Auckland Libraries: Prize winning books

Prize winning books

From Pulitzer to the Man Booker, these books are worthy of their awards.

We need to talk about Kevin

Lionel Shriver

A high school shooting is the setting for this 2015 Women's prize for fiction winner. The question of who is to blame is grappled with through the eyes of the teen shooter's mother, in letters she writes to the boy's estranged father.

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Mr. Mercedes

Stephen King

A killer escapes after ploughing a stolen Mercedes car into a crowd, killing 8 people. A retired policeman is haunted by the crime. This Edgar winner for best 2015 mystery shows insight into the mind of an obsessed killer.

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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Gail Honeyman

Everything is fine and orderly for Eleanor until one random incident leads her to slowly peel away the layers of routine that have shielded her so well from a childhood trauma, to discover life can be more than fine. 2018 Costa Debut Novel winner.

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The paper menagerie and other stories

Ken Liu

This collection of short stories includes The paper menagerie, the 2012 Nebula Prize for Best Short Story winner, about a mixed-race boy, his heartbreaking relationship with his Chinese mother and the magical origami menagerie she made for him.

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The sense of an ending

Julian Barnes

This novella keeps us guessing right till the end. It covers a forty-year span, unravelling the secrets of university friends from the 1960s. Made into a movie in 2017, the 2011 Booker prize winner holds intrigue where the screen version does not.

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Albert Wendt

A collection of Pacific short stories navigating identity in contemporary everyday life. Albert Wendt deservedly won the praise of his peers from the Pacific, winning the inaugural USP Press International Writing Competition in 2011.

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The new animals

Pip Adam

In this winner of the New Zealand Book Awards 2018 Acorn Foundation Fiction prize for fiction, Pip Adams presents the sleek fast-moving world of local fashion as divided by generation and status.

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The remains of the day

Kazuo Ishiguro

From the winner of 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, also the 1989 Man Booker Prize winner, a sad love story told through the eyes of a long-serving butler. A reflection on the slowing influence of British aristocracy after the hardship of war.

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The boat people

Sharon Bala

Having survived harrowing experiences of the Sri Lankan civil war and prison camp a survivor and his son set out on a refugee boat to Canada where they experience indignity in the refugee system. The 2015 Percy Janes first novel winner.

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The English patient

Michael Ondaatje

Winner of the Man Booker prize in 1992 and nine Academy awards for the movie version in 1997. Forward to 2018, this adored story, set in Italy after WWII, was voted the best Booker Prize winner of the last 50 years.

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