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NZ Post Book Awards 2014 – finalists

July 24, 2014

Unsurpisingly, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, which won the last Man Booker Prize, has made the fiction finalist list.  Surely she must be the odds on favourite?  What do you think?

The finalists for the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014, by category, are:

  • The Bright Side of my Condition, by Charlotte Randall, Penguin Books
  • The Last Days of the National Costume, by Anne Kennedy, Allen & Unwin
  • The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton, Victoria University Press
  • Max Gate, by Damien Wilkins, Victoria University Press
  • Gathering Evidence, by Caoilinn Hughes, Victoria University Press
  • Heartland, by Michele Leggott, Auckland University Press
  • Horse with Hat, by Marty Smith, Victoria University Press
  • Us, then, by Vincent O’Sullivan, Victoria University Press
Illustrated Non-fiction
  • Coast: A New Zealand journey, by Bruce Ansley & Jane Ussher, Random House NZ (Godwit)
  • Greer Twiss: Sculptor, by Greer Twiss, Dr Robin Woodward & Haru Sameshima, Ron Sang Publications
  • New Zealand and the First World War 1914-1919, by Damien Fenton, Penguin Books in association with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Promoting Prosperity: The art of early New Zealand advertising, by Peter Alsop and Gary Stewart, Craig Potton Publishing
General Non-fiction
  • A History of Silence, by Lloyd Jones, Penguin Books
  • Peter McLeavey: The life and times of a New Zealand art dealer, by Jill Trevelyan, Te Papa Press
  • The Mighty Totara: The life and times of Norman Kirk, by David Grant, Random House NZ
  • Tragedy at Pike River Mine by Rebecca Macfie, Awa Press
Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice
  • Beyond the State: New Zealand state houses from modest to modern, by Bill McKay, Andrea Stevens & Simon Devitt, Penguin Books
  • Molesworth: Stories from New Zealand’s largest high-country station, by Harry Broad and Rob Suisted, Craig Potton Publishing
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand, by Paul Adamson, Random House NZ
  • The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton, Victoria University Press
There is more on the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 at

Winners announced on 27 August

The winner of the New Zealand Post Book of the Year will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Wellington’s Te Papa Museum on Wednesday, 27 August. Also announced will be the four category winners, People’s Choice winner and the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice award



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