‘Money with Jess’ by Jess Irvine has won Business Book of the Year at the fourth Smart WFM Australian Business Book Awards. The Awards were presented in a virtual ceremony held on 22nd November and saw more than $12,000 donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
What are Australian Business Book Awards?
The awards were founded by bestselling business author Andrew Griffiths and publishing expert Michael Hanrahan. They enable non-fiction business authors to share wisdom with colleagues and public. The Awards donate all profits to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which invests in more than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote communities to provide tools and resources to shape the direction of their children’s literacy future.
The 2022 Awards were the fourth and largest to date with 116 books entered across 10 categories including Entrepreneurship & Small Business; Personal Finance & Investment; Management & Human Resource; Technology; and Health & Wellbeing. 50 judges were involved in the careful and considered reviewing process across these categories.
The winning business book, by Senior Economics Writer at the Sydney Morning Herald and Age Jess Irvine, published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, helps readers strip away their negative money thoughts and teaches them how to get, how to spend, and how to save it.
Other winners included: ‘Secrets of a Superhost’ by Juls Rollnik (Entrepreneurship & Small Business); ‘For Love & Money’ by Carolyn Butler-Madden (Social Responsibility); ‘Homeforce’ by Jo Alilovic (Management & HR); and ‘Killer Thinking’ by Tim Duggan (Leadership).
Why are the Australian Business Book Awards important?
Awards Co-Founder Andrew Griffiths reflected on how the Awards has evolved since its inception in 2018. “One of the significant changes this year has been the support of the traditional publishers with the largest number ever of entries from this sector,” said Griffiths.
“This, combined with advances and increased sophistication of self-publishing suppliers, means the overall quantity and standard of non-fiction books in Australia continues to grow. We feel that the business books written and published in Australia are truly world class for both the knowledge shared and the quality of the books published,” Griffiths further said.
Global human capital management (HCM) consultancy Smart WFM returned as Platinum Sponsor this year. CEO and author of The Digital Workforce and upcoming book The Modern CEO, Jarrod McGrath, said authors play a vital role in knowledge sharing across industries.
“A huge congratulations to all the entrants from this year’s Awards, the biggest and most diverse we’ve seen yet. When experts put pen to paper to create a book, they open that world and their expertise to spur others to learn and adapt how they work,” said McGrath.
“These Awards support and encourage new authors every year and we’re incredibly proud to sponsor them. They’re also incredibly important contributors to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, with more than $44,000 donated to this vital charity since the Awards began.”