Avi Duckor-Jones, the son of New Zealand author Lloyd Jones and Temple Sinai mashpiah Jo Ellen Duckor-Jones, is following in his father’s literary footsteps by writing his first book, Swim.

Winner of the 2018 Viva La Novella Prize, Jacob is an open-water, distance swimmer, a free spirit who has spent years travelling the world, working odd jobs between ocean swims. But when he receives a letter from his sick and estranged mother, he must return to his native New Zealand.

It’s the first time ever that this Australian prize for short novels has been won by two New Zealanders, Avi Duckor-Jones and Anna Jackson. The two novellas are very different, Swim is a is a vital, vivid work on facing the past while being daunted by the future. The Bed-Making Competition is an intimate and witty look at the joys and strains of family life.

Avi Duckor-Jones is an Auckland based writer. Although trained as a lawyer, Avi gained his MA in creative writing from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters in 2013.

His travel writing has been published by BBC Travel, The NZ Listener and Lonely Planet. He also has an adventurous streak – he was the first winner of Survivor New Zealand and spent time teaching in Ghana.