The ABIAs are an annual celebration of Australia’s finest and most popular writers and industry personalities. They are voted for by more than 100 representatives from across the bookselling and publishing industry. Panels of experts will decide on the winner in each category.
Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Effect has been shortlisted in the General Fiction Book of the Year category. The Rosie Effect is the sequel to the internationally bestselling The Rosie Project, which won the ABIA Book of the Year in 2014. It's another charming and hilarious romantic comedy starring Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman, who are now married and living in New York. Don is teaching while Rosie completes her second year at Columbia Medical School. Just as Don is about to announce that his philandering best friend Gene is coming to stay, Rosie drops a bombshell: she’s pregnant.
‘There’s no sophomore slump here...It’s a funny novel that also made me think about relationships: what makes them work and how we have to keep investing time and energy to make them better. A sweet, entertaining, and thought-provoking book.’ Bill Gates
‘Don himself, pedantically single-focused as ever, is increasingly charismatic and the left-field resolution of his problems is as satisfyingly credible as it is delightfully unexpected.’ Adelaide Advertiser
Helen Garner’s This House of Grief, shortlisted in the General Non-fiction Book of the Year category, is the heartbreaking and compelling true story of a murder trial. Helen became obsessed with the trial of Robert Farquharson, who drove his car into a dam killing his three sons. She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience all gathered for the purpose of bearing witness to the truth.
‘This House of Grief is a magnificent book about the majesty of the law and the terrible matter of the human heart. It has its centre a feeling of the engulfing powers of love and hate and the way any heart unlucky enough may kill the thing it loves and drown in an eternity of grief. If you read nothing else this year, read this story of the sorrow and pity of innocents drowned and the spectres and enigmas of guilt.’ Peter Craven, Weekend Australian
‘This House of Grief has all the trademark Helen Garner touches: harrowing scenes recorded without restraint or censorship; touching observations of characters’ weaknesses; wry moments of humour. And also customary with Garner’s work, her words, and the boys’ fate, will haunt us long after we’ve turned the last page.’ Guardian
To find out more about the awards and to view the full shortlists, visit the website here.
The winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner in Sydney on 21 May.