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Moa book wins 2013 Science Book Prize

It may be long extinct, but the moa has been brought back to life on the pages of a new book by Quinn Berentson.

Moa: The Life and Death of New Zealand’s Legendary Bird won the Royal Society of New Zealand’s 2013 Science Book Prize, announced at an event at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

The book is Quinn’s first and tells the story of the flightless bird and the historical characters who worked to solve its mysteries. Moa was published by Nelson-based Craig Potton Publishing.

Quinn Berentson is a documentary film-maker and photographer who has produced work for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, among others.

Two other books were nominated for the prize: Helen Heath’s poetry collection Graft (Victoria University Press) and Science on Ice: Discovering the Secrets of Antarctica by Veronika Meduna (Auckland University Press.)

The Royal Society’s Science Book Prize was established in 2009 to promote and celebrate science writing in New Zealand.

Royal Society book prize announcement

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