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Nelson Author Shortlisted for 2017 NZ Heritage Book Awards

Nelson Author Shortlisted for 2017 NZ Heritage Book Awards

Mākaro Press media release 2 October 2017
Immediate release

Nelson author Alexandra Tidswell’s historical fiction novel, Lewisville, has been named as a finalist in the 2017 New Zealand Heritage Book Awards.

The annual awards are administered by the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors and will be announced at a ceremony in Christchurch on 18 October. The judge for the novel section is Dame Fiona Kidman, the winner of last year’s novel award. “I am thrilled and excited to be named as a finalist alongside writers I admire so much,” Tidswell said.

Lewisville debuted at number one on the NZ fiction list, has received very positive reviews and has been selling well in bookstores across New Zealand.

The action in Lewisville starts in the early 1800s in Warwickshire and London, then moves to Tasmania, Melbourne’s gold fields and colonial Wellington. The story of Martha Grimm’s ambition and its impact on her family is based on the author's own family history.

“Every family has its secrets, but this one took over a hundred years to unravel,” says Alexandra Tidswell. “I’m gratified that readers are responding so well to its themes of love, ambition and loss.”

Tidswell has been signed by English agents Coombs Moylett MacLean and is currently writing another novel. Published by Mākaro Press, Lewisville retails at $35 and is available at bookstores throughout New Zealand and online at


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