Jasper Jones, the highly acclaimed novel by West Australian author Craig Silvey, has been named the winner of the 2009 Indie Book of the Year.
Now in its second year, The Indie Book Award is chosen by Australia's independent booksellers who select their favourite Australian authors of the last 12 months.
Jayne Wasmuth, General Manager at Leading Edge Books, the awards organisers said, “Australia’s independent bookshops have fallen in love with Craig Silvey and the colourful cast of characters from his breakout novel – Jasper Jones. There was absolutely no doubt, this book was the clear winner among indies as the Book of the Year for 2009.
We had very strong contenders in Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man (Non Fiction), Sonia Orchard’s The Virtuoso (Debut Fiction) and Sally Murphy and Heather Potter’s Pearl Verses the World (Children’s Book). But it was our Fiction category winner – Jasper Jones – that quickly took the lead as the votes came in.”
Craig Silvey grew up in Western Australia and now lives in Fremantle.
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