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Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending July 5

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.

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