A quick but very hearty congratulations to all the winners at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards last night. I confess I haven't yet read Deutz medal winner Charlotte Grimshaw's Opportunity, although I have read a couple of the stories from it that I liked (and one I didn't, but so what?). My biggest and most biased congratulations to our friend Mary McCallum for picking up not only the award for Best First Book (fiction) - illustrious company on that one Mary if I may say so myself - but also the Readers' Choice award which is chosen by the voting public. What a great suprise that one was to her.
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