New Zealand Book Awards

Previous and current New Zealand Book Awards finalists.
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"The Name on the Door is Not Mine", by C.K. Stead.  2017 Finalist - Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.  Gathered from throughout Karl Stead's career, this collection is a reminder of his deft storytelling and literary power...These stories, linked by tone and feel, are clever, sensual, wry and beautifully written, with Stead's subtle sense of humour evident at every turn.

"The Name on the Door is Not Mine", by C.K. Stead. 2017 Finalist - Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize. Gathered from throughout Karl Stead's career, this collection is a reminder of his deft storytelling and literary power...These stories, linked by tone and feel, are clever, sensual, wry and beautifully written, with Stead's subtle sense of humour evident at every turn.

"A history of New Zealand women", by Barbara Brookes - 2017 Winner Illustrated Non-Fiction. A comprehensive history of New Zealand seen through a female lens. Brookes argues that while European men erected the political scaffolding to create a small nation, women created the infrastructure necessary for colonial society to succeed. Concepts of home, marriage and family brought by settler women, and integral to the developing state, transformed the lives of Māori women.

In her long-awaited book, Barbara Brookes, drawing on a wide variety of sources, traces the narratives of women’s lives throughout New Zealand's history.

"Molesworth : stories from New Zealand's largest high-country station", byHarry Broad ; photographs by Rob Suisted -this book is a history of Molesworth  highcountry station. . It tells the stories of those who have contributed so much over the years to this highly successful station. Just as importantly, it explains the importance of recreation and conservation in the running of a modern high-country farm. Richly illustrated. 2014 Nielsen Bookseller's Choice Winner

Book on Molesworth Station is a must for all those interested in the iconic South Island high country. Molesworth is our largest highcountry station. Molesworth covers an area great than Stewart Island

"Peter McLeavey : the life and times of a New Zealand art dealer", by Jill Trevelyan - a biography of  Wellington art dealer, Peter McLeavey. It charts the development of contemporary art in New Zealand. The research is based on McLeavey's extensive archive, exhibition files and letters to and from artists around New Zealand. 2014 General Non-Fiction Winner and Book of the Year,

Hugely influential in the New Zealand art world. This biograp[hy of iconic Wellingtonian Peter McLeavey, 'the life and times of a New Zealand art dealer' is well worth a read. See it in our library's catalogue.

"A whakapapa of tradition : 100 years of Ngāti Porou carving, 1830-1930 / Ngarino Ellis with new photography by Natalie Robertson - 2017 Winner - Judith Binney First Book, Illustrated Non Fiction. The story of Ngāti Porou carving and a profound transformation in Māori art.

"A whakapapa of tradition : 100 years of Ngāti Porou carving, 1830-1930 / Ngarino Ellis with new photography by Natalie Robertson - 2017 Winner - Judith Binney First Book, Illustrated Non Fiction. The story of Ngāti Porou carving and a profound transformation in Māori art.

"Black ice matter", by Gina Cole - 2017 Winner Hubert Church Best First Book Fiction - A collection of short stories exploring the connections between extremes of heat and cold. Sometimes this is spatial or geographical; sometimes it is metaphorical.

"Black ice matter", by Gina Cole - 2017 Winner Hubert Church Best First Book Fiction - A collection of short stories exploring the connections between extremes of heat and cold. Sometimes this is spatial or geographical; sometimes it is metaphorical.

"Can You Tolerate This?" by Ashleigh Young.  2017 Winner - Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction.  Also, winner of a Windham-Campbell Prize at Yale University.  A collection of twenty-one personal essays.

"Can You Tolerate This?" by Ashleigh Young. 2017 Winner - Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction. Also, winner of a Windham-Campbell Prize at Yale University. A collection of twenty-one personal essays.

"Billy Bird", by Emma Neale.  2017 Finalist - Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.  "Ripe with playfulness, yet also unforgettably poignant, this novel will unstitch - and then mend - your heart several times over."

"Billy Bird", by Emma Neale. "Ripe with playfulness, yet also unforgettably poignant, this novel will unstitch - and then mend - your heart several times over.

"The Wish Child", by Catherine Chidgey.  2017 Winner - Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.  At the heart of Catherine Chidgey's extraordinary new novel is an enigmatic voice that tells the story of German families caught up in a nation's dream.  The Wish Child is a profound meditation on the wreckage caused by a corrupt ideology, on the resilience of the human spirit, and on crimes that cannot be undone.

It’s Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. THE WISH CHILD by Catherine Chidgey.

"Hera Lindsay Bird" by Hera Lindsay Bird.  2017 Winner - Jessie Mackay Best First Book, Poetry.  This impressive debut has established Hera Lindsay Bird as a good girl with many beneficial thoughts and feelings with themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with the fantastic cream of who she is juxtaposing many classical and modern breezes.

"Hera Lindsay Bird" by Hera Lindsay Bird. 2017 Winner - Jessie Mackay Best First Book, Poetry. This impressive debut has established Hera Lindsay Bird as a good girl with many beneficial thoughts and feelings with themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with the fantastic cream of who she is juxtaposing many classical and modern breezes.

"Fale Aitu - Spirit House", by Tusiata Avia.  2017 Finalist - Poetry.  Speaking from Samoa, Christchurch, Gaza, and New York Avia's fearless voice combines mythic with the everyday stories, never shying away from moments of pain nor strange wonder.

"Fale Aitu - Spirit House", by Tusiata Avia. 2017 Finalist - Poetry. Speaking from Samoa, Christchurch, Gaza, and New York Avia's fearless voice combines mythic with the everyday stories, never shying away from moments of pain nor strange wonder.

"Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953", by Peter Simpson. 2017 Finalist, Illustrated Non-Fiction. In this book, Simpson tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of this 'Bloomsbury South' and the arts and artists that made it.

"Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch by Peter Simpson. 2017 Finalist, Illustrated Non-Fiction. In this book, Simpson tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of this 'Bloomsbury South' and the arts and artists that made it.

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