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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.

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