Books Archive

The 10 best New Zealand children’s books of 2019

Arriving in bookstores now, New Zealand Nature Heroes is optimistic and surprising and all kinds of wonderful.

Elizabeth Knox on the best books she’s ever been given

Elizabeth Knox writes about the books that stuck in her own psyche – the books she was given as a child. 

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending December 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. 

Shush: Libraries are saving New Zealand book culture, not dismantling it

Yesterday, we published an essay by novelist Lloyd Jones lamenting the change in New Zealand's book culture. Today, Alie Benge responds with a passionate defence of the modern NZ library.

Lloyd Jones: Bit by bit, New Zealand book culture is being dismantled

The reading and writing ecosystem in NZ is broken – and I blame myself and other writers of my generation who have not fought for its patch, writes Lloyd Jones. I …

Review: A Madness of Sunshine made me really, really mad

Books editor Catherine Woulfe on the much-anticipated first thriller by New Zealander and New York Times bestseller, Nalini Singh. 

Review: Emily Writes laughs and weeps her way through How To Be A Family

Dan Kois's family memoir is a true delight, and reading him write about NZ is a real trip, says Emily Writes.

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

Sitting astride the charts are the Northern Lights boy and the northern bright girl.

In the footsteps of Captain Corelli: A pilgrimage for the book that transfixed 15-year-old me

Lily Richards takes an epic trip to the setting of Captain Corelli's Mandolin – the book that saved her from herself. 

The Friday Poem: Six Feet For a Single, Eight Feet For a Double by Ruby Solly

A new poem by Kai Tahu writer and musician Ruby Solly.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 29

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 Thursday Poem: Erebus Voices by Bill Manhire

On the 40th anniversary of the Erebus disaster, a poem by Bill Manhire.

Body horror: a stunning essay born of ‘unthinkable’ pain

A stand out essay about agony and release by Tracey Slaughter, from the new Landfall compilation Strong Words.

An interview with the legend who covered white supremacist posters in poetry

'I could’ve drawn a big penis on it, you know, but that’s really unoriginal.'

‘Queer lives are not just one big scar’ – welcoming the sci-fi revolution

Sascha Stronach's new book The Dawnhounds, shortlisted for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Award, is about queer folk who refuse to "die pretty".

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 22

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.

Look out, here she comes: A review of the luminous, tender Olive, Again

Marion McLeod revels in the return of Olive Kitteridge, the compassionate curmudgeon who won Elizabeth Strout a Pulitzer Prize. 

On Rose Lu and her gorgeous, groundbreaking book of essays

Shilo Kino, a Māori writer who wove her own ties with China, rejoices at the release of Rose Lu’s debut, All Who Live on Islands. 

Welcome to the jungle: The Burning River, reviewed

Books editor Catherine Woulfe follows Wellington author Lawrence Patchett into his extraordinary story of heat and water and history repeating. 

We welcome Behrouz Boochani – and we can learn from him, too

Green MP and refugee Golriz Ghahraman was there last night when the former Manus Island detainee and acclaimed writer arrived in New Zealand.

The Friday Poem: TURDUCKEN by Freya Daly Sadgrove

A new poem by writer and performer Freya Daly Sadgrove.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 15

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.