The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan has been crowned as the Independent Booksellers of Australia favourite Australian book from last year and the winner of The Indie Book of the Year Award 2014. The individual category winners in Fiction, Debut Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s were also announced. From these four category winners the independent booksellers selected the best of the best - The Indie Book of the Year for 2014.
Upon announcement, Richard Flanagan said; " If there is a motif for my novel it is the circle, and it seems fitting that a book whose public life began with me speaking about it at the Leading Edge conference last year now sees me return here to thank you, the independent booksellers, for this award.
2013 was a golden year for Australian books. Across fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books there were so many outstanding works that sold in record numbers. In what is in many ways a time of despair and difficulty for those in the world of books, I want to thank Australian independent bookshops not only for this award but for making this small miracle possible.
Good Australian writing needs good Australian bookshops to prosper. Without them Australian writers are one more endangered species whose bush has been bulldozed. That we have not only survived, but shown that Australian writing remains popular and profitable is a great achievement that deserves celebration.
And for that the real prize goes to all the Australian independent booksellers who backed not only me with such passion and such commitment, but who have backed so many Australian writers. I am grateful for this prize, but I am indebted for that support. Without it I—and so many others— would not be writers. Ponder, for a moment, what Australia would be without Australian books. That they continue to be written is as much your achievement as it is our vocation. Thank you."
According to Galina Marinov, Buyer/Marketing Manager, Leading Edge Books, “As with all great literature, this is a book that can be read on many levels - a deeply moving novel of one man’s life, a devastatingly beautiful love story, a harrowing historical narrative daring us never to forget and most of all, as an ode to the resilience of the human spirit. All this makes it a dream book in the hands of independent booksellers – to read, to love and to recommend wholeheartedly to their customers.”
The category award winners are:
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Random House)
Girt by David Hunt (Black Inc)
BEST DEBUT FICTION:
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Pan Macmillan)
Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester (Penguin)
THE INDIE BOOK OF YEAR 2014 - The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Random House)
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