My idol, no matter what: Portia Woodman on her All Black dad and uncle

Fred and Kawhena both wore the black jersey 40-odd years ago, and now their achievements have been outdone by the next Woodman generation

The Unity children’s bestseller chart for the month of July

What’s the best way to get adults reading? Get them reading when they’re children – and there’s no better place to start than the Unity Children’s Bestseller Chart.

The Friday Poem: Ihumātao by Donna McLeod

A new poem by Motueka writer and performer Donna McLeod.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending August 2

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.

Books Archive

Review: everything you never knew about George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four

Londoner Dorian Lynskey usually writes about music for big mastheads like the Guardian and GQ. His latest project, The Ministry of Truth, is something completely different – and fascinating. 

‘I am leaving you’: Michelle Langstone writes her heart out to Haruki Murakami

Tired of his tropes and infatuations, Michelle Langstone writes about her waning love for the writings of Japanese author Haruki Murakami. 

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending July 26

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.

The Friday Poem: Samson by Primo Levi

A poem by Primo Levi (1919–1987), translated by New Zealanders Marco Sonzogni and Harry Thomas.

Review: Jeanette Winterson’s exhilarating feminist reboot of Frankenstein

Jean Sergent reviews Jeanette Winterson's latest novel, a reworking of Mary Shelley's classic – and of Shelley herself.

On Levin, and grandmothers: an essay by Ruby Porter

Ruby Porter writes about her grandmother – who is not like the grandmother in her book – and Levin, and how the two are at the centre of her writing. 

The Friday Poem: Channel Hopping by Geoff Cochrane

A poem by Miramar poet Geoff Cochrane.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending July 19

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.

Review: A book that redeems video games – and the people who play them

Sam Brooks, lifelong gamer, lost himself on a virtual battlefield in the days after his mother’s death. He reviews a book by a kindred spirit.

Moonlight Sonata, a New Zealand novel of siblings and secrets

Eileen Merriman has whipped out three fine novels for young adults since debuting in 2017. Moonlight Sonata is her first crack at writing for adults.

Meet the New Zealander who knows more about Kim Jong-un than almost anyone

Kiwi journalist Anna Fifield on her new book about North Korea, working in China, and reporting from Christchurch after March 15

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending July 12

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.