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Top picks and award winners

Top picks

The Best Books of 2016 as decided by readers.

IndieBound Booksellers  
IndieBound is a community-based movement that supports local, independent New Zealand bookshops. Check out the Indie Top 20 for this week.

The Guardian 
Authors choose their favourite books on their chosen theme. Including the Vikings, Authentic Romances, Voyeurs, Megacities in Fiction and many more!

New York Times 
The week’s best sellers of combined Print and ebook Fiction. Also available is Non-fiction, Children’s and Monthly Lists, which include Crime, Business, Celebrities, Food and Diet, Science, Travel and Education.

Booksellers NZ 
Top selling New Zealand Fiction and Non-fiction for Adults, Children’s and Teens. You’ll also find lists of International Top 10 sales from New Zealand booksellers.

NPR Books
NPR’s Book Concierge Guide to great reads. Use filters to explore more than 300 recommended titles.

Award Winners

New Zealand Book Awards
Celebrating excellence and identifying the very best books for adult readers written by New Zealanders. The awards are judged in four main categories: Poetry, Fiction, Illustrated Non-fiction and General Non-fiction.

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 
The prize for Fiction is one of the seven that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama and Music. Recognising distinguished Fiction by an American author.

The Man Booker Prize
Leading UK literary prize, awarded each year for the best original novel published in the UK.

Award Winners – Children’s Books

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 
These awards are a unique celebration of the contribution New Zealand authors and illustrators make to building national identity and cultural heritage.

The Newbery Medal
Named for eighteenth-century British bookseller, John Newbery this prize is awarded by the American Library Association.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
The UK’s oldest and most prestigious Children’s Book Awards.

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlist 2018

Forty books traversing the cultural, historic, artistic and social landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand have made the longlist for the prestigious Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. The shortlist will be announced on 6 March 2018 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 15 at the Auckland Writers Festival.

Fiction (The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize)

The new animals by Pip Adam

The beat of the pendulum by Catherine Chidgey

Heloise by Mandy Hager

Iceland by Dominic Hoey

Baby by Annaleese Jochems

Tess by Kirsten McDougall

Five strings by Apirana Taylor

The earth cries out by Bonnie Etherington

Salt picnic by Patrick Evans

Sodden Downstream by Brannavan Gnanalingam

General Non-fiction (The Royal Society Te Apārangi Award)

Dancing with the King: the rise and fall of the King Country, 1864-1885 by Michael Belgrave

Fearless: the extraordinary untold story of New Zealand’s Great War airmen by Adam Claasen

Phoney wars: New Zealand society in the Second World War by Stevan Eldred-Grigg

The 9th floor: conversations with five New Zealand prime ministers by Guyon Espiner

Tears of Rangi by Anne Salmond

Drawn out: a seriously funny memoir by Tom Scott

Driving to Treblinka: a long search for a lost father by Diana Wichtel

A strange and beautiful excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington, 1888-1903 by Redmer Yska

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu edited by Helen Brown and Takerei Norton

Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land by Kristyn Harman

Illustrated Non-fiction

Ten x ten: art at Te Papa by Athol McCredie

Good-bye Māoriland: the songs and sounds of New Zealand’s Great War by Chris Bourke

Tōtara: a natural and cultural history by Philip Simpson

Undreamed of… : 50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship by Priscilla Pitts

New China Eyewitness: Roger Duff, Rewi Alley and the Art of Museum Diplomacy edited by James Beattie and Richard Bullen

Strangers Arrive: Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930-1980 by Leonard Bell

Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in New Zealand by Chris Brickell

Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds by Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins

Gordon Walters: New Vision by Zara Stanhope, Lucy Hammonds, Laurence Simmons, Julia Waite

The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula by Jonathan West

The yield by Sue Wootton

The internet of things by Kate Camp

Night horse by Elizabeth Smither

Flow: Whanganui River Poems by Airini Beautrais
Anchor Stone by Tony Beyer
The Ones Who Keep Quiet by David Howard
Tightrope by Selina Tusitala Marsh
Fully Clothed and So Forgetful by Hannah Mettner
What is Left Behind by Tom Weston
Rāwāhi by Briar Wood


Last Reviewed: 20/10/2017

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