Steve Braunias

ANZL Member

One of the most popular writers in New Zealand, Steve Braunias is also an in-demand public speaker. He has long practised the art of creative non-fiction and brings a quick wit from page to stage, where he is confident as either a panellist, chair, or featured speaker.

As a journalist and author, Steve has won over 40 national writing awards including best columnist, arts writer (three times), travel writer (three times), sports writer (twice), crime writer, and food writer. His other awards include Best First Book of Non-fiction (2002), Best Book of Non-fiction (2013), and most recently the Australasian College of Anaesthesia Media Award (2016).

He has also won fellowships to both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and was a recipient of the Buddle Finlay Frank Sargeson Fellowship. He has often appeared at literary festivals throughout New Zealand, as well as London and Melbourne.

His book The Scene of the Crime (HarperCollins, 2015) was described as ‘probably the best book of crime writing yet published in New Zealand’. His previous books include a savage political campaign diary Madmen: Inside the Weirdest Election Campaign Ever (Luncheon Sausage Books, 2014), and an often harrowing examination of small-town New Zealand life Civilisation: 20 Places on the Edge of the World (Awa Press, 2012). In 2016, his work included a long Q + A with London writer Andrew O’Hagan, a quest to eat at every single one of the 55 fast food joints on one street in Auckland, and a satirical diary of Prime Minister John Key which featured Key unscrewing his head and letting it float up and around the ceiling. Steve’s latest book Missing Persons (HarperCollins, 2021) is a collection of twelve extraordinary tales of disappearance, stories about how some New Zealanders go missing the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Steve is a staff writer for the NZ Herald and also serves as literary editor for the New Zealand current affairs website Newsroom.




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New releases by Steve Braunias

Missing Persons (true crime)

Published by HarperCollins Publishers on March 3, 2021

Bibliography: Steve Braunias


Creative Nonfiction

Missing Persons (HarperCollins, 2021)

The man who ate Lincoln Road (Luncheon Sausage Books, 2017)

The Shops (Luncheon Sausage Books, 2016) Finalist in the 2017 New Zealand photobook awards

The Scene of the Crime (Harper Collins, 2015) Finalist in the 2016 Ngaio Marsh crime writing book awards

Madmen: Inside the weirdest election campaign ever (Luncheon Sausage Books, 2014)

Civilisation: Twenty places on the Edge of the World(Awa Press, 2012) Winner of the best book of non-fiction at the 2013 New Zealand Post national book awards

Smoking in Antarctica (Awa Press, 2010)

Roosters I Have Known (Awa Press, 2009)

Fish of the Week (Awa Press, 2008)

How to Watch a Bird (Awa Press, 2007)

Fool’s Paradise (Random House, 2001) Winner of the 2002 New Zealand Society of Authors’ E. H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards


Editor (Anthology)

The Friday Poem (Luncheon Sausage Books, 2018)

'There’s a kind of heaven that comes from hearing another writer interpret the mysteries of process' - Tracey Slaughter

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