Winner of the Book of the Year for Older Readers is Scot Gardner’s The Dead I Know, a gritty, yet sensitive tale about a troubled boy apprenticed to a kindly undertaker. A celebration of life in the face of death.
Honour books include two of my favourite reads for the year: Bill Condon’s poignant and funny story of first love, first job, A Straight Line to My Heart; and Robert Newton’s moving story of two brothers marching off to the Great War, When We Were Two.
Book of the Year for Younger Readers was Kate Constable’s time-slip novel exploring black-white relations, Crow Country, with Jackie French’s excellent Nanberry: Black Brother White and Susan Green’s The Truth about Verity Sparks taking out Honour Books.
For a complete list of all Winning and Honour Books, please click here and congratulations to all Book of the Year, Honour Book, and Short-listed authors.