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The return of the Unity Books bestseller chart

The only best-selling books chart published and available in New Zealand is the weekly top 10 chart recorded at Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland and Willis St, Wellington.

AUCKLAND UNITY

1 The Fast 800 by Dr Michael Mosley (Simon & Schuster, $35)

We look forward to AUT diet researcher George Henderson’s review next week at The Spinoff Review of Books of Mosley’s latest weight-loss instruction manual.

2 Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber, $23)

Rooney! It’s a legal requirement to read both her novels this summer.

3 The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson (MacMillan, $35)

Thanks to Manson’s wildly popular instruction manual, no one gives a flying fuck about anything anymore. Rejoice!

4 Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber, $33)

Rooney!

5 The Spy & the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre (Viking, $40)

Supposedly the greatest espionage story of the Cold War.

6 Becoming by Michelle Obama (Penguin Random House, $55)

“Would Michelle have ever worn a jacket with I DON’T CARE, DO YOU? emblazoned on the back? God no. She’d never be that stupid, or that callous. She’s the sort of woman that other women like. Love”: Linda Burgess, The Spinoff Review of Books.

7 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage, $38)

Wildly popular second-rate thinking.

8 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage, $30)

More wildly popular second-rate thinking.

9 Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press, $65)

“It’s a damn fine buy, and all the more so if it’s your first time with Ottolenghi, if you’re coming to him as virginal as a bottle of local olive oil. The internet could well mean the end of the cookery book as we know it: this book could one day be a collector’s item”: Linda Burgess, The Spinoff Review of Books.

10 Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber & Faber, $33)

Winner of the 2018 Man Booker prize for fiction.

WELLINGTON UNITY

1 Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber, $33)

2 Becoming by Michelle Obama (Viking, $55)

3 Ottolenghi: Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press, $60)

4 Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber, $33)

5 Less by Andrew Sean Greer (LittleBrown, $25)

Greer, speaking about his wildly popular novel in an interview this week with The Times of India: “I never think of Less as the travails of being a writer, or of a gay man. I think of it as the foolishness of being American. Of being arrogant and wrong all the time.”

6 The Fast 800 by Dr Michael Mosley (Simon & Schuster, $35)

7 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage, $30)

8 The Spy & the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre (Viking, $40)

9 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (Jonathan Cape, $38)

10 Dare to Lead: Bold Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brene Brown (Vermillion, $38)

“I am,” says Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston who spent seven years researching her best-selling study of what makes a great business leader, “unapologetically ambitious.”


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