Christchurch journalist Rebecca Macfie’s account of the Pike River coal mine disaster is among the finalists in the New Zealand Post Book Awards.
Tragedy at Pike River Mine has been a bestseller since its publication late last year. Other finalists in the general non-fiction section include biographies of Labour Prime Minister Norman Kirk and Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey.
A history of early New Zealand advertising, Promoting Prosperity, is a finalist in the illustrated non-fiction section.
Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize winner The Luminaries leads the four finalists in the fiction category.
The finalists for the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014, by category, are:
- A History of Silence by Lloyd Jones, Penguin Books
- Peter McLeavey: The life and times of a New Zealand art dealer by Jill Trevelyan, Te Papa Press
- The Mighty Totara: The life and times of Norman Kirk by David Grant, Random House NZ
- Tragedy at Pike River Mine by Rebecca Macfie, Awa Press
- Coast: A New Zealand journey by Bruce Ansley & Jane Ussher, Random House NZ (Godwit)
- Greer Twiss: Sculptor by Greer Twiss, Dr Robin Woodward & Haru Sameshima, Ron Sang Publications
- New Zealand and the First World War 1914-1919 by Damien Fenton, Penguin Books in association with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage
- Promoting Prosperity: The art of early New Zealand advertising by Peter Alsop and Gary Stewart, Craig Potton Publishing
- The Bright Side of my Condition by Charlotte Randall, Penguin Books
- The Last Days of the National Costume by Anne Kennedy, Allen & Unwin
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Victoria University Press
- Max Gate by Damien Wilkins, Victoria University Press
- Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes, Victoria University Press
- Heartland by Michele Leggott, Auckland University Press
- Horse with Hat by Marty Smith, Victoria University Press
- Us, then by Vincent O’Sullivan, Victoria University Press
The winners and the Book of the Year will be named at a function at Te Papa, Wellington, on August 27.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- Winston's choice: Jacinda Ardern poised to become prime minister
- Kiwi drops near five-month low as NZ First backs Labour-led coalition
- Nats baulking over Winston Peters' demand for more ministers
- Kraft Heinz buys ANZ Cerebos assets for $A290 million
- Two CAs appointed chairwoman and director of NZ CA
Most listened to
- Rob Hosking on Winston's choice
- IDC's Chayse Gorton on Kiwis' online vs offline shopping preference - and how it's out of step with the rest of the world
- NZSA chief executive Michael Midgley on how he will vote undirected Fletcher proxies
- Restaurant Brands' Grant Ellis discusses progress at the fast food group
- Rob Hosking says politicians need to understand the effect their promises will have on what the Reserve Bank has to do
- AMP Capital investment manager Jonathan Armstrong discusses why an expansion is right for Tauranga's Bayfair shopping centre
- NBR Radio: The best interviews, with Grant Walker — updated daily