Posted by: Lisa Hill | January 28, 2022

2022 Ockham NZ Book Awards Longlist

The 2022 Ockham NZ Book Awards Longlist has been announced.

Alas, I haven’t read any of them, and I know only one of the authors.

This is the fiction list:

Non Fiction

  • After Dark: Walking into the Nights of Aotearoa by Annette Lees
  • Bloody Woman by Lana Lopesi
  • Come Back to Mona Vale: Life and Death in a Christchurch Mansion by Alexander McKinnon
  • Enough Horizon: The Life and Work of Blanche Baughan by Carol Markwell
  • From the Centre: A Writer’s Life by Patricia Grace (I’ll have to get this one, see my reviews of this writer’s novels to see why I’m interested in her life).
  • He Kupu Taurangi: Treaty Settlements and the Future of Aotearoa New Zealand by Christopher Finlayson and James Christmas
  • Helen Kelly: Her Life by Rebecca Macfie
  • The Alarmist: Fifty Years Measuring Climate Change by Dave Lowe
  • The Mirror Book by Charlotte Grimshaw
  • Voices from the New Zealand Wars | He Reo nō ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa by Vincent O’Malley

Visit the awards website for more.


  1. Hi Lisa, I have only read Unsheltered. I don’t usually like dystopian novels, but Unsheltered I did enjoy. And, like you, I would like to read the Patricia Grace’s, From The Centre.


    • Let’s hope some Aussie booksellers step up because postage from NZ is a bit of a deterrent. Fishpond used not to charge postage from NZ but they have started doing it for some items (but not others) and I can’t work out why.


  2. Oh, I didn’t know about the Charlotte Grimshaw book. I’ve looked it up and intrigued. I had minor dealings with her sister who worked for A&U in the UK.


    • There’s some interesting commentary at Goodreads. Apparently she is … a-hem… rather frank about her family, especially her mother, and I have to say that I find that a bit distasteful. Unless of course the parent is a monster, in which case, gloves off, but if it’s just the ordinary sort of conflicts that many families have, I don’t think it’s fair on a living parent.


      • Hmmm… yes… that sounds like an ethical / moral minefield.

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