BooksJune 23, 2017

The Unity Books best-selling chart for the week ending June 23


The best-selling books at the two best bookstores known to God.



1 The Whole Intimate Mess: Motherhood, Politics & Women’s Writing by Holly Walker (Bridget Williams Texts, $15)

“There is nothing normal about crawling up the hallway, screaming and hitting yourself in the head, in front of your baby…”: Revealing and intense memoir by the former Green Party MP (read an excerpt here).

2 Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton, $38)

The long-awaited return of the superstar author of The God of Small Things.

3 No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein (Allen Lane, $35)

“Trump is a mirror, held up not only to the United States but to the world,” writes Klein; she advises ways to smash that motherfucking mirror.

4 The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road by Steve Braunias (Luncheon Sausage Books, $25)

The author wishes to thank the hordes who bought a lot of copies of his book about food, shops, death and West Auckland life on his nationwide tour this week.

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

By the recently feted and awarded writer who not so long ago thought she had reached the apogee of her writing career when she was named a runner-up in the 2016 The Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency in Association with The Spinoff Award.

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

Every home with a girl in it should have a copy: it’s amazing.

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

“It doesn’t wear its research lightly. The text feels over-stuffed with history and symbolism…Its elevated tone echoes with its own importance”: Jane Westaway, The Spinoff Review of Books.

8 Fair Borders by David Hall (Bridget Williams Texts, $15)

Ten academics discuss New Zealand’s immigration policies.

9 Heloise by Mandy Hager (Penguin, $38)

One of New Zealand’s best YA novelists switches to historical fiction – it’s about Eloise and Abelard – and word of mouth has spread fast that it’s really good.

10 Totara: A Natural & Cultural History by Philip Simpson (Auckland University Press, $75)

Everything you ever wanted to know about totara in one supremely handsome book.



1 No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein (Allen Lane, $35)

2 Serious Sweet by AL Kennedy (Vintage, $26)

By an English novelist named in Granta as one of the best new writers under 40.

3 Iceland by Dominic Hoey (Steele Roberts, $35)

The author, writing at the Spinoff Review of Books: “It’s a story about drugs and sex and the drudgery of unemployment, a story about what happens when one day you wake up and you find yourself living in a memory, a story about the past and an empty future, a love story about the place I grew up in.”

4 Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Little Brown, $25)

Richard Ford, who by the way is from the American South, once responded to a bad review by going up to the reviewer and spitting in his face; the reviewer was Whitehead, who by the way is black.

5 Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L Friedman (Penguin, $40) 


6 Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti (Faber, $40)

We really ought to find a good reviewer – preferably female – for this popular and acclaimed music bio. Any volunteers?

7 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance (William Collins, $35)

Naomi Klein’s new book provides an antidote to Trump; Vance’s book provides an intimate analysis of the times and American conditions that led to Trump.

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

“The central event is this: Wade, his wife Jenny and their two young daughters drove out one autumn day to collect wood. Everything was fine, and then it wasn’t: one of the children died that day”: from a rave review by Kim Hill, in the Spinoff Review of Books.

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


10 Can You Tolerate This? by Asheigh Young (Victoria University Press, $30)

The Spinoff Review of Books is 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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