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New Zealand Book Awards 2016 longlists announced

The longlists for the New Zealand Book Awards have been announced.

The longlisted titles in each category are:


  • The Antipodeans (Greg McGee, Upstart Press)
  • Astonished Dice: Collected Short Stories (Geoff Cochrane, Victoria University Press)
  • The Back of His Head (Patrick Evans, Victoria University Press)
  • Chappy (Patricia Grace, Penguin)
  • The Chimes (Anna Smaill, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Coming Rain (Stephen Daisley, Text)
  • The Invisible Mile (David Coventry, Victoria University Press)
  • The Legend of Winstone Blackhat (Tanya Moir, Vintage)
  • The Pale North (Hamish Clayton, Penguin)
  • Reach (Laurence Fearnley, Penguin)

Illustrated nonfiction

  • Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed (Nick Mortimer & Hamish Campbell, Penguin)
  • My Family Table: Simple Wholefood Recipes from ‘Petite Kitchen’ (Eleanor Ozich, A&U)
  • Hello Girls and Boys! A New Zealand Toy Story (David Veart, Auckland University Press)
  • Tuatara: Biology and Conservation of a Venerable Survivor (Alison Cree, Canterbury University Press)
  • Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s (Bronwyn Labrum, Te Papa Press)
  • Coast. Country.Neighbourhood.City (ed. by Michael Barrett, Six Point Press)
  • Te Ara Puoro: A Journey into the World of Māori Music (Richard Nunns, Potton & Burton)
  • New Zealand Photography Collected (Athol McCredie, Te Papa Press)
  • Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney & Aroha Harris, Bridget Williams Books)
  • Tramping: A New Zealand History (Shaun Barnett & Chris MacLean, Potton & Burton)

General nonfiction

  • Maurice Gee: Life and Work (Rachel Barrowman, Victoria University Press)
  • Terrain: Travels through a Deep Landscape (Geoff Chapple, Random House)
  • The Villa at the Edge of the Empire: One Hundred Ways to Read a City (Fiona Farrell, Vintage)
  • Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood (Witi Ihimaera, Random House)
  • Lost and Gone Away (Lynn Jenner, Auckland University Press)
  • Kitchens: The New Zealand Kitchen in the 20th Century (Helen Leach, Otago University Press)
  • Panguru and the City, Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua: An Urban Migration History (Melissa Matutina Williams, Bridget Williams Books)
  • Outcasts of the Gods? The Struggle over Slavery in Māori New Zealand (Hazel Petrie, Auckland University Press)
  • Journey to a Hanging (Peter Wells, Penguin)
  • The Healthy Country? A History of Life and Death in New Zealand (Alistair Woodward & Tony Blakley, Auckland University Press)


  • The Art of Excavation (Leilani Tamu, Anahera Press)
  • Shaggy Magpie Songs (Murray Edmond, Auckland University Press)
  • How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes (Chris Tse, Auckland University Press)
  • The Night We Ate the Baby (Tim Upperton, Haunui Press)
  • Otherwise (John Dennison, Auckland University Press)
  • Mr Clean & The Junkie (Jennifer Compton, Mākaro Press)
  • Song of the Ghost in the Machine (Roger Horrocks, Victoria University Press)
  • Tender Machines (Emma Neale, Otago University Press)
  • The Conch Trumpet (David Eggleton, Otago University Press)
  • Dear Neil Roberts (Airini Beautrais, Victoria University Press).

The winner of the fiction award receives NZ$50,000 (A$45,354), and the winners of the general nonfiction, illustrated nonfiction, poetry and Māori Language awards each receive NZ$10,000 (A$9070). No longlist has been released for the Māori Language award. Books written by debut authors are also eligible to win the Best First Book awards in each category, worth $NZ2500 (A$2267) each.

The shortlists will be announced on 8 March 2016 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on 10 May 2016 on the opening night of the Auckland Writers Festival.

The New Zealand Book Awards have undergone significant changes since they were last presented in August 2014. Following the withdrawal of former sponsor New Zealand Post Group, a new charitable trust comprising members from the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), the New Zealand Society of Authors and Booksellers New Zealand took over administration of the awards in October 2014.

In July this year the trust announced a new structure for the awards, including an annual NZ$50,000 prize for fiction provided by the Acorn Foundation, as well as the introduction of specialist judging panels in each category to reduce the burden on judges. In August it announced that Auckland-based property developer Ockham Residential had taken over sponsorship of the awards.

For more information about the New Zealand Book Awards, click here.


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