Xmas: win a big box of the year’s best books

ReadingRoom literary editor Steve Braunias offers a Xmas giveaway of the best New Zealand books of 2019.

Merry Xmas! And: okay so here is your chance to win the 10 best New Zealand books published in 2019. As in the best novels, the best non-fiction, the best poetry, the best kids books and the best self-help junk.

You gots to be quick. The closing date for entry is today, Monday, at midnight; the winning entry will be chosen tomorrow, Tuesday, and the books posted either that day or the next.

As previously announced at ReadingRoom, the two best novels of 2019 were Auē by Becky Manawatu (Mākaro Press, $35), and The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox (Victoria University Press, $35); the two best non-fiction books of 2019 were Dead People I Have Known by Shayne Carter (Victoria University Press, $38), and Somebody’s Wife by Linda Burgess (Allen & Unwin, $37); and the two best kids books  of 2019 were Mophead by Selina Tusitala Marsh (Auckland University Press, $25), and The Adventures of Tupaia by Courtney Sina Meredith and Mat Tait (Allen & Unwin, $30).

As previously unannounced, but announced right now, the two best books of poetry were Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry edited by Paula Green (Massey University Press, $45), and ransack by essa may ranapiri (Victoria University Press, $25); and the best self-help junk of 2019 were The Invisible Load: A guide to overcoming stress by Dr Libby Weaver (Little Green Frog Publishing, $39.95), and Perform Under Pressure by Ceri Evans (HarperCollins, $39.99).

A box of all 10 books is ready and waiting for one person. One winner. One reader. To enter, simply throw an email my way to and say the thing or sorts of things you most liked about ReadingRoom, and what idea or ideas you might have for it to continue being the best and most exciting books section in New Zealand.

And, go. Good luck!

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