The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending 20 March

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending 20 March, plus a note on how best to clean books, by Siouxsie Wiles.

Classics 101: a complete novice reviews Kafka, Orwell, Homer et al

At 16, apropos of nothing, Elizabeth Engledow set herself a Herculean task: read all the classics. Six years in she wondered, would we like to publish a few reviews?

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending March 13

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

The Glove, a short story by Damien Wilkins

Damien Wilkins' novel Aspiring is out today; it sprang from this very Salinger-y short story, which we remembered reading in Annual and are delighted to publish again here.

‘An absolutely amazing day’: Unity Books Auckland named international bookstore of the year

A little bookshop on High Street just scooped a massive prize. We caught up with Jo McColl to celebrate.

Where space law begins: Naomi Arnold on the problem of Elon Musk

Elon Musk is flinging long, screamingly bright strings of satellites into space – into our sky – with the noble goal of revolutionising internet access. But what about we lose in the process?

Little things lost

A new essay by Linda Burgess.

Ethnography of a Ranfurly Man, a story about man and beer

"Darren only drank Ranfurly Draught. Only in the large 440ml cans, and only at room temperature."

The Saturday Poem: I Loan Jeanette Fitzsimons my Pen on the Plane by Murray Edmond

A recent, previously unpublished poem by Auckland poet Murray Edmond.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending March 6

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: Party Legend by Sam Duckor-Jones

A new poem by Wellington poet Sam Duckor-Jones.

Book review: A gentle scalding of surprise hit Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Sam Brooks reviews Japanese novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold – which Aucklanders, inexplicably, will not stop buying.

The Ockham finalists just got announced, and two very hot books are missing

Ladies and gentlemen we have a horse race. Books editor Catherine Woulfe offers up some odds.

An essay on love by that ‘bad, sexy girl’, Fiona Kidman

Today Dame Fiona Kidman publishes All the Way to Summer, a new collection of beloved stories. Here, in an essay especially for The Spinoff, she looks back on her life of love. 

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

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.