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Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced.

The longlisted titles in each category are:


  • Nothing to See (Pip Adam, Victoria University Press)
  • Bug Week (Airini Beautrais, Victoria University Press)
  • Remote Sympathy (Catherine Chidgey, Victoria University Press)
  • Sprigs (Brannavan Gnanalingam, Lawrence & Gibson)
  • Victory Park (Rachel Kerr, Mākaro Press)
  • The Swimmers (Chloe Lane, Victoria University Press)
  • Fake Baby (Amy McDaid, Penguin)
  • 2000ft Above Worry Level (Eamonn Marra, Victoria University Press)
  • Sorrow and Bliss (Meg Mason, Fourth Estate)
  • Toto Among the Murderers (Sally J Morgan, John Murray Press) 

General nonfiction

  • The Mirror Steamed Over: Love and Pop in London, 1962 (Anthony Byrt, Auckland University Press)
  • Crossing the Lines: The Story of Three Homosexual New Zealand Soldiers in World War II (Brent Coutts, Otago University Press)
  • Not in Narrow Seas: The Economic History of Aotearoa New Zealand (Brian Easton, Victoria University Press)
  • Bus Stops on the Moon: Red Mole Days 1974-1980 (Martin Edmond, Otago University Press)
  • Specimen: Personal Essays (Madison Hamill, Victoria University Press)
  • This Pākehā Life: An Unsettled Memoir (Alison Jones, Bridget Williams Books)
  • Te Hāhi Mihinare |The Māori Anglican Church (Hirini Kaa, Bridget Williams Books)
  • The Dark is Light Enough: Ralph Hotere a Biographical Portrait (Vincent O’Sullivan, Penguin)
  • You Have A Lot to Lose: A Memoir 1956-1986 (C K Stead, Auckland University Press)
  • Towards Compostela: Walking the Camino de Santiago (Catharina van Bohemen, The Cuba Press) 


  • The Savage Coloniser Book (Tusiata Avia, Victoria University Press)
  • Funkhaus (Hinemoana Baker, Victoria University Press)
  • Far-Flung (Rhian Gallagher, Auckland University Press)
  • National Anthem (Mohamed Hassan, Dead Bird Books)
  • Wow (Bill Manhire, Victoria University Press)
  • Goddess Muscle (Karlo Mila, Huia Publishers)
  • Pins (Natalie Morrison, Victoria University Press)
  • This is Your Real Name (Elizabeth Morton, Otago University Press)
  • I Am a Human Being (Jackson Nieuwland, Compound Press)
  • Magnolia (Nina Mingya Powles, Seraph Press)

Illustrated nonfiction

  • Marti Friedlander: Portraits of the Artists (Leonard Bell, Auckland University Press)
  • Hiakai: Modern Māori Cuisine (Monique Fiso, Godwit)
  • An Exquisite Legacy: The Life and Work of New Zealand Naturalist G.V. Hudson (George Gibbs, Potton & Burton)
  • Observations of a Rural Nurse (Sara McIntyre, Massey University Press)
  • Shining Land: Looking for Robin Hyde (Paula Morris and Haru Sameshima, Massey University Press)
  • Off the Beaten Track: Hunting Tales from the New Zealand Back Country (Dave Shaw, Bateman Books)
  • Colin McCahon: Is this the Promised Land? Vol. 2 1960-1987 (Peter Simpson, Auckland University Press)
  • Nature—Stilled (Jane Ussher, Te Papa Press)
  • Karl Maughan (ed by Hannah Valentine and Gabriella Stead, Auckland University Press and Gow Langsford Gallery)
  • Endless Sea: Stories Told Through the Taonga of the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui te Ananui a Tangaroa (Frances Walsh and Jane Ussher, Massey University Press).

The winner of the fiction award receives NZ$55,000 (A$53,180), while the other category winners each receive NZ$10,000 (A$9670).

The shortlists will be announced on 3 March and the winners—including the Best First Book Awards—will be announced at a ceremony on 12 May.

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


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