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New Zealand Book Awards 2018 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards have been announced.

The longlisted titles are:


  • The New Animals (Pip Adam, Victoria University Press)
  • The Beat of the Pendulum (Catherine Chidgey, Victoria University Press)
  • The Earth Cries Out (Bonnie Etherington, PRH NZ)
  • Salt Picnic (Patrick Evans, Victoria University Press)
  • Sodden Downstream (Brannavan Gnanalingam, Lawrence & Gibson)
  • Heloise (Mandy Hager, PRH NZ)
  • Iceland (Dominic Hoey, Steele Roberts Aotearoa)
  • Baby (Analeese Jochems, Victoria University Press)
  • Tess (Kirsten McDougall, Victoria University Press)
  • Five Strings (Apirana Taylor, Anahera Press)

General nonfiction

  • Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885 (Michael Belgrave, Auckland University Press)
  • Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu (ed by Helen Brown & Takerei Norton, Te Rūnanga Ngāi Tahu and Bridget Williams Books)
  • Fearless: The Extraordinary Untold Story of New Zealand’s Great War Airmen (Adam Claasen, Massey University Press)
  • Phoney Wars: New Zealand Society in the Second World War (Stevan Eldred-Grigg with Hugh Eldred-Grigg, Otago University Press)
  • The 9th Floor: Conversations with Five New Zealand Prime Ministers (Guyon Espiner & Tim Watkin, Bridget Williams Books)
  • Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land (Kristyn Harman, Otago University Press)
  • Tears of Rangi: Experiments across Worlds (Anne Salmond, Auckland University Press)
  • Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir (Tom Scott, A&U NZ)
  • Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father (Diana Wichtel, Awa Press)
  • A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington (Redmer Yska, Otago University Press)

Illustrated nonfiction

  • New China Eyewitness: Roger Duff, Rewi Alley and the Art of Museum Diplomacy (ed by James Beattie & Richard Bullen, Canterbury University Press)
  • Strangers Arrive: Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930-1980 (Leonard Bell, Auckland University Press)
  • Good-bye Maoriland: The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War (Chris Bourke, Auckland University Press)
  • Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in New Zealand (Chris Brickell, Auckland University Press)
  • Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds (Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins, Bridget Williams Books)
  • Ten x Ten: Art at Te Papa (ed by Athol McCredie, Te Papa Press)
  • Undreamed of … 50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship (Priscilla Pitts & Andrea Hotere, Otago University Press)
  • Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History (Philip Simpson, Auckland University Press)
  • Gordon Walters: New Vision (ed by Zara Stanhope et al, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Dunedin Public Art Gallery)
  • The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula (Jonathan West, Otago University Press)


  • Flow: Whanganui River Poems (Airini Beautrais, Victoria University Press)
  • Anchor Stone (Tony Beyer, Cold Hub Press)
  • The Internet of Things (Kate Camp, Victoria University Press)
  • The Ones Who Keep Quiet (David Howard, Otago University Press)
  • Tightrope (Selina Tusitala Marsh, Auckland University Press)
  • Fully Clothed and So Forgetful (Hannah Mettner, Victoria University Press)
  • Night Horse (Elizabeth Smither, Auckland University Press)
  • What is Left Behind (Tom Weston, Steele Roberts Aotearoa)
  • Rāwāhi (Briar Wood, Anahera Press)
  • The Yield (Sue Wootton, Otago University Press).

The shortlists will be announced on 6 March 2018. The winners—including the Best First Book Awards and a Māori Language Award, presented at the judges’ discretion—will be announced at a ceremony on 15 May at the Auckland Writers Festival.

For more information, visit the awards website here.


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