Dirt Town long-listed for the 2023 Indie Book Awards

Australian independent booksellers have nominated their favourite Australian books of 2022 and I’m delighted that Dirt Town has made the Debut Fiction Longlist for the Indie Book Awards 2023!

“Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards celebrate the best Australian writing; and who better to nominate and judge the best-of-the-best than indie booksellers! What makes indie booksellers uniquely placed to judge and recommend the best Aussie books of the past year, is their incredible passion and knowledge, their contribution to the cultural diversity of the Australian reading public, by recommending beyond the big brands, and above all, their love of quality writing. The Awards recognise and celebrate indie booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian authors.”

I don’t envy the judges of any prizes, particular when it’s been such an amazing year for Aussie writing. I’m in some incredible company in this list, and loving seeing the books that are being recognised across all categories. Huge congratulations to my fellow long-listees, and a big thank-you to everyone who makes awards like this one possible.