Books Archive

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending September 7

The week's biggest-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

Book of the Week: Steve Braunias on Led Zep egg Jimmy Page

It's Zep-tember! Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reviews a new rock biog of Led Zeppelin's unappealing genius, Jimmy Page.

Lies, damned lies, and Book Council data: a strange new survey on NZ’s reading habits

The dear old Book Council has released its annual survey of New Zealand reading habits, and claims that on average we read 35 books a year. 35! Danyl Mclauchlan asks what the devil is going on.

The world’s biggest-selling author walks into a bar with New Zealand’s most-loved author

Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reports from the Christchurch WORD literary festival.

The Monday Extract: how to get the refugee quota increased

Murdoch Stevens details how to use and get around the Zuckerberg Empire in his attempts to spread public awareness about increasing the quota of refugees into New Zealand.

The Friday Poem: ‘Some notes for critics’ by Tusiata Avia

New verse by Auckland writer Tusiata Avia, who will appear at the Christchurch WORD Festival this weekend.

Unity Books best-seller chart for week ending August 31

The week's best-selling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland (which is opening a new children's bookstore right next door, this weekend, with prizes and balloons and saveloys; get along, take the kids!) and Willis St, Wellington.

Book of the Week: ‘Who’s the new bitch?’

Steve Braunias reviews a memoir by his all-time favourite hatchet journalist.

Love me till the end of time in Ellerslie: a report from the NZ Romance Writers conference

'We rule the book-reading world': Catherine Robertson reports from the Romance Writers of New Zealand annual conference.

Papercuts: Live from the Booksellers Boardroom

Louisa and Jenna come to you from the NZ Booksellers Conference at the Rydges Hotel in Auckland.

The Monday Extract: Being Lizzie Marvelly

"I’m 27, and winning national media awards," writes Lizzie Marvelly, in this edited extract from The F Word. "I’m 28, and writing a book."

Unity Books bestseller chart for week ending August 24

The week's bestselling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Welllington, and High St, Auckland.

The Friday Poem: ‘Constructive Criticism’ by Michael Hall

It's Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day! All week this week we've presented new verse on the delicate subject of fucking; today, we present a poem of much greater significance and importance, by Michael Hall of Dunedin.

The Thursday Poem: ‘breather’ by Tracey Slaughter

All week this week we present new verse, to celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday. Today's poet: Tracey Slaughter of Thames.

The Wednesday Poem: ‘The further you look’ by Sam Hunt

All week this week we present new verse, to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday. Today's poet: Sam Hunt of Kaipara.

The Tuesday Poem: ‘Assimilation’ by Tayi Tibble

All week this week we present new verse, to celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday. Today's poet: Tayi Tibble of Kelburn.

The Monday Poem: ‘if I were a queen, I would start wars out of sexual frustration’ by Paula Harris

All week this week we present new verse, to celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday. Today's poet: Paula Harris of Palmerston North.

Bob Harvey on Warwick Roger, Metro’s first editor and giant of NZ journalism

The brilliant, barnstorming editor of Metro, Warwick Roger, has died aged 72.

The Friday Poem: ‘Beside Loch Iffrin’ by Robin Robertson

New verse by Scottish poet Robin Robertson, who will appear at the Christchurch WORD literary festival and at LitCrawl in Wellington.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending August 17

The week's bestselling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.

Why is fish-sex so hot right now? (Because apparently it is)

Mermaid expert Megan Dunn reviews horny fish-fucking novel, The Pisces, which she celebrates as "funny, profane, nasty, disturbing and taboo-breaking".

G&Ts in London with Kirsty Gunn and Max Porter: a literary odyssey

Our man in London, Neil Young, meets Kiwi expat author Kirsty Gunn for a drink and a chat about her acclaimed new novel - and then wanders off for more drinks with Max Porter.

The Monday Excerpt: February 22, 2011. Christchurch

In this powerful extract from her new book, Chessie Henry interviews her father – a Kaikōura doctor who was caught up in the terrible drama of the Christchurch earthquakes.

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending August 10

The week's biggest selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and Hight St, Auckland.