In 2016 the NZ Book Awards was reinstated after a year off due to lack of funding. Not only was there a new sponsor – thanks Ockham Residential! – but the prize was promised prominence at the yearly Auckland Writer’s Festival in May. So, what are bookclubbers to do but read the shortlist and try and predict the winners?!
With four categories and 16 books shortlisted and only eight weeks in which to read them, we don’t imagine we’ll read everything, but we’ll start with the fiction and see where we end up, making wild predictions along the way!
Fiction winner: The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey
Suzy & Rachel’s favourite: The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey
Non-fiction winner: Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young
Poetry winner: Fits & Starts by Andrew Johnston
Illustrated non-fiction winner: A History of NZ Women by Barbara Brookes
Fiction winner: Coming Rain by Stephen Daisley
Rachel & Suzy’s favourite: Coming Rain by Stephen Daisley
Non-fiction winner: Maori Boy by Witi Ihimaera
Poetry winner: The Conch Trumpet by David Eggleton
Illustrated non-fiction winner: Tangata Whenua by Judith Binney, Aroha Harris & Atholl Anderson