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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tupaia a winner

Historian and novelist, Joan Druett won the General Non-Fiction Category Award for her work, Tupaia: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator.

"Tupaia's richly detailed drawings and paintings are a precious legacy and are stunningly reproduced in a book which will intrigue and inspire. Everything about Tupaia reflects Druett's careful research and passion for her subject.

"This is a wonderful book."


The full list of 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards winners is as follows:

New Zealand Post Book of the Year winner:

New Zealand's Native Trees by John Dawson & Rob Lucas (Craig Potton Publishing)

Fiction Award winner:

Rangatira by Paula Morris (Penguin Group, NZ)

Poetry Award winner:

Shift by Rhian Gallagher (Auckland University Press)

General Non-Fiction Award winner:

Tupaia: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator by Joan Druett (Random House NZ)

Illustrated Non-Fiction Award winner:

New Zealand's Native Trees by John Dawson & Rob Lucas (Craig Potton Publishing)

Maori Language Award winner:

Tuku Reo, Tuku Ohooho : My Language, My Inspiration by Chris Winitana (Huia Publishers)

People's Choice Award winner:

From Under the Overcoat by Sue Orr (Vintage, Random House NZ)

6 comments:

Judith said...

Congratulations! Well deserved.

Mark Hubbard said...

I was following book awards on Twitter last night, and was chuffed to see your win, Joan. Well done.

Vanda Symon said...

Fantastic! Congratulations, Joan!

Shayne Parkinson said...

Hurrah, Joan! I was delighted to see this in the "Herald" this morning. Huge congratulations to you.

Martin & Janet said...

Well done Joan! Are you going to get Ron his own Kindle now?

Joan Druett said...

Thank you! Thank you! It was a hugely reassuring experience. Getting to know Tupaia was a challenge, with no written records from the man himself, but the sheer force of character of this astonishing man made up for that to quite a large extent. And that he won the award made it very fulfilling indeed.