The Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending May 5

The best-selling books at the two best bookstores in the Western world.


1 The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road by Steve Braunias (Luncheon Sausage Books, $25)

Book of the year, obv! The editor of the Spinoff Review of Books eats a street and ponders matters of life and death.

2 The New Zealand Project by Max Harris (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

He was number one until The Man Who Ate Lincoln Rd stole his lunch.

3 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (Macmillan, $35)


4 South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion (Fourth Estate, $23)

Opening sentence: “In New Orleans in June the air is heavy with sex and death, not violent death but death by decay, over-ripeness, rotting, death by drowning, suffocation, fever of unknown etiology.”

5 Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books, $40)

Smash hit book for girls.

6 Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $38)

Classic tagline for 1990s horror movie, Dr Giggles: “The doctor is out…of his mind!”

7 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fleet, $25)

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

8 The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between by Hisham Matar (Penguin, $28)

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction,

9 The Sympathizer by Viet Nguyen (Corsair, $28)

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

10 The North Water by Ian McGuire (Scribner, $23)

“Imagine if Jack London had given up describing more wholesome Arctic adventures, and written a nasty story filled with brutal violence, rampant drug use, bloody deaths and the rape and murder of at least two young boys”: PK Stowers, New Zealand Herald.



1 The New Zealand Project by Max Harris (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

2 Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books, $40)

3 Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young (Victoria University Press, $30)

Great essayists in New Zealand literature: Holcroft, Pearson, Stead, Edmond, Wells, Walker, Cox, the editor of the Spinoff Review of Books, Young.

4 The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Oneworld, $28)

He’s coming to the AWF.

5 How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature by George Monbiot (Verso, $22)

Question and answers.

6 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis by J D Vance (HarperCollins, $35)

“Hillbilly Elegy offers a unique and valuable insight into Trump’s America, and Vance’s timing couldn’t have been better”: Josh Htherington, the Spinoff Review of Books.

7 Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney (Hachette, $38)

“A gripping story of drugs and descent into Cork’s criminal underworld “: The Guardian.

8 Thirst #11: Harry Hole by Jo Nesbo (Harville Secker, $37)

Crime fiction in which a killer is on the loose in Oslo, targeting Tinder users, and swiping them out.

9 Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage, $30)

Popular non-fiction.

10 Lifting by Damien Wilkins (Victoria University Press, $30)

“Genius”: Linda Burgess, the Spinoff Review of Books.

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