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Otago historian wins coveted book award

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:52am

Professor Barbara Brookes

Leading Otago history researcher Professor Barbara Brookes was last night named as a winner of a major literary honour in recognition of the excellence of her book on New Zealand women’s history.

Professor Brookes’ work, A History of New Zealand Women, won a 2017 Ockham book award in the illustrated non-fiction category.

The judges described the work as a sweeping survey that puts women at the centre of our history, and which shows exactly when, how and why gender mattered.

“It combines deep research, an immensely readable narrative, superbly well-integrated images and it is distinguished by close attention to both Māori and Pākeha women. General changes in each period are combined effortlessly with the particular, local stories of individual women, many not well-known. A wider sense of women’s experiences is beautifully conveyed by the many well-captioned artworks, photographs, texts and objects.”

Professor Brookes has been featured in the University of Otago Magazine