Quinn Berentson has won $2500 for resurrecting the moa – in his award-winning book, Moa: The life and death of New Zealand’s legendary bird. It is among three winners of the New Zealand Society of Authors’ Best First Book Awards, and was described by chief judge John Campbell as “a really great historical biography, in which almost everyone (including the bird itself) is varying degrees of mad”.
What started really slow ended without any surprises. We all know The X Factor is not about finding an artist who is incredibly talented and appreciated by its peers.
The one thought I cannot purge, the one that keeps coming back and getting between me and my bliss, is this: What a waste of time.
The Committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize likes springing surprises. When Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai won in 2004, the Committee explicitly linked peace with concerns about the state of our planet’s ecology, a concept that was familiar in environmental circles but which was rarely discussed elsewhere.