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.
Ockham_Book_Awards_logo-0-800-0-0

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:

FICTION


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)

GENERAL NON-FICTION


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)

ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION


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)

POETRY


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)

BEST FIRST BOOKS


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."

Follow the Listener on Twitter or Facebook.

Latest

Fall into a beautiful abyss at this must-see dance show in Auckland
102571 2019-02-20 12:12:54Z Where to go in Auckland

Fall into a beautiful abyss at this must-see dance…

by Metro

A contemporary dance show that marries dystopian anxiety with raw energy is a must-see at the Auckland Arts Festival.

Read more
Climate change declaration 'politically charged' – Thames-Coromandel mayor
102563 2019-02-20 09:39:08Z Planet

Climate change declaration 'politically charged' –…

by Kate Gudsell

A push to get local authorities to sign up to a declaration on climate change is "politically charged and driven", the Thames-Coromandel mayor says.

Read more
What's inside Metro's March/April 2019 issue?
102558 2019-02-20 09:24:47Z Auckland Issues

What's inside Metro's March/April 2019 issue?

by Metro

Top 50 wines, rappers Church & AP, fast-talking poet Selina Tusitala Marsh and what to see at Auckland Arts Festival.

Read more
China could be using Taiwan as a testing ground for disinformation campaigns
102550 2019-02-20 00:00:00Z World

China could be using Taiwan as a testing ground fo…

by Gavin Ellis

A Taiwanese diplomat’s death in Japan has become a symbol of the consequences and dangers of disinformation.

Read more
The best way to beat food cravings? Fill up on the objects of your desire
102087 2019-02-20 00:00:00Z Nutrition

The best way to beat food cravings? Fill up on the…

by Jennifer Bowden

Research has shown that dieters’ attempts to resist eating certain foods appear to lead to cravings for those foods.

Read more
Deepfake: How disinformation fools our brains and damages democracy
102545 2019-02-20 00:00:00Z Tech

Deepfake: How disinformation fools our brains and…

by Gavin Ellis

Message manipulation using bots, algorithms and, now, AI software is making it harder to know what’s real – and threatening democracy itself.

Read more
Move to introduce digital tax for foreign companies profiting online
102519 2019-02-19 09:23:12Z Economy

Move to introduce digital tax for foreign companie…

by RNZ

New Zealand is lining up to introduce a new tax on multinational companies that make money out of online goods and services in this country.

Read more
National's high-risk gamble on marijuana and euthanasia
102484 2019-02-19 00:00:00Z Politics

National's high-risk gamble on marijuana and eutha…

by Graham Adams

Having polarising MPs like Paula Bennett and Maggie Barry leading the opposition to popular reforms could be kryptonite to the National Party.

Read more