Category: NZ Book Awards

2017 NZ Book Awards

Three of the shortlisted fiction books could take out the Ockham’s top prize in 2017. (Wish there’d been time to read shortlisters from the other categories too, but alas.) With literary giants like Stead and Marshall at the helm of this section and powerhouse Chidgey snapping at their…

The Wish Child – Catherine Chidgey

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power in 1939 Germany. ◉ “Personally, I love human stories set during the war. But sometimes you feel like you’re reading the same stuff over and…

The Name On The Door Is Not Mine – C K Stead

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A collection of short stories including reworked pieces and new musings. ◉ “If a reader of this book wasn’t aware prior, it would be immediately apparent that C K Stead is a literary giant. “There is an effortlessness and sophistication…

Love As A Stranger – Owen Marshall

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Middle-aged strangers meet in a graveyard and begin an affair which soon turns into an obsession. ◉ “I loved this book from the very first sentence. The deceptively simple storyline was strung out at such a perfect pace, the…

Billy Bird – Emma Neale

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A boy who believes he is a bird is at the centre of an emotionally challenged family. ◉ “Billy Bird was a real grind for me. The day-to-day realities of sick pets, mental health issues, emotional pain, grief processing,…

2016 NZ Book Awards Judging

There was a lot reading that could have been done this year, a lot of reading we wanted to do, but alas, there isn’t time for everything! So, we read what we could and that included the fiction section and a few of the…

A Villa At The Edge Of The Empire – Fiona Farrell

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A book which examines the evolution of cities and of Christchurch in particular after its destructive earthquakes. ➤ “Prior to reading I thought this would be an important book to Cantabrians, but now I see this is a book relevant to…