Discover some of the best Penguin Random House books of 2023 with this list of award-winning and shortlisted titles this year.
Congratulations to all the Penguin Random House authors who have been honoured by awards this year.
Across a wide range of genres, these shortlisted and awarded-winning books are great feats of literature from some of our amazing authors.
Scroll on to see the award winners and be prepared to discover a new favourite on this list.
Editorial Note: This list will be continuously updated throughout 2023 as awards are announced.
Shortlisted and award-winning books 2023
- Abomination by Ashley Goldberg, 2023 National Jewish Book Awards (US), Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction
- Cop and Robber by Tristan Bancks, 2023 Young Australians Best Book Awards, Fiction for Years 7-9
- Head and Heart by Kirstin Ferguson, 2023 Australian Career Book Award; Thinkers50 2023 Leadership Award
- Neverlanders by Tom Taylor and Jon Sommariva, Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year for Older Readers 2023
- The Tree at Number 43 by Jess McGeachin, 2023 Environment Award for Children's Literature
- The Vegemite Cookbook by Vegemite, Gourmand Awards 2023, Best Corporate Brand Cookbook
- Seven Days by Fleur Ferris, Davitt Awards 2023 (Young adult novel)
- You Choose 6: Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars by George Ivanoff, 2023 Young Australians Best Book Awards, Best Fiction for Young Readers
- Anam by André Dao, 2023 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award
- Bluey: Mini Bluey, Dymocks Young Readers Book of the Year
- Chain-Gang All Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, 2023 National Book Awards
- Denizen by James McKenzie Watson, 2022 Australian Shadows Award Finalist for a novel category; Ned Kelly Awards, 2023 Best Debut Crime Fiction
- Dirt by Sea by Michael Wagner and Tom Jellet, Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Honour Picture Book 2023
- Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson, 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards for General Fiction Book of the Year
- Faithless by Alice Nelson, The Age Book of the Year (fiction)
- Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks, Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023
- Happy Place by Emily Henry, Dymocks Book of the Year
- Her Fidelity by Katherine Pollock, cover designed by Christa Moffitt (Christabella Designs), 2023 Australian Book Design Awards (Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover)
- Here Goes Nothing by Steve Toltz, 2022 Aurealis Awards, Best Science Fiction Novel; 2023 Russell Prize for Humour Writing
- Investing with She’s on the Money by Victoria Devine, 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards for General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
- Lenny Marks Gets Away with Murder by Kerryn Mayne, Ned Kelly Awards, 2023 Best Debut Crime Fiction
- Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards for International Book of the Year
- Life: What Nat to Do by Nat’s What I Reckon, 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards for Audiobook of the Year
- Mothertongues by Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
- Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables by Tim Harris and James Hart, Fiction for odler readers honour book
- Nimblefoot by Robert Drewe, 2023 Western Australian Book Awards The Premier’s Prize for Book of the Year; 2023 Margaret & Colin Roderick Literary Award; Voss Literary Prize
- Not Now, Not Ever by Julia Gillard, 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards for Social Impact Book of the Year
- One of Us Is Back by Karen M. McManus, Dymocks Young Readers Book of the Year
- Stone Town by Margaret Hickey, Davitt Awards 2023 (adult novel)
- The All of It by Cadance Bell, The Age Book of the Year (non-fiction)
- The Angry Women's Choir by Meg Bignell, 2023 Margaret & Colin Roderick Literary Award
- The Bee Sting by Paul Marray, 2023 Booker Prize for Fiction
- The Blood Traitor by Lynette Noni, 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards for Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+)
- The Book of Wonderous Possibilities by Deborah Abela, Davitt Awards 2023 (children's novel)
- The Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman, 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards for International Book of the Year
- The Scrap Iron Flotilla by Mike Carlton, 2023 NSW Premier's History Awards, The Anzac memorial Trustees' Military History Prize; 2023 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize
- The Sun and the Star by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro, Dymocks Young Readers Book of the Year
- This Other Eden by Paul Harding, 2023 Booker Prize for Fiction
- You’re Doing it Wrong by Kaz Cooke, 2023 Russell Prize for Humour Writing
- What We All Saw by Mike Lucas, 2023 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Young adult literature
- Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon by Gabrielle Wang, 2023 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Children's literature; Queensland Literary Awards, Children's Book Award
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