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BooksMay 3, 2019

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 3

Photo by Jorge Fern·ndez/LightRocket via Getty Images
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The only published and available best-selling book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.


Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Penguin Random House, $37)

“What is the conversation like between the two humans when one of them has had sex with an artificial human? Is it a betrayal or not? That’s my starting point, really…”: the author, interviewed in the Listener.

Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber, $33)

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson (Macmillan, $35)

The next installment lands in a couple of weeks. Or as the author’s website puts it: “Buckle up, bitches. Uncle Mark is taking you for another ride.”

The Only Story by Julian Barnes (Penguin Random House, $24)

“If English life, as Lawrence Durrell was fond of saying, is by and large a ‘long, slow toothache,’ then Julian Barnes is now perhaps its principal dentist”: the New York Times.

Home Fire: A Novel by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury, $22)

Read this 18 months ago and still think about it, often.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber, $23)

Anyone want to write us an essay on how the actual fuck Sally Rooney still has two books in the top 10 every week?

Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Penguin Random House, $26)

An aristocrat spends 30 years under house arrest in Russia’s luxurious Metropol Hotel.

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton (Penguin Random House, $26)

“In The Shepherd’s Hut, people don’t get lost in the bush. They seek asylum in the bush because they are lost already”: the Sydney Morning Herald.

Ordinary People by Diana Evans (Penguin Random House, $26)

Pedestrian People. Average People. Stock-standard People. Quotidian People.

10 The Recipe by Josh Emett (Upstart Press, $50)

“That weekend, with friends coming over, he found he didn’t have a single recipe for prawn cocktail, despite owning a wall of recipe books”: the origin story, per North & South.



1  Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, $37)

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells (Allen Lane, $35)

Best/worst bit: hundreds of thousands of a very cute species of antelope all suddenly dropping dead, as detailed by the Spinoff here.          

3  The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris (Orion, $35)

“Sure to delight fans of Chocolat“: the Guardian. 

4  Sea People: The Quest to Understand Who Settled the Islands of the Remote Pacific by Christina Thompson (HarperCollins, $35)

“…and how they managed to find all those tiny islands scattered like stars in the emptiness of space”: prologue.

5  Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Allen Lane, $30)

“Any meaning that people inscribe to their lives is just a delusion.”

6  Educated by Tara Westover (Windmill Books, $28)

“I think I’m going to give up all other books and only read Julian Barnes”: the author, on Twitter.

7  Normal People Sally Rooney (Faber, $38)

8  Identity Crisis by Ben Elton (Bantam, $37)

The protagonist has a very pleasing name: Detective Mick Matlock.

9  Secret Barrister by Anonymous (Pan, $25)

Cracks and crevasses of the British legal system.

10 Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Faber, $23)

We’re serious about the essay. Pitch

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