Architecture lecturer Bill McKay’s book on state houses has been selected as one of twelve finalists in this year’s NZ Post Book Awards.
The judges congratulated all the finalists on their achievements in making the shortlist. “We had to make our selections from a very strong field this year. Every author should be proud to be in such excellent company. From new authors to established prize-winning writers, all contributed to a stellar year in New Zealand writing.”
Bill McKay’s book Beyond the State: From Modest to Modern looks at the first Labour Government’s iconic state houses, as well as their Liberal Government and Railways Department precursors. Co-written with Andrea Stevens, the book’s second half looks at several case studies and examines how 1940s houses have been altered to accommodate contemporary lifestyles.
Beyond the State has also proved a best-seller, rising to fifth in the NZ non-fiction best sellers list earlier this year. Bill has been much in demand this year, with radio discussions and talks to community groups. The issues of housing shortages, social housing and affordable housing remain with us to this day, he says.