Category: NZ Book Awards

This Mortal Boy – Fiona Kidman

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS The re-creation of one of the last executions in New Zealand leading to the abolition of capital punishment. ⚑ “Poor Albert Black. I appreciated the way this novel explored the impact on everyone involved in his trial and sentencing…

2018 NZ Book Awards

Social commentary is a traditional feature of literature, but with Millennials coming of age, outspoken hypothesising on the state of the world looks to become a staple of modern story telling. This year’s Ockham’s shortlist highlights this. A solipsistic tale of youth and immediacy, an immigrant’s…

Salt Picnic – Patrick Evans

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Mimicking Janet Frame’s travels, a young woman arrives on the island of Ibiza in 1956 and falls into a relationship with an American photographer. ➽ “Patrick Evans is an accomplished writer and obviously has a lot of intelligent thoughts swirling around…

The New Animals – Pip Adam

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Current and last generation fashion designers compete for fame on the streets of Auckland.  ➽ “Ugh this book made me hate myself quite frankly, but once I moved past my self-loathing I was able to enjoy it in all…

Baby – Annaleese Jochems

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS In this debut novel, young lovers run away, stealing money to buy a boat but inciting disaster wherever they turn. ➽ “I think we are all capable of horrible acts, depending on circumstances and surely we all sometimes wonder…

Sodden Downstream – Brannavan Gnanalingam

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A refugee walks through a Wellington storm to get to work but must rely on the kindness of strangers to get there. ➽ “A journey or expedition is a staple in fictional themes, however here this is turned on…

The Hut Builder – Laurence Fearnley

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Set in NZ’s deep south, a man at sorts with life finds himself on a mountain with Sir Ed Hillary. 2011 NZ Book Awards winner. ◉ “Getting to know Boden Black is a slow process – he turns…