BooksMay 18, 2018

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending May 18


The week’s  best-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.


1 New Ships by Kate Duignan (Victoria University Press, $30)

New Zealand novel, praised to the skies this week on National Radio; the Spinoff Review of Books looks forward to the forthcoming review by Claire Mabey.

2 Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape, $35)

The first novel in seven years by the author of The English Patient.

3 Song for Rosaleen by Pip Desmond (Massey University Press, $30)

“I read about a hairdresser who had three customers pass away under the hairdryer; she took it as a compliment that they’d felt relaxed enough to do so.” Beautiful memoir of coping with a mother’s dementia.

4 Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins, $25)

Its sold nearly 450,000 copies in 30 countries, Reese Witherspoon has bought the film rights, and it won the book of the year this week at the British Book Awards.

5 Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat (Canongate, $55)

Or, as reviewer Linda Burgess often refers to it, Plump Salt Eater.

6 Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon (William Heinemann, $35)

Detective novel.

7 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson (Macmillan, $35)

The Spinoff Review of Books wishes to make a public appeal: is there anyone out there who’d like to write a thoughtful, critical, readable essay on this massively popular trash?

8 Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Hutchinson, $38)

A review by Kim Hill will appear next week at the Spinoff Review of Books.

9 All This by Chance by Vincent O’Sullivan (Victoria University Press, $35)

“This will be a classic of New Zealand literature”: The Listener.

10 Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester (HarperCollins, $37)

From the Rolls Royce to Seiko, and precisely engineered points inbetween.


1 Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape, $35)

The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy (Hamish Hamilton, $35)

“At the age of 50, the acclaimed writer was divorced and living in a new flat. In elliptical, allusive prose, she re-engages with the ideas of Simone de Beauvoir”: The Guardian.

The New Animals by Pip Adam (Victoria University Press, $30)

Judged winner of the best novel of the year at this week’s Ockham New Zealand national book awards.

Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester (William Collins, $37)

5 The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Anne Barrows (Allen & Unwin, $25)

The book of the movie.

6 Pamper Me to Hell and Back by Hera Lindsay Bird (Smith|Doorstop Books, $17)

A full, detailed report on the poet’s sold-out reading this week at the London Review Bookshop will appear next week at the Spinoff Review of Books.

7  The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson (Hutchinson, $38)

The strange and bewitching story of the theft of priceless bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History.

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

Thriller; trash.

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey (Macmillan, $38)

FBI confidential; trash.

10 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (Allen Lane, $40)

Instructions for living; trash.

The Spinoff Review of Books is proudly brought to you by Unity Books.

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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