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BooksJuly 5, 2019

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending July 5

Image: Pixabay.
Image: Pixabay.

The only published and available 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.


1  Moonlight Sonata by Eileen Merriman (Penguin Random House, $38)

Prolific, terrific writer of YA pivots to adult fiction with a story about secrets. 

2  Te Tiriti o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi by Toby Morris with Ross Calman, Mark Derby, and Piripi Walker (Lift Education, $20)

Football hooligan voice: Tooooby-y.

3  The New Zealand Wars: Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa by Vincent O’Malley (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

Every time I see this and Te Tiriti right up the top here I just want to hug -slash-high five every single one of you, you lovely Unity readers.

4  Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Sandstone, $27)

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize.

5  Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday, $38)

“A Literary Detective Returns to Find Trouble in the Country Club Set” – New York Times headline.

6  Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber, $23)

Sally Rooney Sally Rooney Sally Rooney.

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

<rolls eyes, sighs> Sally Rooney Sally Rooney Sally Rooney.

8  Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook from Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell by Eric Schmidt (Hachette, $38)

Companion reading: Uneasy Street – The Anxieties of Affluence, by Rachel Sherman.

9  Purakau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers edited by Witi Ihimaera and Whiti Hereaka (Penguin Random House, $38)

“Look at the book in your hands: the leaves opened, the spine cracked. The words on the pages are like a pulsing heart – you can see life here. You can feel it in your hands” – Introduction.

10 The Meaning of Trees by Robert Vennell (HarperCollins, $55)

Legit cool facts about our scrappiest flora – kelp, toetoe, mānuka – as well as their high-and-mighty mates.  


1  How to Escape From Prison by Paul Wood (HarperCollins, $38)

“Like me, Bull was serving a life sentence for murder… Bull showed me how to make an ice pick shank.”

2  Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday, $38)

3  Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi by Toby Morris with Ross Calman, Mark Derby, and Piripi Walker (Lift Education, $20)

Again for good measure: Tooooobby-y

4  An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (One World, $26)

Throughout, you get the sense Jones is deploying only a portion of her genius. And it’s still knock-you-over good.

5  Marilyn Waring: The Political Years by Marilyn Waring (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

“It was awful, of course… It’s taken me about as long to write it as it did to live it” – the author, interviewed in the Listener.

6  The New Zealand Wars: Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa by Vincent O’Malley (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

7  Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth (Random House, $28)

Or, Won’t Somebody Think of the Planet Economics

8  The Spy & the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre (Viking, $28)

Espionage enthusiasts, keep an eye out for Roger Faligot’s Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao to Xi Jinping, out in a week or so.

9  Two or More Islands by Diana Bridge (Otago University Press, $28)

The poet’s first published collection in 10 years “achieves a level of rare impressiveness”, says Vincent O’Sullivan. 

10 Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy by Serhii Plokhy (Penguin, $28)

You do you, radiation enthusiasts.

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
Aotearoa continues to adapt to a new reality and The Spinoff is right there, sorting fact from fiction to bring you the latest updates and biggest stories. Help us continue this coverage, and so much more, by supporting The Spinoff Members.Madeleine Chapman, EditorJoin Members

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