2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards: The Winners!


By | May 15, 2019

And the winners are…

ACORN FOUNDATION FICTION PRIZE
This Mortal Boy
Fiona Kidman

“An intensely human and empathetic story” … “moving, memorable, authentic and urgently relevant to our times.”

 

MARY AND PETER BIGGS AWARD FOR POETRY
Are Friends Electric?
Helen Heath

“Impresses with its broad thematic reach” … “Heath asks if friends can—or should—be electric, and probes deeper questions about what it means to be human.”

 

ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION AWARD
Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing
Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot

“Flawless integration of text, illustration and design” … “It is a visual feast, and at the same time celebrates the tactile pleasure of a book in the hand, and should be acknowledged as a milestone in contemporary publishing.”

 

ROYAL SOCIETY TE APĀRANGI AWARD FOR GENERAL NON-FICTION
Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love
Joanne Drayton

“Reveals the humour and drama of this couple’s (Hudson and Halls) onscreen chemistry, and is a deeply moving and often surprising account of their private life.”…”generous, multi-layered, and touching.”

 

Read more about the other awards given here, an account of the awards as they were given here, or pop in to the store to pick up a winner or grieve who missed out with us.