Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award

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The Nielsen BookData News Zealand’ Choice award is an established acknowledgement of the books that booksellers throughout the country have most enjoyed reading, selling and promoting. It is unique in that it acknowledges the key role booksellers play in supporting New Zealand writing and publishing. Booksellers are asked to vote for the book they have most enjoyed reading, selling and promoting.

The award carries a prize of $NZ2,500 for the winning author. All booksellers who vote will enter a prize draw for a subscription to a Nielsen BookData bibliographic service.

2013 finalists

Big house, small house: new houses by New Zealand architects
John Walsh & Patrick Reynolds
Buller’s birds of New Zealand: the complete work of JG Keulemans
Geoff Norman
Moa: the life and death of New Zealand’s legendary bird
Quinn Berentson
Shelter from the storm: The story of New Zealand’s backcountry huts
Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoin


Cover: The ConductorThe conductor Joint winner
Sarah Quigley
New Zealand’s native trees: a comprehensive illustrated encyclopedia Joint winner
John Dawson and Rob Lucas
Te Araroa: a walking guide to New Zealand’s long trail
Geoff Chapple
The broken book
Fiona Farrell
The Parihaka woman
Witi Ihimaera


The free range cook Winner
Annabel Langbein
Classic: the revival of classic boating in New Zealand
Ivor Wilkins
Hand me down world
Lloyd Jones
Rebel with a cause
Ray Avery with Paul Little


Cover: The Wonky DonkeyWonky Donkey Winner
Craig Smith and Katz Cowley
As the earth turns silver
Alison Wong
Dick Frizzell – the painter
Dick Frizzell
Encircled lands: Te Urewera 1820-1921
Judith Binney
Go fish
Al Brown


Rita Angus: an artist’s life Winner
Jilly Trevelyan
The 10pm question
Kate de Goldi
Ladies, a plate
Alexa Johnston
Nga Tama Toa: the price of citizenship
Monty Soutar


Cover: The road to Castle HillThe road to Castle Hill. A high country love story Winner
Christine Fernyhough with Louise Callan
A nest of singing birds: one hundred years of the New Zealand School Journal
Gregory O’Brien
Bill Hammond: jingle jangle morning
Jennifer Hay
Edwin and Matilda: an unlikely love story
Laurence Fearnley
Mau Moko, the world of Maori tattoo
Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
New New Zealand houses
Patrick Reynolds and John Walsh
New Zealand’s wilderness heritage
Les Molloy and Craig Potton
Ribbons of grace
Maxine Alterio
Soundtrack: 118 great New Zealand albums
Grant Smithies


Cover: Tramping in New ZealandTramping in New Zealand: 40 of New Zealand’s best trips Winner
Shaun Barnett
Eagle’s complete trees and shrubs of New Zealand
Audrey Eagle
Mister Pip
Lloyd Jones
Silk riders
Gareth Morgan and Jo Morgan


He will be OK: growing gorgeous boys into good men Winner
Celia Lashlie
The captive wife
Fiona Kidman
Let me sing you gentle songs
Linda Olsson
The nature of things: poems from the New Zealand landscape
edited by James Brown, photographs by Craig Potton


Cover of TuTu Winner
Patricia Grace
At home: a century of New Zealand design
Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins
Book book
Fiona Farrell
Heart of coal
Jenny Pattrick


The Penguin history of New Zealand
Michael King


The whale rider
Witi Ihimaera


Curious questions
Max Cryer


Wrestling with the Angel: a life of Janet Frame
Michael King