Thandie Newton in Columbia Pictures' "2012." The action film will be released November 13, 2009.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 10

The only published and available best-selling 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  Unreliable People by Rosetta Allan (Penguin Random House, $38)

First novel: murders in Ōtāhuhu. Slight segue to second novel: the purge of Korean immigrants from Soviet Russia on the path to World War II.

2  Home Fire: A Novel by Kamil Shamsie (Bloomsbury, UK $22)


3  Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Penguin Random House, $37)

Mean-spirited, perhaps, but we’re a teensy bit glad he’s been knocked off his perch.

4  Wordy by Simon Schama (Simon & Schuster, $40)

Essay topics include, but are by no means limited to: Paul Beatty, Mid-Term Trump, Rhubarb, and War and Peace.

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

House arrest. Fancy hotel. Thirty years. Please.

6  The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson (MacMillan, $35)

His next one is called Everything is F*cked and it’s about optimism.

7  A Mistake by Carl Shuker (Victoria University Press, $30)

Continues to carve it up.

8  Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat (Canongate UK, $55)

Also, watch the Netflix series: it’s a cockle-warmer.

9  Becoming by Michelle Obama (Viking Penguin, $55)

Imagine Melania’s version.

10 Identity Crisis by Ben Elton (Penguin Berkley, $37)

Wait wait wait. No Sally Rooney, Auckland?


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

Apparently it is revolutionary to take the planet into account in economics? 

2  The Braided River: Migration and the Personal Essay by Diane Comer (Otago University Press, $35)

“I want to believe New Zealand is a safe, compassionate and inclusive country, and so did the 37 migrants who live in Christchurch and wrote about their migration experience”: the author, via

3  From Strategy to Action: A Guide to Getting Shit Done in the Public Sector by Alicia McKay (Alicia McKay, $35)

Oh, Wellington.

4  Billion Dollar Bonfire by Chris Lee (Bateman, $40)

On Allan Hubbard and South Canterbury Finance.

5  Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, $37)

6  A Mistake by Carl Shuker (Victoria University Press, $30)

7  Living with Earthquakes and their Aftermath by Rosie Belton (Renaissance Publishers, $35)

Oh, Wellington.

8  Normal People Sally Rooney (Faber, $38)

There she is!

9  Finding Frances Hodgkins by Mary Kisler (Massey University Press, $45)

“It is an enchanting if slightly obsessive travel story, journeying with friends and colleagues across England, Wales, France, Spain, Italy and Morocco”: the Listener

10 Upheaval: How Nations Cope With Crises (Or Don’t) by Jared Diamond (Allen Lane, $40)

“Shot through with reflections on the fragility of democracy”: the Guardian


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