Australian Bookseller and Publisher - 25 January, 2012
- Caleb's Crossing (Geraldine Brooks, HarperCollins)
- The Street Sweeper (Elliot Perlman, Random House)
- Foal's Bread (Gillian Mears, A&U)
- Five Bells (Gail Jones, Random House)
- Worse Things Happen at Sea (William McInnes & Sarah Watt, Hachette)
- Notebooks (Betty Churcher, MUP)
- After Words: Post Prime Ministerial Speeches (Paul Keating, A&U)
- A Private Life (Michael Kirby, A&U)
- Past the Shallows (Favel Parrett, Hachette)
- All That I Am (Anna Funder, Penguin)
- The Roving Party (Rohan Wilson, A&U)
- Watercolours (Adrienne Ferreira, HarperCollins)
- The Jewel Fish of Karnak (Graeme Base, Penguin)
- The Little Refugee (Anh & Suzanne Do, illus Bruce Whatley, A&U)
- The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings 1 (Andrew McGahan, A&U)
- The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, Macmillan).
The category and overall winners will be announced on 10 March at the Leading Edge Books conference in Melbourne.
Last year's Book of the Year winner was The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do (A&U).