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BooksJuly 15, 2016

The weekly Unity Books best-seller list – July 15

There’s a difference between this diversity and really embracing diversity (Images: Getty Images)
There’s a difference between this diversity and really embracing diversity (Images: Getty Images)

A weekly feature at the Spinoff Review of Books: The best-selling books at the Wellington and Auckland stores of Unity Books.

THE BEST–SELLER CHART FOR THE WEEK JUST ENDED: July 15

UNITY WELLINGTON

1. Hera Lindsay Bird (Victoria University Press, $25) by Hera Lindsay Bird

Her, here.

2. Salt River Songs (Potton & Burton, $25) by Sam Hunt

He obviously only got there because of his looks.

3. How Did We Get into This Mess? (Verso, $39) by George Monbiot

Kind of needs updating, postBrexit, post-Boris, post-anarchy in the UK.

4. A Little Life (Picador, $25) by Hanya Yanagihara

Misery loves company.

5. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Profile, $28) by Mary Beard

Bill Ralston went there the other day.

6. A History of New Zealand Women (Bridget Williams Books, $70) by Barbara Brookes

Sexist.

7. Barkskins (Fourth Estate, $37) by Annie Proulx 

Elspeth Sandys loved it.

8. The Sympathizer (Piatkus, $28) by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Why haven’t we got this reviewed yet?

9. The Vegetarian: A Novel (Portobello Books, $23) by Han Kang

Wyoming Paul loved it.

 10. Maori Place Names: Their Meanings and Origins -4th Edition (Oratia Books, $30) by AW Reed

AW Reed!

UNITY AUCKLAND

1 The Sympathizer (Piatkus, $28) by Viet Than Nguyen

2 In Love with These Times: My Life WIth Flying Nun Records (HarperCollins, $37) by Roger Shepherd

Gary Steel liked it.

3 The Vegetarian (Portobello, $23) by Han Kang

4 The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (Bloomsbury, $28) by Peter Frankopan

Geopolitics.

5 The Romanovs: 1613-1918 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $50) by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Russopolitics.

6 The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (Canongate, $40) by Olivia Laing

Ashleigh Young may get around to filing her Spinoff review maybe this time next year.

7 Belgravia (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $38) by Julian Fellowes

A jolly good Fellowes.

8 This Must Be the Place (Tinder Press, $38) by Maggie O’Farrell

Her seventh novel.

9 A Little Life (Picador, $25) by Hanya Yanagihara

10 Tuesday Nights in 1980 (Hamish Hamilton, $38) by Molly Prentiss

“In one sentence, Ms. Prentiss captures a sense of intoxication and possibility that six seasons of voice-overs from Sarah Jessica Parker never could…Ms. Prentiss concludes her novel on a note that’s both ethereal and brutally realistic. She cauterizes wounds, but they’re still visible and bare. But for her characters—for this promising author—it’s enough.” —The New York Times.


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