This year’s Ngaio Marsh finalists revealed


The suspense continues! The 2023 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalists for Best Non-fiction, Best First Novel, and Best Novel have been announced.

Best Non-fiction finalists

The Devil You Know: Encounters in forensic psychiatry by Gwen Adshead & Eileen Horne (Simon & Schuster)

The Fix: The story of one of New Zealand’s biggest swindles by Scott Bainbridge (David Bateman)

Missing Persons by Steve Braunias (HarperCollins)

Downfall: The destruction of Charles Mackay by Paul Diamond (Massey University)

A New Dawn by Emeli Sione (Mila’s Books)

Best First Novel finalists

Paper Cage by Tom Baragwanath (Text Publishing)

Better the Blood by Michael Bennett (Simon & Schuster)

Surveillance by Riley Chance (CP Books)

The Slow Roll by Simon Lendrum (Upstart)

One Heart One Spade by Alistair Luke

Too Far From Antibes by Bede Scott (PRH SEA)

Best Novel finalists

Better the Blood by Michael Bennett (Simon & Schuster)

The Slow Roll by Simon Lendrum (Upstart)

Remember Me by Charity Norman (Allen & Unwin)

Blood Matters by Renée (The Cuba Press)

Exit .45 by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin)

The Doctor’s Wife (Fiona Sussman, Bateman)

Blue Hotel (by Chad Taylor (Brio).

The winners in each category will be announced at WORD Christchurch.