Local bookseller chooses book of the year

LOCAL independent bookseller, Pages of Life, will play a role in choosing which book goes on to win the Indie Book of the Year Award 2013.

"I'm really pleased to play a part in choosing the winner," bookshop owner Sam Hutchinson said.

"Sharing the books I love with others is one of the great pleasures of running a bookshop, and this is where I get to really shout about the best Australian books around and get others excited about them too. I'm part of a national community of indie booksellers who all love reading and discovering new books as much as I do. I'll be putting my vote in, and can't wait to see which book is voted the overall winner."

Now in its fifth year, The Indie Book Awards is where the country's independent booksellers choose their favourite Australian books of the last 12 months.

Panels of booksellers choose winners in four categories - Fiction, Non-Fiction, Debut Fiction and Children's.

Independent booksellers from across the country then vote to select the best of the best - the top-polling book will be announced as The Indie Book of the Year for 2013.

The shortlist is:

Fiction

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)

Non-fiction

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)

Debut Fiction

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)

Children's

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)

Independent booksellers have a reputation for being the ones to spot the next-big-thing and The Indie Awards is one to watch. Previous Indie Book of the Year winners include Breath by Tim Winton, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do and All That I Am by Anna Funder, which all went on to national and international acclaim.

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