A wonderful bubble. Indoors, happy and healthy. Photo: Istock.
A wonderful bubble. Indoors, happy and healthy. Photo: Istock.

BooksSeptember 16, 2016

The weekly Unity Books best-seller list: September 16

A wonderful bubble. Indoors, happy and healthy. Photo: Istock.
A wonderful bubble. Indoors, happy and healthy. Photo: Istock.

The best-seller chart at Unity Books for the week just ended: September 16


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


2 Nutshell (Jonathan Cape, $38) by Ian McEwan

Nutshell assumes its readers will be literate, thoughtful and cultured. You have to like that.” David Hill, New Zealand Herald.

3 Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved & Died in The 1940s (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, $40) by Anne Sebba

What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949?

4 Can You Tolerate This? (Victoria University Press, $30) by Ashleigh Young


5 The City of Mirrors (Orion, $38) by Justin Cronin

“What has been a revelation about The City of Mirrors, something that came as a surprise but looking back, felt like the only way to end the story, is that love is at the heart of the tale.” Karen Tay, sort of coherently, Stuff.

6 The Last Days of New Paris (Pan Macmillan, $35) by China Mieville

3.78 based on 454 ratings & 100 reviews on Goodreads.

7 Billy Bird (Vintage, $38) by Emma Neale

After a terrible accident, Billy turns into a bird: new fiction from the Dunedin writer.

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

The dreary book that won’t go away.

9 Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (HarperCollins, $35) by Sophie Hannah

An authorised sequel to Agatha Christie’s novels.

10 Complacent Nation (Bridget Williams Books, $15) by Gavin Ellis

Ben Thomas shows Mr Ellis the door.


1 Things That Matter: Stories of Life and Death from an Intensive Care Specialist (Allen & Unwin, $37) by Dr David Galler

The surprise New Zealand hit of the year.

2 Billy Bird (Vintage, $38) by Emma Neale
3 In Love with These Times: My Life with Flying Nun Records (HarperCollins, $37) by Roger Shepherd

This week we received an interesting story by a Michael Overton claiming that he coined the term “Dunedin Sound”.

4 Don’t Dream it’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (Freerange Press, $40) Edited by Emma Johnson, Giovanni Tiso, Sarah Illingworth and Barnaby Bennett


5 Polluted Inheritance: New Zealand’s Freshwater Crisis (Bridget Williams Books, $15) by Mike Joy

Publisher’s blurbology: “Evidence presented by ecologist Mike Joy demonstrates that intensive dairy farming has degraded our freshwater rivers, streams and lakes to an alarming degree.”

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

A history of New Zealand women.

7 Tender Machines (Otago University Press, $25) by Emma Neale

Two books by Emma Neale in the top 10!

8 Tupuna Awa: People and Politics of the Waikato River (Auckland University Press, $50) by Marama Muru-Lanning

People and politics of the Waikato River.

9 The Sympathizer (Corsair, $28) by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Nguyen’s novel is the only non-New Zealand book in the Auckland top 10!

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

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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