The winners of the 2018 NZ (OKHAM) Book Awards have been announced in a ceremony in Wellington last night.
The big winner was Pip Adam for her book The New Animals which won the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize. The prize is $50,000. The New Animals is set within Auckland’s fashion scene and was described by the judges as a novel that holds a mirror up to contemporary culture in NZ society. It has a myriad of disjointed characters and it features “A transition late in the novel is both wholly unexpected and utterly satisfying.”
Elizabeth Smither won the poetry award for Night Horse.
The Illustrated Non-Fiction award went to Tuai: A Traveller in two worlds by Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins
Diana Witchel took out two awards for the memoir about her father’s life Driving to Treblinka: A long search for a lost father. She won both the Royal Society Te Aparangi Award for General Non-Fiction and the E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction.
Annaleese Jochems won the Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction for her book Baby
Author Marcus Thomas and photographer Neil Silverwood came away with the Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction for their spectacular book Caves: Exploring New Zealand's Subterranean Wilderness
Hannah Mettner won the Jess MacKay Best First Poetry Award for her book Fully Clothed and So Forgetful