Downfall shortlisted in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards


We are thrilled to announce that Paul Diamond’s Downfall: The destruction of Charles Mackay has been shortlisted in the non-fiction category of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. You can view the full shortlist here.

Judges said of Downfall:

‘This beautifully produced and generous book is a fascinating account of an extraordinary moment in small-town colonial New Zealand with its vivid line-up of characters, a revenge plot, blackmail and local Pākehā political intrigue. Alongside gripping, skilled and elegant popular historical storytelling, readers will find well-researched and closely observed insights into aspects of our national character, and our struggles with social decency.’

Congratulations to Paul and all those shortlisted!​