist Announcement

Australian independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books, are thrilled to announce their Shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2019, for the best Australian books published in 2018!

Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate this country’s incredible talent and the role independent booksellers play in supporting and nurturing Australian writing.

Who will win in each category in 2019?

Who will take out the overall ‘2019 Book of the Year’ Award?!

Without further ado, here is the Shortlist for the 2019 Indie Book Awards:

2018 Reading Reminiscences

Given how long it took me to get the spelling of reminiscences right, I think I'm still in holiday mode. Or a lousy speller. We took a few weeks off over Christmas and New Year and actually took the time off - very little was done on computers, tablets and smartphones. We nearly melted in a couple of early season heatwaves that just reinforce the idea that we're all going to hell in an incinerator ... where was I oh yeah, 2018 Reading Reminiscences. There were some very good books around in 2018 and this is less recommendation and more a meander around in the ones I really enjoyed.

The Arsonist

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime
Non-Fiction

On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

ISBN: 
B07DV7J5BH
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2018

A Child's Book of True Crime

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

In a small town near Port Arthur in Tasmania in the mid-nineties, Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted student. Kate becomes fixated on the unsolved crime of passion that occurred years earlier, less and less aware of her own reputation in the present. Is it her imagination, or is someone stalking her?

ISBN: 
174051208
Publisher: 
Random House Australia
Year of Publication: 
2002

THE TALL MAN - Chloe Hooper

Author Information
Book Title: 
The Tall Man
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9780241015377
Categorisation
Category: 
True Crime
Location: 
Queensland
Palm Island
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2008

2009 Ned Kelly Winners

Thank you very very much to Perry from Matilda who was at Friday night's Ned Kelly awards and kindly let me know the winners:

Non-Fiction
THE TALL MAN by Chloe Hooper

First Fiction
GHOSTLINES by Nick Gadd

Currently Reading - The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper

Book Title: 
Author Name: 

To be brutally honest, this is one of those books that I've known I should have read, and yet I've been very very leery of doing so.  The subject matter is uncomfortable, the events confronting.

It's not good enough to shy away because the truth is uncomfortable.

From the Blurb: