Victorian-based writers have made a clean sweep of spots in the two adult-fiction shortlists for Indie Book Awards, which were announced on Monday.
The awards, which are presented by Australia's independent booksellers to the best books published last year, come in six categories: fiction; non-fiction; debut fiction; illustrated non-fiction; children's, and young-adult. Victorian writers occupied the four spots both in fiction and debut fiction.
The full shortlists are as follows.
Fiction: Force of Nature, Jane Harper; The Choke, Sofie Laguna; On the Java Ridge, Jock Serong, and City of Crows, Chris Womersley???.
Debut fiction: Wimmera, Mark Brandi; Australia Day, Melanie Cheng; The Last Man in Europe, Dennis Glover, and See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt.
Non-fiction: Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes; The Museum of Words, Georgia Blain; Saga Land, Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason, and The Trauma Cleaner, Sarah Krasnostein.
Illustrated non-fiction: Maggie's Recipe for Life, Maggie Beer with Professor Ralph Martins; Cornersmith: Salads and Pickles, Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler; Native: Art & Design with Australian Plants, Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters, and Beyond the Rock, Janelle McCulloch.
Young-adult: Beautiful Mess, Claire Christian; Take Three Girls, Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell; Untidy Towns, Kate O'Donnell, and Wilder Country, Mark Smith.
Children's: Pig the Star, Aaron Blabey; I'm Australian Too, Mem Fox and Ronojoy Ghosh; Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster, Sally Rippin, and Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend.
The category winners and the overall book of the year will be announced on March 26.