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2024 Indie Book Awards Shortlist
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2024 Indie Book Awards Shortlist

The Indie Book Awards, chosen by independent booksellers, celebrate the best summer paperbacks, whether you are reading at home or on the beach or somewhere further afield.

Babel

Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators' Revolution

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Chris Lew Kum Hoi & Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 21 hours 45 minutes

“Finishing a book like this is equal parts pleasure and pain: pleasure in reading something so striking and beautiful juxtaposed by the pain of it ending. Few books have brought tears to my eyes; Kuang’s Babel is now numbered among them. Read more

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Essex Dogs

A Novel

Essex Dogs Trilogy: Book #1

By: Dan Jones
Narrated by: Ben Miles
Length: 13 hours 22 minutes

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2023

The New York Times bestselling historian makes his historical fiction debut with an explosive novel set during the Hundred Years' War.


July 1346. Ten men land on the beaches of Normandy. They call themselves the Essex Dogs: an unruly platoon of archers and men-at-arms led by a battle-scarred captain whose best... Read more

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Old God's Time

By: Sebastian Barry
Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
Length: 8 hours 34 minutes

From the two-time Booker Prize finalist author, a dazzlingly written novel exploring memory, grief, and long-buried secretsRetired policeman Tom Kettle is enjoying the quiet of his new home, a lean-to annexed to a white Victorian Castle in Dalkey overlooking the sea. For months he has barely seen a soul, but his peace is interrupted when two... Read more

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Really Good, Actually

A Novel

By: Monica Heisey
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hours 13 minutes

“There are books about it, songs about it, endless poetry written all about the tragic, heart-wrenching, vulnerable experience of losing love. It's difficult, however, to capture the full physical and mental ramifications of such events. Monica Heisey has shown that, though it is difficult, it is not impossible. In an honest, realistic view,... Read more

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Weyward

A Novel

By: Emilia Hart
Narrated by: Aysha Kala, Helen Keeley & Nell Barlow
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes

“This is an excellent read if you love well-researched historical fiction and multiple familial timelines. While I have read a few reviews that chastise the book's lack of positive male figures, I respectfully disagree. The patriarchy was entirely in charge during the Witch Hunts of the late 17th Century, as it was during the turmoil of... Read more

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Yellowface

A Novel

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Helen Laser
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

“Equal parts modern satire, indictment of the publishing industry, and twisted ghost story, R. F. Kuang’s first foray into literary fiction pulls no punches and will have you reading late into the night. Read more

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The Future of Geography

How the Competition in Space Will Change Our World

Politics of Place

By: Tim Marshall
Narrated by: Tim Marshall
Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

“Fascinating account of what's happening and what could be in the world's continuing space exploration. From novel scientific enterprises to complicated political relations, this book covers it all. And does so with a touch of humor! It is thought provoking, a bit scary, and inspirational. Brilliantly read by author Tim Marshall. Read more

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The Farmer's Wife

My Life in Days

By: Helen Rebanks
Narrated by: Helen Rebanks & Esmée Cook
Length: 8 hours 50 minutes

"An exquisite love-letter to the goodness of the natural world, and to shepherding family, marriage, and a farm to health and prosperity." —Nick Offerman, award-winning actor, comedian, and writer
A heartfelt, unvarnished reflection on the power of domestic life.Helen Rebanks' beautifully written memoir takes place across a single day on her... Read more

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Finding Hildasay

How one man walked the UK's coastline and found hope and happiness

By: Christian Lewis
Narrated by: Christian Lewis
Length: 9 hours 4 minutes

In his darkest depression, one idea brought Christian Lewis out of the depths - and into a new life. Finding Hildasay, read by the author, is a brutal and beautiful true story of depression, survival, walking, and the meaning of home.

‘Now I was finally out of the force of the wind, my body began to warm – the part where the real pain sets in.... Read more

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Everything is Everything

The Top 10 Bestseller

By: Clive Myrie
Narrated by: Clive Myrie
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes

'I've realised that my skin colour, and the sensibilities acquired living in a white dominated world, have given me an interesting perspective on a myriad of topics and issues... So Everything is Everything is about the intersection of the personal and the professional and what I've learned. There is tough stuff, but also hope.'

As a Bolton... Read more

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Divine Might

Goddesses in Greek Myth

By: Natalie Haynes
Narrated by: Natalie Haynes
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Natalie Haynes returns to the world of ancient Greek myth in this scintillating follow-up to Pandora’s Jar.Few writers today have reshaped our view of the ancient Greek myths more than revered bestselling author Natalie Haynes. Divine Might is a female-centered look at Olympus and the Furies, focusing on the... Read more

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Kicked Out

By: A.M. Dassu
Length: TBA

In this companion novel to the acclaimed Boy, Everywhere, A.M. Dassu returns to extend the story of Sami'sbest friend Ali, who organizes a charity soccer match for their friend Aadam while his whole life is privatelyunraveling.After their friend Mark's mum wins the lottery and gets a giant house with an indoor pool, Ali and Sami have beenhaving... Read more

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Safiyyah's War

By: Hiba Noor Khan
Narrated by: Shala Nyx
Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

Inspired by the true story of how the Grand Mosque of Paris saved the lives of hundreds of Jews during World War II, Hiba Noor Khan weaves a breathtaking tale of suspense, compassion, and courage, starring an extraordinary young heroine readers will never forget. Safiyyah loathes the brutal Nazi occupation of Paris, even though her Muslim... Read more

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The Clockwork Conspiracy

By: Sam Sedgman
Narrated by: Jot Davies
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

Clever, inventive and a cracking read Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

A locked-room mystery packed with rooftop chases, hidden codes and mind-bending science, The Clockwork Conspiracy is a must for fans of the Adventures on Trains series and Sharna Jackson's High Rise mysteries.

Aspiring inventor Isaac Turner lives with his dad, the... Read more

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The Wonder Brothers

By: Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Narrated by: Evie Hargreaves, Jessica Peterson, Kenton Thomas & Nico Mirallegro
Length: 4 hours 55 minutes

'A writer of comic genius - he has something of Roald Dahl's magic, but more heart' - Sunday Telegraph

No matter how big the show – family, friendship and adventure shine through in The Wonder Brothers by multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, illustrated throughout by Steven Lenton.

Cousins Middy and Nathan love magic. The on-stage,... Read more

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The Great Storm Whale

Storm Whale

By: Benji Davies
Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
Length: 7 minutes

Return to the world of The Storm Whale in this dramatic new adventure from award-winning picture book creator, Benji Davies. Read more

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