2017 Ockham NZ Book Awards longlist revealed

Catherine Chidgey has been longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Catherine Chidgey has been longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

A Fairfax journalist and a celebrated novelist who has just released her first book in 13 years are among the writers to make the longlist of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Forty books have been selected for the longlist, in the categories of fiction, illustrated non-fiction, general non-fiction and poetry. Among them are the novel The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey and My Father's Island by Adam Dudding, an award-winning Fairfax journalist.

New Zealand Books Awards Trust chair Nicola Legat says the standard of entrants was "very high across all categories". 

Fairfax journalist Adam Dudding has been longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Fairfax journalist Adam Dudding has been longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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"That shows that this country's publishing, and indeed its literature, is in rude good health," says Legat. "If you are in any doubt about what you might read over summer, these 40 fine books are the place to start."

Other writers to be longlisted include CK Stead, Sarah Laing, Owen Marshall, Tracey Slaughter and Peter Simpson.

Victoria University Press makes a particularly strong showing, producing 11 of the 40 longlisted books.

The shortlist is announced in March and the winners in May, at the opening night event of the Auckland Writers Festival. 


2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Longlist 

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FICTION (The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize)

·         The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey (Victoria University Press)

·         A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse by Brannavan Gnanalingam (Lawrence & Gibson)

·         My Mother and the Hungarians by Frankie McMillan (Canterbury University Press)

·         Love as a Stranger by Owen Marshall (Penguin Random House)

·         Tail of the Taniwha by Courtney Sina Meredith (Beatnik Publishing)

·         Billy Bird by Emma Neale (Penguin Random House)

·         Deleted Scenes for Lovers by Tracey Slaughter (Victoria University Press)

·         The Name on the Door is Not Mine by C.K. Stead (Allen & Unwin)

·         Dad Art by Damien Wilkins (Victoria University Press)

·         Strip by Sue Wootton (Makaro Press)



·         Islands: A New Zealand Journey by Bruce Ansley & Jane Ussher (Penguin Random House)

·         A History of New Zealand Women by Barbara Brookes (Bridget Williams Books)

·         A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Years of Ngati Porou Carving 1830-1930 by Ngarino Ellis with Natalie Robertson (Auckland University Press)

·         101 Works of Art by Ken Hall, Jenny Harper, Felicity Milburn, Nathan Pohio, Lara Strongman, Peter Vangioni (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu)

·         Mansfield and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Sarah Laing (Victoria University Press)

·         New Zealand Wine; The Land, the Vines, the People by Warren Moran (Auckland University Press)

·         Futuna: Life of a Building by Gregory O'Brien (Victoria University Press)

·         A Beautiful Hesitation by Fiona Pardington (Victoria University Press)

·         Dark Matter by Ann Shelton (Auckland University Press)

·         Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953 by Peter Simpson (Auckland University Press)


GENERAL NON- FICTION (Royal Society of New Zealand Award for General Non-Fiction)

·         Goneville: A memoir by Nick Bollinger (Awa Press)

·         This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art by Anthony Byrt (Auckland University Press)

·         My Father's Island by Adam Dudding (Victoria University Press)

·         New Zealand's Rivers: An environmental history by Catherine Knight (Canterbury University Press)

·         The Broken Decade: Prosperity, depression and recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39 by Malcolm McKinnon (Otago University Press)

·         The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 by Vincent O'Malley (Bridget Williams Books)

·         The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920 by Ben Schrader (Bridget Williams Books)

·         The World, the Flesh and the Devil; The Life and Opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1765-1838 by Andrew Sharp (Auckland University Press)

·         Being Chinese: A New Zealander's Story by Helene Wong (Bridget Williams Books)

·         Can You Tolerate This? By Ashleigh Young (Victoria University Press)



·         Back with the Human Condition by Nick Ascroft (Victoria University Press)

·         Fale Aitu/Spirit House by Tusiata Avia (Victoria University Press)

·         Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird (Victoria University Press)

·         In the Supplementary Garden: New and Selected Poems by Diana Bridge (Cold Hub Press)

·         Thought Horses by Rachel Bush (Victoria University Press)

·         As the Verb Tenses by Lynley Edmeades (Otago University Press)

·         Fits & Starts by Andrew Johnston (Victoria University Press)

·         This Paper Boat by Gregory Kan (Auckland University Press)

·         And So It Is by Vincent O'Sullivan (Victoria University Press)

·         Beside Herself by Chris Price (Auckland University Press)

 - Stuff

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