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70th Australian Book Design Awards shortlist

We're excited to see that three Scribe and two Scribble books have been shortlist for the 70th Australian Book Design Awards.

Best designed commercial fiction cover
The Speechwriter
 by Martin McKenzie-Murray
Designed by Nathan Burton

How We Are Translated by Jessica Gaitán Johannesson
Designed by Allison Colpoys

In Moonland by Miles Allinson
Designed by Allison Colpoys

Best designed children's illustrated book
Arno and His Horse
 by Jane Godwin and Felicita Sala
Designed by Miriam Rosenbloom

Best designed children's nonfiction illustrated book
Let’s Eat Weeds
 by Annie Raser-Rowland, Adam Grubb, and Evie Barrow
Designed by Miriam Rosenbloom

The winners of the Australian Book Design Awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 3 June 2022.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted designers.

The Speechwriter

In his fiction debut, erstwhile speechwriter Martin McKenzie-Murray takes us on a frantic, funny, and surreal journey through the corridors of power.

Toby, former speechwriter to the PM, has reached a new low: locked behind bars in a high-security prison, with sentient PlayStations storming the city outside, and the worst of Australia’s criminals forcing him to ghost-write letters to their loved ones or have his spine repurposed as a coat-rack. How did he get here? From the vantage point of his prison cell, Toby pens his memoir, trying to piece together how he fell so far, all the while fielding the…

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How We Are Translated

LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE

People say ‘I’m sorry’ all the time when it can mean both ‘I’m sorry I hurt you’ and ‘I’m sorry someone else did something I have nothing to do with’. It’s like the English language gave up on trying to find a word for sympathy which wasn’t also the word for guilt.

Swedish immigrant Kristin won’t talk about the Project growing inside her. Her Brazilian-born Scottish boyfriend Ciaran won’t speak English at all; he is trying to immerse himself in a Swedish
språkbad language bath,
to prepare for their future, whatever the fick that means.…

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In Moonland

HIGHLY COMMENDED IN THE 2022 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR FICTION

‘A parent’s love for a child, you probably know this yourself, it’s pretty bottomless. It goes down into the guts of the world. But a child’s love for a parent is different. It goes up. It’s more ethereal. It’s not quite present on the earth.’

In present-day Melbourne, a man attempts to piece together the mystery of his father’s apparent suicide as his young family slowly implodes. At the ashram of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, in 1976, a man searching for salvation must confront his capacity for violence and darkness.…

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Arno and His Horse

A BIG ISSUE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Arno and His Horse is a beautifully written rhyming text, matched with exquisite illustrations, that explores love, memory, loss, and the power objects can hold.

Arno had a horse,
it was brown and it was black.
He took it with him everywhere,
but did he bring it back?

When Arno loses his precious toy horse, all the kids in town help him to look for it. They look everywhere, but will Arno ever see his horse again?

A touching story about memory, dreams, and the mysterious ways we feel connected to those we love.

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Let’s Eat Weeds!

From salads to main dishes, edible weeds are delicious! Find out how to identify them, where and when to find them, and how to cook them.

Ever thought weeds were just pesky plants to pull out and throw away? Think again! This informative, funny, and beautiful book will show you just how great edible weeds can taste. Learn to smell your way to an angled onion, bake weeds ‘n’ cheese pie, and safely harvest the juicy fruits of a prickly pear.

This is the ultimate companion for the young urban or rural forager. Once you’ve read it, you’ll start to see food all around you, every time you go for a…

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The Speechwriter

Martin McKenzie-Murray

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How We Are Translated

Jessica Gaitán Johannesson

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In Moonland

Miles Allinson

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Arno and His Horse

Jane Godwin

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Let’s Eat Weeds!

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