Detail: cover of Vincent O'Malley's The New Zealand Wars

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending June 21

The only published and available best-selling indie book chart in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded every week at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.


1. The New Zealand Wars: Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa by Vincent O’Malley (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

Faith in humanity = a little bit restored by this week’s top two.

2. Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi by Toby Morris (Lift Education, $20)

Our Toby!

3. Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Sandstone, $27)

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize.

4. Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis (or Don’t) by Jared Diamond (Penguin, $40)

Cool but what about the looming death of all of civilisation?

5. The Overstory by Richard Powers (Vintage, $26)

Trees, mankind’s connection to and destruction of.

6. This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (Picador, $23)

Subtitle: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor.

7. The Meaning of Trees by Robert Vennell (HarperCollins, $55)

Definitely read this if you want to be That Guy on your next tramp. (As in, That Awesome Guy With All The Fascinating Tree Facts!!)

8. Dead People I Have Known by Shayne Carter (Victoria University Press, $40)

“I realised that the way to write was to write pretty much the way I talk – kind of terse with some swearing” – the author, interviewed by Kim Hill.

9. The Great Successor by Anna Fifield (Hachette, $38)

Trees, NZ history and foreign intrigue: this is what Unity readers are made of.

10. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson (HarperCollins, $37)

When you’re Neal Stephenson you can call a book whatever you want.


1. Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi by Toby Morris, Ross Calman & Mark Derby (Lift Education, $20)

2. Making History: A New Zealand Story by Jock Phillips (Auckland University Press, $45)

“In this memoir, Phillips turns his deep historical skills on himself. How did the son of Anglophile parents, educated among the sons of Canterbury sheep farmers at Christ’s College, work out that the history of this country might have real value?” – AUP

3. Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday, $38)

“Atkinson tells a great story, toys with expectations, deceives by omission, blows smoke and also writes like she’s your favorite friend” – the New York Times

4. The New Zealand Wars: Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa by Vincent O’Malley (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

5. Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers edited by Witi Ihimaera & Whiti Hereaka (Random House, $38)

There’s a section on Ogresses!

6. Shirley Smith: An Examined Life by Sarah Gaitanos (Victoria University Press, $40)

“Shirley was a rebel. Her father often said she ‘kicked against the pricks’.” – introduction.

7. Upheaval: How Nations Cope With Crisis (Or Don’t) by Jared Diamond (Allen Lane, $40)

8. Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber, $23)

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9. Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy by Serhii Plokhy (Penguin, $28)

“The devastation is softened only by the dark and delicious irony of Plokhy’s prose: “The orders to evacuate the village came as a complete surprise to the parish priest, Father Leonid, who believed not only in God but also in the power of Soviet science. ‘We now have powerful science, so they’ll fix all the problems,’ he told his wife soon after the explosion. Father Leonid’s belief in the power of science came crashing down on May 2, which happened to be Good Friday.”” – the Moscow Times

10. Finding Frances Hodgkins by Mary Kisler (Massey University Press, $45)

The author shares her Hodgkins stories as part of a series of lectures at Auckland Art Gallery/ Toi o Tāmaki, starting July 3.

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