Books Archive

Some real men do wear black

This week Trevor McKewen wrote of his epiphany about Real Men Wear Black, the bestseller he wrote in 1992. It didn't sound like the book I read.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending June 28

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: 1:52 by Joanna Cho

New poetry by Auckland writer Joanna Cho.

Real Men Wear Black, revisited

Trevor McKewen’s 1992 book celebrated a stoic, machismo national character. Recently his daughter asked: would you want your grandsons to read that?

‘She knits her books of her bones and her blood.’ An appreciation of Marian Keyes

Novelist Marian Keyes is a stone-cold legend who deserves all the prizes. In lieu of that, here's a heartfelt piece by Scarlett Cayford, who grew up steeped in Keyes' stories and sensibilities. 

The uncomfortable history of religion in New Zealand cartooning

A new book about the depiction of religion in New Zealand editorial cartoons reveals some disturbing truths.

Working out how things tick: early NZ street photography by John Daley

Lo, another beautiful book from Te Papa Press! The New Photography traces the memories and modus operandi of eight New Zealand photographers who, in the 1960s and 70s, pushed our photography into the realm of art.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending June 21

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.

Friday Poem: ‘The bigger the burn the tougher you are’ by Hana Pera Aoake

New poetry by Lisbon-based writer Hana Pera Aoake.

After Eat, Pray, Love: a flamboyant new novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls is not a cautionary tale, but rather a celebration of what happens when women cease to be cautious.

Before the White House: Four stunning new images of Barack, Michelle & co

Today, longtime Time photographer Callie Shell releases a book of intimate images taken over more than a decade she spent photographing the Obamas.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending June 14

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: ‘Massacre’ by Tusiata Avia

A new poem by acclaimed poet and performer Tusiata Avia.

Black exodus and white supremacy: a rediscovered 1962 novel, reviewed

Tom Augustine on the mythic satire of William Melvin Kelley’s A Different Drummer, written nearly 60 years ago and still too relevant.

How do you juggle writing and the day job? Surprising answers from NZ writers

A fledgling writer asks five of the best how they are striking a balance between work – as in, for proper money – and writing. 

‘This year I’ll bank over $200k’: a NZ writer on actually making money

Last year prolific – and profitable – author Steff Green quit her day job to write full-time. She says it's time for the old school literati to drop the scorn and learn from those nailing self-publishing.

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

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.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending June 7

The only published and available best-selling 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: ‘Alien’ by Fardowsa Mohamed

New poetry by Auckland writer Fardowsa Mohamed.

Please, no more poos: the best children’s picture books of 2019

Let us rejoice in the line-up for best picture book at the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Mark Manson’s Everything is F*cked: a first-person review

Mark Manson has followed up his mega-selling The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck with another sweary self-helper. Mark Broatch tries to get into his head.

How men present, and who they really are: Greg McGee’s new novel, reviewed

Four decades after holding a mirror up to Kiwi masculinity with the sensational play Foreskin's Lament, Greg McGee is back with Necessary Secrets, a new novel that asks the same question: whaddarya?

After a long silence: A letter to a lost friend in Xinjiang

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, New Zealand Chinese writer Tze Ming Mok writes a beautiful, bitter letter to an old friend in Xinjiang, grappling with matters …

The Friday Poem: ‘All the way to Te Rerenga Wairua’ by Ana Iti

New poetry by Wellington poet and artist Ana Iti.