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Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • The New Animals (Pip Adam, Victoria University Press)
  • Salt Picnic (Patrick Evans, Victoria University Press)
  • Sodden Downstream (Brannavan Gnanalingam, Lawrence & Gibson),
  • Baby (Annaleese Jochems, Victoria University Press)

General nonfiction

  • Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885 (Michael Belgrave, Auckland University Press)
  • Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds (Anne Salmond, Auckland University Press)
  • Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir (Tom Scott, Allen & Unwin NZ)
  • Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father (Diana Wichtel, Awa Press)

Illustrated nonfiction

  • Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds (Alison Jones & Kuni Kaa Jenkins, Bridget Williams Books)
  • Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History (Philip Simpson, Auckland University Press)
  • Gordon Walters: New Vision (ed Zara Stanhope, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki & Dunedin Public Art Gallery)
  • The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula (Jonathan West, Otago University Press)


  • Anchor Stone (Tony Beyer, Cold Hub Press)
  • Night Horse (Elizabeth Smither, Auckland University Press)
  • Rāwāhi (Briar Wood, Anahera Press)
  • The Yield (Sue Wootton, Otago University Press)

The winners will be announced on 15 May on the opening night of the Auckland Writers Festival.

The winner of the fiction award receives NZ$50,000 (A$46,531) and the winners of the general nonfiction, illustrated nonfiction, poetry and Māori Language awards each receive NZ$10,000 (A$9306). No longlist has been released for the Māori Language award, which is awarded at the judges’ discretion. Books by debut authors are also eligible to win the Best First Book Award in each category, worth $NZ2500 (A$2326) each.

For more information about the awards and the shortlisted titles, see the awards website.


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