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BooksNovember 17, 2017

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending November 17


The best-selling books at the two best bookstores in the Southern Hemisphere.


1 Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir by Tom Scott (Allen & Unwin, $45)

Much is anecdotage, a life well-told, by the great cartoonist who reminds readers that he has also excelled as a playwright, film-maker, and TV script writer.

2 Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece by Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph, $37)

The latest sweepings from the factory floor of Fry Inc.

3 La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (David Fickling Books, $35)

We look forward to the forthcoming review by Scarlet Crayford.

The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit (Granta, $28)

Solnit, interviewed in 2013: “Every woman, every day, when she leaves her house, starts to think about safety: ‘Can I go here? Should I go out there? Do I need to take the main street? Do I need to be in by a certain hour? Do I need to find a taxi? Is the taxi driver going to rape me?’ You know, women are so hemmed in by fear of men, it profoundly limits our lives. And of course it’s not all men, but it’s enough that it impacts all women.”

The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young (Faber & Faber, $23)


6 Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books, $40)

Penguin Random House are publishing a New Zealand version in April next year.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (Picador USA, $35)

Hot novel about an adolescent sexual awakening set in the Italian Riviera.

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Canongate, $23)

This is that novel written in a single motherfucking sentence.

Midnight Line by Lee Child (Bantam, $38)

We look forward to the forthcoming review by Danyl McLauchlan.

10 Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur (Andrews & McMeel, $30)



1 La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Trilogy by Philip Pullman (David Fickling Books, $35)

2 Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir by Tom Scott (Allen & Unwin, $45)

3 Nikau Café Cookbook by Kelda Hains & Paul Schrader (Nikau Café, $60)


4 No. 8 Re-charged by David Downs & Michelle Dickinson (Random House, $45)

Ra-ra PR compendium of new New Zealand innovations.

5 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury, $33)

Winner of the 2017 Man Booker prize for fiction.

6 Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story by Gavin Bishop (Penguin Books, $40)

Charmingly illustrated kids book.

7 Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece by Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph, $37)

8 Make Her Praises Heard Afar: The Hidden History of New Zealand Women in World War One by Jane Tolerton (Booklovers Press, $60)

The hidden history of New Zealand women in World War One.

9 Journal of Urgent Writing Volume 2 edited by Simon Wilson (Massey University Press, $40)

New essays, including the blockbuster by Morgan Godfrey which appeared at the Spinoff Review of Books last Sunday, and Wilson’s own essay, which The Spinoff has also published.

10 Winter by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton, $34)

The sequel to Autumn (2016), and the second novel in Smith’s planned quartet.

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