2021 Australian Book Design Awards shortlists

We are delighted to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the 2021 Australian Book Design Awards!

Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover
The Morbids (Ewa Ramsey), designed by Laura Thomas

Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover
Honeybee (Craig Silvey), designed by Lisa White
The Octopus and I (Erin Hortle), designed by Alissa Dinallo

Best Designed Children’s Book
A Clue for Clara (Lian Tanner), designed by Hannah Janzen
Across the Risen Sea (Bren MacDibble), designed by Joanna Hunt

Emerging Designer of the Year
Mika Tabata (Her Perilous Mansion, Tiger & Cat, Son of the Brush, The Wisdom of Tea)

The winners will be announced 24th June 2021.

The rest of the shortlists and more information can be found here.


by Craig Silvey

The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones.

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The Morbids

by Ewa Ramsey

Heart-wrenching, heartwarming and ultimately uplifting--a story about the power of a little kindness.

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A Clue for Clara

by Lian Tanner

Can a scruffy chicken crack a crime? Perhaps, if she's a genius like Clara. An egg-cellent novel about a small chook and a big crime by the highly-acclaimed author of Ella and the Ocean.

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Across the Risen Sea

by Bren MacDibble

Across the Risen Sea is an action-packed, compelling and heartfelt middle-fiction adventure, set in a post-climate change landscape, from the multi-award winning author of How to Bee.

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The Octopus and I

by Erin Hortle

A stunning debut novel set on the Tasmanian coast that lays bare the wild, beating heart at the intersection of human and animal, love and loss, and fear and hope.

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