Jonestown, Chris Masters’ controversial portrait of broadcaster Alan Jones has won the 2007 Australian biography of the year (available – CSU Library). The award is given by the Australian Book Industry Awards. Publisher, Allen & Unwin, picked up the title after being dropped by ABC Books.
The Great War by Les Carlyon received the Australian book of the year, as well as the award for best general nonfiction book (available – CSU Library). Miles Franklin Award winner, Carpentaria by Alexis Wright, took the prize for best literary fiction (available – CSU Library). The best general fiction book was Kate Morton’s The Shifting Fog (on order).
Shaun Tan’s picture book The Arrival was awarded best book for older children (available – CSU Library) and Jackie French won the younger children’s book award for Josephine Wants to Dance (available CSU Library). Best illustrated book was My French Life by Vicki Archer (available – Interlibrary loan). Alice Pung was named Australian newcomer of the year for her memoir Unpolished Gem (Available -CSU Library). Allen & Unwin was chosen as publisher of the year and Black Inc as small publisher of the year.