Books that explore issues of identity, domestic life, war, food, our natural world and our people are among the 40 works longlisted for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards announced today.
There are 13 first-time authors among the longlistees, a testament to the vibrancy of our country’s literature says New Zealand Book Awards trustee Jenna Todd.
“There is such vitality in this year’s longlist, demonstrated by a diverse group, and including young and first-time authors. Half of this year’s Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction longlistees are debut novelists, which is extraordinary. They sit alongside some of our greatest living writers,” she says.
“There’s a year’s worth of reading here for those seeking considered perspectives on our modern zeitgeist, for readers wanting to be wowed by the beauty of art and nature, or for those wanting to escape into imagined realities. With writing and publishing of this calibre, it’s no surprise that New Zealand’s book boom continues.”
– NZ Book Awards trustee Jenna Todd
You’ll find the full list of 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlisted titles here and you can download social media visuals to promote the books from the resources page of our website later this morning. The 2021 shortlist of 16 titles will be announced on Wednesday 3 March.