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Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending April 22

The best-selling books at the world’s best two bookstores.


1 The New Zealand Project by Max Harris (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

Woah, number one in Auckland and Wellington! We really must approach the publisher and ask for an excerpt from this geek-lit best-seller.

2 Idaho by Emily Ruskovich (Chatto & Windus, $37)

We look forward to the forthcoming review by Kim Hill.

3 Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Ravioli & Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books)

Children’s book.

4 The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Oneworld Publications, $28)

He’s appearing at the AWF.

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

So’s he.

6 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury, $30)

Maggots formed on Ymir’s skin as he was killed by  Odin; Odin transformed the maggots into dwarves.

7 The Road to Ruins: The Global Elites’ Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis by James Rickards (Portfolio Penguin, $40)

They’re all out to fuck us over, etc.

8 Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage, $30)

It’s not that brief.

9 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (Macmillan, $35)

It’s not that subtle.

10  Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory by Deborah E. Lipstadt (Penguin, $30)

Email from a Herald reader to Steve Braunias, following his recent “secret diary” satire on White House press secretary Sean Spicer: “Spicer doesn’t think the Holocaust happened. You seem to believe it. That makes you the fool.” Subject line of email: “Holocaust is a load of shit invented by shitty jews.”



1 The New Zealand Project by Max Harris (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

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

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

“Without doubt the most incredible writing I’ve read all year. Brava”: Marlborough writer and farmer Sarah Leov, Twitter.

4 The Thirst by Jo Nesbo (Harvill Secker, $37)

A Harry Hole detective novel.

5 Lifting by Damien Wilkins (Victoria University Press, $30)

We look forward to the forthcoming review by Linda Burgess.

6 Breaking Ranks by James McNeish (HarperCollins, $35)

“The book takes three extraordinary New Zealanders and examines their brilliance and their downfall…elegant and precise, intimate and thoughtful”: Finlay Macdonald, the Spinoff Review of Books.

7 New Zealand’s Prime Ministers by Michael Bassett (David Ling, $50)

Cover of the year! Have you seen it? Amazing! The actual book, meh.

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

US Fiction.

9 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury, $30)

10 The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey (Victoria University Press, $30)

NZ fiction.

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