Books Archive

The Friday Poem: Dig deep! by Joanna Cho

A new poem by Wellington writer Joanna Cho.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 29

Top-selling books for the last week of this extraordinary autumn.

Harry Potter for political nerds: The Mirror & the Light, reviewed

The acclaimed Thomas Cromwell trilogy winds up with a blinder.

The Friday Poem: Matapouri by Hayden Hyams

A new poem by Auckland poet Hayden Hyams.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 22

What you bought at Unity Books in this past, almost-normal week.

A sincere appreciation of The Hunger Games

On the release of a new Hunger Games novel, we look back and marvel.

The Friday Poem: A poem from ‘Reproaches’ by Steven Toussaint

A new poem by Ockham finalist Steven Toussaint.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 15

The books you were buying in the final endless week of level three.

Two reviews of One Minute Crying Time, a memoir by Barbara Ewing

Two takes on a much-anticipated book by the New Zealand-based actress, playwright and writer Barbara Ewing.

The rise and triumphant rise of Mākaro Press

Publisher Mary McCallum with the origin story of the little press that beat the rest.

The morning after at Becky Manawatu’s whare

The immense happiness of the morning after.

Please welcome to the stage: Shayne Carter

A short extract from Shayne Carter's memoir Dead People I Have Known, which just won the General Non-Fiction category at the New Zealand Book Awards.

Introducing the Ockhams-ready Spinoff book awards bingo card!

Play along at home during the virtual awards ceremony tonight.

The ghost of love will have her way: a poet responds to Auē

A review of Becky Manawatu's acclaimed debut novel.

The Friday Poem: How to die by Helen Rickerby

A poem by Ockham finalist Helen Rickerby.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 8

The first post-lockdown bestseller lists from Unity Books.

David Hill reviews Ian Wedde’s new novel, The Reed Warbler

An independent, sensuous life unfolds in hundreds of brightly-lit scenes.

The cruelty – and small kindnesses – of quarantine 100 years ago

Remembering New Zealand's leprosy colony and the men confined there.

Did the Covid-19 crisis bork your attention span? Here’s why

We ask a clinical psychologist why our attention spans are so completely shot to pieces – and how to fix it.

Papercuts quarantine pod #2: The hysteria sets in

Welcome back to Papercuts, our monthly books podcast hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass.

In search of Erewhon: Notes from a Southern Alps adventure

Two musicians head for the hills in search of peace, snowmelt swims and Samuel Butler's fictional utopia, Erewhon.

The Friday Poem: Flocks by Rebecca Nash

A new poem by Lyttelton poet Rebecca Nash.

The Unity chart for the strange week ending May 1: Abstinence and craving

The sixth and hopefully the last of our lockdown top 10s. This week, the theme is all about what we're missing or holding ourselves back from.

‘It brought tears to our eyes’: A warm-fuzzy update from Unity Books

A brief and illuminating update on how level three is treating Unity Books.