The only published and available independent book chart bestseller in New Zealand is the Top 10 List of Top Sellers recorded each week in Unity Books stores in High St, Auckland and Willis St, Wellington.
1 the quiet house By Paul Hewlett (Password Press, $25)
A beautiful hazy excerpt from Paul Hewlett’s new book of poetry: “In The Quiet House, the usually unnoticed little moments of family life become the cadence and mumbling of poetry. In search of a crunch, Paul Hewlett takes us into the world and back home again, through gardens and hotels, to Past, memory, love, and recovery.
“These carefully crafted poems resonate and resonate with everyday realities, eschewing corporate shorthand for unpolished and heartfelt shorthand.”
2 Little things like this By Claire Keegan (Grove Press, $25)
It was longlisted by this year’s Booker, and was rightly praised by NPR: “Time and eternity are the strands of the novel’s DNA. Pell’s timeless struggle in evoking the fragility of civil society before an oppressive regime. Ominous signs, like the killing of crows in December in search of what was dead, or diving into mischief for anything seemingly edible,” the ripening of fruits from a secluded garden, as well as Cinderella’s allegory of orphaned girls deprived of walking shoes and ill-treated. Through their “ugly sisters” (the nuns), he lends the novel a fictional character. At the same time, the specific cultural environment in Ireland in the 1980s heightens the potentially tragic consequences of Pell’s work.”
3 Yes, the Minister: An Insider’s Account of the John Key Years By Chris Finlayson (Allen & Unwin, $37)
Want to know what Jun Ki ate for breakfast? This book won’t tell you that, but it delves into the world of central New Zealand politics, and what John Key really was like as Prime Minister.
In turn, Toby Mannheimer is looking for Yes, the minister in a recent episode of The Spinoff’s lunch time gone pod.
4 Fragments of a Contested Past: Remembrance, Denial, and the History of New Zealand By Joanna Kidman, Vincent O’Malley, Liana MacDonald, Tom Rowe, and Kiziah Wallis (Bridget Williams Books, $15)
How do we choose to remember our difficult history? Five sharp minds investigated.
5 Elder: Becoming Mom’s Daughter By Noel McCarthy (Penguin, $35)
IT notes for 2022, here for breaks your heart.
6 best blood by Michael Bennett (Simon & Schuster, $35)
The new domestic crime movie. Detective Mairie is stubborn and single mother; And the first serial killer in New Zealand. Get your popcorn ready.
Liz of Goodreads says, “This book is really excellent. The story took hold of me immediately, so much so that I stayed up until the early hours to finish it, my eyes drawn dimly in the wake of main protagonist Hana and unable to look away until the last page was folded.”
Need more persuasion? Read Michael Bennett’s talk Spinoff’s article. This will do for you.
7 Dragons and Snakes: How the rest learned to fight the West By David Kilcullen (Author, $40)
A book on modern warfare and terrorism. The reviews alone are horrific:
David Kilcoln has once again succeeded in showing how our opponents adapt faster than we do to the experiences of the recent past. Timely advice to defense strategists on how to apply these lessons, and plan for the next conflict, not the last.”—Professor Sir David Omand
“Disturbingly wonderful. David Kilcoln, always a thoughtful observer of wars and the people waging them, picks up on changes in war that have already confused us—and threaten to drown us. It has correctly shown that we are mentally and physically unprepared for the new nature of conflict, and are likely to pay dearly for it.” — Stanley McChrystal, retired US Army general
8 Girls who invest: Your guide to financial independence through stocks and shares by Simran Kaur (Wiley, $31)
What happens to girls who invest? Nothing scandalous: they are advancing financially.
9 Four Thousand Weeks: When and How to Use It by Oliver Berkman (Budley Head, $38)
Use your time to learn how to invest, so that later you can use your time lounging by the pool sipping strawberry daiquiris.
10 Reasons for changing: deep histories of Tamaki Makurao Auckland By Lucy McIntosh (Bridget Williams Books, $60)
Best book on Auckland in Younes. (This is basically a summary of the grudge job of Anna Rohiti Connell reconsidering from earlier this year).
1 paper cage by Tom Paragwanath (text publishing, $37)
Winner of the 2021 Michael Jeffkins Prize – which awards a new publishing platform to the book Kiwi – is a thrilling novel set in Masterton.
Broad in its reach, and stunningly individual in its detail, Fiona Sussman says, “This thrilling literary film heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in storytelling in New Zealand.”
2 Yes, the Minister: An Insider’s Account of the John Key Years By Chris Finlayson (Allen & Unwin, $37)
3 Wellington Engineering: A Walking Guide By John Walsh and Patrick Reynolds (Massey University Press, $25)
Spring has sprung, and Wellington’s infantry is ready for it. Wellington Architecture was ranked 10th for weeksbut evidently the scent of flowers, or cut grass, or whatever smell in September reached the restless nostrils of Wellington.
4 Sunday Jump: The Rise and Fall of Counterculture in Aotearoa New Zealand By Nick Bollinger (Auckland University Press, $50)
A new account of Aotearoa in the sixties and seventies of the last century. From Publisher Propaganda: “Award winning writer and broadcaster Nick Bollinger tells the story of beards, bombs, feelings, torches, self-destruction and self-realization during a turbulent period in New Zealand’s history and culture.” Dig, you rebel.
5 New Zealand Foreign Service: A History Edited by Ian McGibbon (Massey University Press, $60)
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Foreign Service, and maybe more.
6 marriage picture By Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf $38)
Hamnet’s author is at it again, with more five-star historical fiction. This time, we are in Renaissance Florence, following the life of Duchess Lucrezia de’ Medici. The Tampa Bay Times says, “As usual, her prose is beautiful, her characters are meticulously drawn, and her story is exquisitely striking. Alfonso of Browning may have closed a curtain on his Duchess’ portrait to declare ownership of him, but O’Farrell rips that curtain away and gives her life.”
7 Waiver By Lisa Wimmer (Penguin Random House, $24)
A new novel based on true events: A teacher asks a group of older students to argue for The final solution to the Nazis. The students refuse. Conflict ensues.
8 Imagine decolonization By Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Rebecca Mercer, Mike Ross, Jenny Smeaton, and Amanda Thomas (Bridget Williams Books, $15)
Imagination never runs out.
9 Ross Taylor: black and white With Paul Thomas (Upstart Press, $50)
New notes from a cricket legend. Taste delicious: “Superstitions are cause and effect. You have such and such for breakfast, you get to run, and you keep eating such and such for breakfast. If you run, I will try to repeat almost everything next time. And vice versa: If you fail, I will do things differently. in the next time.
“I went through a phase where Victoria had to reserve my haircuts. I was arranging the hairdresser, I got a duck, and I made a connection. Once that seed is planted in your mind, it’s hard to get rid of. That particular myth escalated to the point where I had to pay the hairdresser in cash. Fortunately, I got over it. New socks became my go-to: Martin Gopetil was the first to notice that if I didn’t run, I’d wear brand new socks the next time I run.”
10 Stolen focus: why you can’t pay attention By Johann Hari (Bloomsbury, $35)
We’ve been distracted by this cool new article Written by Sharon Lam on the difficulty of writing a second and new novel reconsidering From Coco Solid’s How to Loiter in a Turf War novel (probably absent this week only because stock is out of stock).