Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 1, 2011

2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards shortlists

Thanks to Liz West at Penguin NZ, here are the shortlists for the 2011 NZ Post Awards:


  • The Hut Builder by Laurence Fearnley (Penguin Group NZ)  
  • The Night Book by Charlotte Grimshaw (Vintage, Random House NZ)
  • Their Faces Were Shining by Tim Wilson (Victoria University Press)


  • The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls by Kate Camp (Victoria University Press)
  • The Radio Room by Cilla McQueen (Otago University Press)
  • Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English – Whetu Moana II by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan (Auckland University Press)


  • 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry by Paula Green and Harry Ricketts (Vintage, Random House NZ)
  • Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of NZ Popular Music 1918-1964 by Chris Bourke (Auckland University Press)
  • Mune: An Autobiography by Ian Mune (Craig Potton Publishing)
  • No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson by Paul Millar (Auckland University Press)
  • The Tasman: Biography of an Ocean by Neville Peat (Penguin Group NZ)


  • Brian Brake: Lens on the World by Athol McCredie (Te Papa Press)
  • Pounamu by Russell Beck, Maika Mason and Andris Apse (Viking, Penguin Group NZ)
  • Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton by Nigel Watson and Jane Ussher (Murdoch Books)
  • The Dress Circle by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Claire Regnault and Lucy Hammonds (Godwit, Random House NZ)
  • The Passing World: The Passage of Life: John Hovell and the Art of Kowhaiwhai by Dr. Damian Skinner (Rim Books)

The Hut BuilderThe only one I have of all of these is Laurence Fearnley’s The Hut Builder and I shall certainly move it up the TBR now!

Fishpond (see link in RHS sidebar menu) is usually the best source for New Zealand books unless they have an international profile.

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