Crowning his literary achievements over a number of years, his most recent work Mister Pip was awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best Book Award 2007, the Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry, and Readers' Choice 2007, and was on the final shortlist â€“ as well as bookies' favourite â€“ for the 2007 Man Booker Prize.
â€œLloyd has established himself on a global stage, bringing positive attention to all New Zealand writing.â€
These works were followed by a further series of award nominated or winning writings, including Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance (2002), shortlisted in the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Awards; Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer (2003), Honour Award, New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults; Paint Your Wife (2004), Commended Title of the 2005 Commonwealth Writersâ€™ Prize for South East Asia and South Pacific Region; and Everything You Need To Know About The World By Simon Eliot (2004), finalist in the non-fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Mr Jones has contributed more widely to New Zealand literature through his establishment of the Four Winds Press, a publishing house which aims to encourage and develop creative non-fiction, to revive the essay as a literary form, and to facilitate publication by New Zealand writers who work in the non-fiction/essay field.
His Honorary Doctorate in Literature will be conferred in 2008.