Ockham NZ Book Awards 2016 winners and finalists

by The Listener / 11 May, 2016
Our national book awards are back with a hiss and roar.

The book awards were held for the first time as part of the Auckland Writers Festival on May 10, with a new sponsor on board, property developer Ockham Residential. Here are the author interviews and reviews of the books in the four categories – fiction, poetry, general non-fiction and illustrated non-fiction –  we did in the past year.

The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards winners and finalists are:


The Back of His Head, by Patrick Evans (Victoria University Press)

Chappy, by Patricia Grace (Penguin Random House)

Coming Rain, by Stephen Daisley (Text Publishing) (WINNER)

The Invisible Mile, by David Coventry (Victoria University Press)


Maurice Gee: Life and Work, by Rachel Barrowman (Victoria University Press)

The Villa at the Edge of the Empire: One Hundred Ways to Read a City, by Fiona Farrell (Penguin Random House)

Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood, by Witi Ihimaera (Penguin Random House) (WINNER)

Lost and Gone Away, by Lynn Jenner (Auckland University Press)


Te Ara Puoro: A Journey into the World of Māori Music, by Richard Nunns (Potton and Burton)

New Zealand Photography Collected, by Athol McCredie (Te Papa Press)

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney, Aroha Harris (Bridget Williams Books) (WINNER)

Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s, by Bronwyn Labrum (Te Papa Press)


How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, by Chris Tse (Auckland University Press)

The Night We Ate the Baby, by Tim Upperton (Haunui Press)

Song of the Ghost in the Machine, by Roger Horrocks (Victoria University Press)

The Conch Trumpet, by David Eggleton (Otago University Press) (WINNER)


David Coventry for his novel The Invisible MileChris Tse for his poetry collection How to be Dead in the Year of Snakes; Melissa Matutina Williams for Panguru and the City: Kainga Tahi, Kainga Rua; and Richard Nunns for Te Ara Puoro: A Journey Into the World of Maori Music: Listener 100 Best Books 2015, "The remarkable rediscovery of traditional Maori musical instruments – taonga puoro – over the past four or five decades is chronicled in this sumptuously illustrated publication."

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