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BooksApril 6, 2018

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending April 6

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The week’s best-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington and High St, Auckland.


1 Terry’s Dumb Dot Story: Treehouse Tale by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton (Pan Macmillan, $2)

Yes, really: $2!

2 Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins, $25)

Yes, really: she’s completely fine!

3 Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father by Diana Wichtel (Awa Press, $45)

“I think I get by as a journalist by never imagining anyone actually reading what I’ve written, because it has a certain paralysing effect….This book is a much more personal piece and it involves family history and all those sorts of things. So it feels quite exposing”: the author of this celebrated family memoir, interviewed in the Listener.

4 Way With Words: A Memoir of Writing and Publishing in New Zealand by Chis MacLean (Potton Burton, $50)

A memoir of writing and publishing.

5 Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women by Barbara Else (Puffin, $45)

Illustrated biographies for girls, of New Zealand women such as Dame Whina Cooper, Janet Frame, Kate Sheppard, Margaret Mahy, Lydia Ko, Lorde, Rita Angus, Te Puea Herangi and others.

6 Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat (Canongate, $55)


7 Year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino (Hachette, $35)

The author is on a promotional tour of New Zealand this week. Pellegrino will appear at Effeto Broma in Havelock North on Sunday, April 8 at 3pm; at Palmerston North central library the following day at 6:30pm; Unity Books in Wellington on Tuesday, at 6pm; and at Paper Plus in Masterton on Wednesday at 6:30pm.

8 Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (Hogarth Shaespeare, $37)

Shakespeare’s tragedy retold as a thriller set in a Scottish town in the 1970s.

9 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B Peterson (Allen Lane, $40)

So we Googled other famous people called Jordan and found someone called Jordan Banjo.

10 Enlightenment Now: A Manifesto for Science, Reason, Humanism, & Progress by Steven Pinker (Allen Lane, $40)

“The big reveal at the end of the book is of the single thinker whose ideas capture, and perhaps even cause, everything that is wrong with today’s world: Friedrich Nietzsche”: The Guardian.


1 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (Allen Lane, $40)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Windmill Books, $26)

Trash fiction.

3 Poetry Magazine edited by Stephanie Burt, Paul Millar, and Chris Price (Poetry Foundation, $16)

Founded in Chicago in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world; this year, it published a special New Zealand edition, and it’s become the book of verse to buy in 2018.

4 Dear Oliver by Peter Wells (Massey University Press, $40)

Family memoir. In breaking news, Wells is a finalist in the 2018 Voyager Media Awards in the best personal essay category for his Spinoff series, “Hello Darkness”.

5 The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton (Hamish Hamilton, $45)

Australian fiction.

The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken by The Secret Barrister (Macmillan, $38) 

“The author, writing under a pseudonym, is a junior barrister practising criminal law in England and Wales. He or she is also a blogger who in 2016 and 2017 was named Independent Blogger of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. As of March 2018 the author had a following on Twitter of nearly 88,000″: Wikipedia.

7 Wonder by RJ Palacio (Corgi Books, $23)

Classic novel for kids from 2012, reissued.

Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat (Canongate, $55)

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

The superstar author took to Twitter in December to say how much he liked the Herald review by Matt Heath.

10 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Arrow Books, $26)

The sci-fi book of the new Spielberg movie.

The Spinoff Review of Books is proudly brought to you by Unity Books.

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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