Ockham Book Awards finalists: described in five words or less!

The Ockham Book Awards celebrate New Zealand's finest literary fiction and non-fiction each year, over three categories. To celebrate the announcement of the shortlist nominations, we asked our staff to describe each nominee in five words or less.

Acorn Foundation
Fiction Prize Nominees

Intriguing, strange, tense, and fun!

Historical novel with vivid and intense details.

Compelling, thought-provoking and moving.

Intense and disturbing tale about Millennials

Illustrated Non-Fiction Award Nominees

Worlds collide, travel and encounters

Essays exploring Walters' "New Vision"

Tōtara in Aotearoa including Southland

Nature and wildlife in Otago

Royal Society Te Apārangi
General Non-Fiction Award Nominees

Evolving relationship between Māori and Pākehā

Life of a journalist and cartoonist

Early Encounters between Māori and Europeans

Obsessive search for wartime dad

Poetry Award Nominees

Stimulating, thoughtful, pleasurable and distinctive

Transformative poetry about the natural world

Poetry that paints a picture

Engaging poetry with great imagery

If you are interested in reading one of these books, be sure to place a hold on them online, or pop in and grab one. For more information on the books and awards visit the Ockham Awards webpage.