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The weekly Unity Books best-seller list: September 16

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

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