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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.”

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Elizabeth Smither won the poetry award for Night Horse.

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The Illustrated Non-Fiction award went to Tuai: A Traveller in two worlds by Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins

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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.

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Annaleese Jochems won the Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction for her book Baby

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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

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Hannah Mettner won the Jess MacKay Best First Poetry Award for her book Fully Clothed and So Forgetful

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Visit the OKHAM NZ Book Awards for more information about the awards