Staff in the Wellington store, calmly scaling a mountain of orders.
Staff in the Wellington store, calmly scaling a mountain of orders.

BooksJuly 3, 2020

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending July 3

Staff in the Wellington store, calmly scaling a mountain of orders.
Staff in the Wellington store, calmly scaling a mountain of orders.

The world-famous best-selling indie 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.

AUCKLAND

1 Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman (Bloomsbury, $34)

This is the one that kicks off with the essay about the Tongan boys, which prompted this response.

2 Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo (Penguin Classics, $24)

Booker co-winner.

3 Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Little, Brown Book, $25)

Topped the New York Times bestseller list for about a million weeks.

4 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage, $30)

A big week for humankind and history.

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

Pre-normal people.

6 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35)

7 Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (Harper Collins, $25)

8 The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Hachette, $35)

9 Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Picador, $20)

10 Sing Backwards and Weep by Mark Lenegan (Hachette, $38)

To be read in a gravelly voice.

WELLINGTON

1 Observations of a Rural Nurse by Sarah McIntyre (Massey University Press, $55)

The photographs look stunning.

2 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35)

Still going strong, and rightly so.

3 Jerningham by Christina Sanders (Cuba Press, $37)

A story of colonial Wellington and one Edward Jerningham Wakefield, described in Te Ara as “adventurer, writer, politician”.

4 Not in Narrow Seas: The Economic History of NZ by Brian Easton (Victoria University Press, $60)

5 Nothing to See by Pip Adam (Victoria University Press, $30)

6 Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (Fourth estate, $25)

7 Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell (Penguin. $26)

8 Imagining Decolonisation by Elkington, Jackson, Kiddle, Mercier, Ross & Smeaton (Bridget Williams Books, $15)

9 Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (LittleBrown, $25)

10 Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (LittleBrown, $25)

The Spinoff Review of Books is proudly brought to you by Unity Books, recently named 2020 International Book Store of the Year, London Book Fair, and Creative New Zealand. Visit Unity Books Wellington or Unity Books Auckland online stores today. 

Mad Chapman, Editor
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