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Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Longlist 2017

The 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards is an auspicious all-welcome gathering to honour the best New Zealand fiction, non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction, and poetry published in 2016. All 16 finalists, and the four Best First Book Award winners, read from their work before the grand winners are announced in this lively celebration of our literary mother lode. MC-ed by author and comedian Michele A’Court.

The 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Categories

Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize

Poetry Award

Royal Society Te Aparangi Award for General Non-Fiction

Illustrated Non-Fiction Award

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Can You Tolerate This?
  

Can You Tolerate This? (Trade Paperback/Paperback)

By Young, Ashleigh

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Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of twenty-one personal essays by Ashleigh Young.

ISBN 9781776560769
Published 11 August 2016 by Victoria University Press
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Fits and Starts
  

Fits and Starts (Trade Paperback/Paperback)

By Johnston, Andrew

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Andrew Johnston's mesmerising new collection weaves together fragments of dream, myth, memory and experience. With humour and melancholy, these poems draw upon the random treasures of the radio alphabet and the ancient contradictions of the Old Testament. At their centre, the myt ...

ISBN 9781776560615
Published 10 March 2016 by Victoria University Press
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Billy Bird
  

Billy Bird (Trade Paperback/Paperback)

By Neale, Emma

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"Moving, insightful, lyrical and also at times very funny, this novel is a supple, disarmingly frank exploration of parenthood. Liam and Iris have one son: Billy, a bright toddler puddling about (. . .) leaving surrealist art installations all over the house: a tiny cow in a teap ...

ISBN 9780143770053
Published 29 August 2016 by Random House
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A History of New Zealand Women
  

A History of New Zealand Women (Paperback)

By Brookes, Barbara

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"A comprehensive history of New Zealand seen through a female lens. Brookes argues that while European men erected the political scaffolding to create a small nation, women created the infrastructure necessary for colonial society to succeed. Concepts of home, marriage and family ...

ISBN 9780908321452
Published 4 February 2016 by Bridget Williams Books
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Fale Aitu Spirit House
  

Fale Aitu Spirit House (Paperback)

By Avia, Tusiata

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In Tusiata Avia's new collection Fale Aitu | Spirit House, the voices of the living and dead, the past and the present are woven together in poems that are both confessional and confrontational.

ISBN 9781776560646
Published 12 May 2016 by Victoria University Press
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Hera Lindsay Bird
  

Hera Lindsay Bird (Paperback)

By Bird, Hera Lindsay

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this impressive debut has established Hera Lindsay Bird as a good girl...with many beneficial thoughts and feelings... with themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with the fantastic cream of who she is...juxtaposing many classical and modern breeze ...

ISBN 9781776560714
Published 14 July 2016 by Victoria University Press
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My Father's Island: A Memoir
  

My Father's Island: A Memoir (Trade Paperback/Paperback)

By Dudding, Adam

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In My Father's Island, Adam Dudding writes frankly about the rise and fall of an unconventional cultural figure. But this is also a moving, funny and deeply personal story of a family, of a marriage, of feuds and secret loves - and of a son's dawning understanding of his father.

ISBN 9781776560820
Published 10 November 2016 by Victoria University Press
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A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Years of NgaTi Porou Carving, 1830-1930
 

A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Years of NgaTi Porou Carving, 1830-1930 (Hardback)

By Ellis, Ngarino; Illustrated by Robertson, Natalie S.

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From the emergence of the chapel and the wharenui in the nineteenth century to the rejuvenation of carving by Apirana Ngata in the 1920s, Maori carving went through a rapid evolution from 1830 to 1930. Focusing on thirty meeting houses, Ngarino Ellis tells the story of Ngati Poro ...

ISBN 9781869407377
Published 21 March 2016 by Auckland University Press
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New Zealand Wine: the Land, the Vines, the People
  

New Zealand Wine: the Land, the Vines, the People (Hardback)

By Moran, Warren

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Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir and Spy Valley Riesling. Montana Sauvignon Blanc and Cloudy Bay Chardonnay. Though the New Zealand wine industry really began only fifty years ago, vines and winemakers have now spread across the land - from Central Otago to Kumeu, Waipara to Wairarapa ...

ISBN 9781869404789
Published 7 November 2016 by Auckland University Press
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This Paper Boat
  

This Paper Boat (Trade Paperback/Paperback)

By Kan, Gregory

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In these poems, rich in understatedly beautiful imagery, two authors, their families and their many ghosts navigate oceans, forests, gardens and houses in New Zealand, Singapore, China, and in dreams. This Paper Boat follows the author as he traces his own history through the ...

ISBN 9781869408459
Published 22 February 2016 by Auckland University Press
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