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

The best-selling books at the two best bookstores before God.

The Friday Poem by Elizabeth Smither

New verse by New Plymouth writer Elizabeth Smither.

On the blind, mulish idiocy of reviewers and the genius of Pip Adam

An essay by Carl Shuker in response to the shoddy response of most reviewers to the new novel by Wellington writer Pip Adam. Why, he simmers, are so many New Zealand critics so lazy, so patronising, so cheerfully ignorant, and plain wrong?

Where are all the Māori print journalists?

All week the Spinoff Review of Books is examining and taking inspiration from A Moral Truth, an important new book about investigative journalism in New Zealand. Today: Former Mana editor Leonie Hayden, now of The Spinoff, considers the lack of Māori newspaper reporters.