Although Anna Funder’s wonderful debut fiction title All That I Am has won the overall prize for the Indie’s book of the year, a quick glance at some of the judges comments will reveal how difficult it is to choose one winner from so many excellent books:
Chris Harrington (Books in Print) says of Elliot Perlman: “His storytelling ability enables him to inform the reader about matters which might appear familiar, yet which reveal hidden layers of personal experience and emotional trauma”.
William McInnes and Sarah Watt’s Worse Things Happen At Sea is “a moving testimony to the power of love and family” and a “gentle, accessible and joyous book” (Lindy Jones, Abbey’s).
The winner of the children’s book category, The Little Refugee by Ahn and Suzanne Do with illustrations by Bruce Whatley is “an inspirational tale that truly connects with its readers” (Paul McDonald,The Children’s Bookshop).
And finally, here is a taste of the judge’s thoughts on All That I Am:
“… All That I Am is nearly flawless” – Karen Ferris, Better Read Than Dead
“… An astonishing novel… A must read” – Natasha Boyd, Book Bonding
“…powerful, breathtaking and utterly excellent” – Beth Cawte, Leading Edge