The Big Smoke wins W H Oliver Prize

The Big Smoke wins W H Oliver Prize

Ben Schrader was awarded the 2017 W H Oliver prize this week, for The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920!

The judges said, when the book was shortlisted, ‘Ben Schrader’s The Big Smoke is a very important book that makes a major contribution to our social, cultural and environmental history. This handsome book contains some really valuable insights and much of the content is strikingly original, such as the sections on city crowds, street life, and on Māori in the city – human examples that really bring the city to life. A significant book in which Schrader does the subject due justice.’