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Top picks and award winners

Top picks

The Best Books of 2018 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.

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 2019

The winners will be announced at the Auckland Writers Festival in May 2019. 

Fiction (The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize)

The New Ships by Kate Duignan

The Cage by Lloyd Jones

This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman

All This by Chance by Vincent O’Sullivan 

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

Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love by Joanne Drayton

Memory Pieces by Maurice Gee

We Can Make a Life by Chessie Henry

With Them Through Hell: New Zealand Medical Services in the First World War by Anna Rogers

Illustrated Non-fiction

Fight for the Forests: The Pivotal Campaigns that Saved New Zealand’s Native Forests by Paul Bensemann

Wanted: The Search for the Modernist Murals of E. Mervyn Taylor edited by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith

Tatau: A History of Samoan Tattooing by Sean Mallon and Sebastien Galliot

Birdstories: A History of the Birds of New Zealand by Geoff Norman


Are Friends Electric? by Helen Heath

There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime by Erik Kennedy

The Facts by Therese Lloyd

Poukahangatus by Tayi Tibble

Last Reviewed: 20/03/2019

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