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2019 In Review: The Year’s Best Books (Award Winners)


The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The Overstory by Richard Powers WINNER

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

There There by Tommy Orange

The Miles Franklin Literary Award

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko WINNER

The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

A Sand Archive by Gregory Day

A Stolen Season by Rodney Hall

The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones

Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills

The Stella Prize

The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie WINNER

Little gods by Jenny Ackland

The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo

Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau

Too much lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin

The Man Booker Prize

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood WINNER

Girl, woman, other by Bernardine Evaristo WINNER

An orchestra of minorities by Chigozie Obioma

Quichotte : a novel by Salman Rushdie

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world by Elif Shafak

The Davitt Awards (Crime Writing)

Best Adult Fiction

The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan  WINNER

This I Would Kill For by Anne Buist BEST DEBUT

Second Sight by Aoife Clifford

Redemption Point by Candice Fox

Mine by Susi Fox

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Wintering by Krissy Kneen

The Killing of Louisa by Janet Lee

Live and Let Fry by Sue Williams

Best Non Fiction

The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper WINNER

Trace by Rachael Brown

Eggshell skull by Bri Lee

Gorgeous Girl by Mary Pershall

The Lindt Café Siege by Deborah Snow

Waiting for Elijah by Kate Wild


The Ned Kelly Awards (Crime Writing)

Best Crime Novel

The Lost Man by Jane Harper WINNER

Kill Shot by Garry Disher

Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox

The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

The Other Wife by Michael Robotham

Live and Let Fry by Sue Williams

Best First Crime Novel

The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan WINNER

The Portrait of Molly Dean by Katherine Kovacic

The Yellow House by Emily O’Grady

Greenlight by Ben Stevenson

Best True Crime

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee WINNER

The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper

The Lindt Café Siege by Deborah Snow

Waiting for Elijah by Kate Wild

The Daggers (Crime Writing)

The Gold Dagger

The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven WINNER

All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew

What We Did by Christobel Kent

Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon

American by Day by Derek B. Miller

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better by Benjamin Wood

National Biography Award

No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani WINNER

The Wasp and the Orchid by Danielle Clode

The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life by Rozanna Lilley

One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton

Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic

Discover the year’s best books and award winners for 2019, focussing on the major literary and crime writing awards.


Check out the other lists from the SMSA’s Year in Review articles.


We’d love your suggestions

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2019 In Review: The Year’s Best Books (Award Winners)

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