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Hudson and Halls biography shortlisted for Ockham awards


Otago University Press is proud to have Hudson and Halls: The food of love by Joanne Drayton as a finalist for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, say OUP co-publishers Rachel Scott and Vanessa Manhire.

Hudson and Halls: The food of love is a riveting account of the legendary New Zealand TV chefs in 1970s and 1980s, a groundbreaking gay duo in a socially conservative era, by an internationally acclaimed author.

The book was launched in Auckland last year by chef, restaurateur and writer Peter Gordon.

Hudson and Halls is described as an ‘engaging, fast-paced and moving account’ and ‘a valuable and very welcome addition to New Zealand’s cultural history and gay history’ by Chris Brickell, award-winning author of Mates and Lovers: A history of gay New Zealand (Random House, 2008).

Joanne Drayton is author of New York Times bestseller The Search for Anne Perry (2014), which was a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards, the subject of a 60 Minutes documentary, and a cover story in the New Zealand Listener.

Her critically acclaimed Ngaio Marsh: Her life in crime (2008) was a Christmas pick in the UK’s Independent newspaper in 2009. Joanne has written three other groundbreaking biographies. In 2007 she was awarded a National Library Fellowship, and in 2017 she received a prestigious Logan Nonfiction Fellowship at the Carey Institute in Upstate New York. She lives in Auckland with her partner and three cats.

The winners of the 2019 Ockham Book Awards will be announced on 14 May at the Auckland Writers Festival.



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