Bestseller books

ListsMay 20, 2016

Introducing the weekly Unity Books best-seller list

Bestseller books

A new weekly feature at the Spinoff Review of Books: the best-selling books at the Auckland and Wellington stores of Unity Books.



1. A Little Life ($35) by Hanya Yanagihara

The best book of 2015; love and a great many characters in a big, harrowing novel.

2. The Lonely City ($40) by Olivia Laing

The best book of 2016? Laing asks in her semi-memoir about isolation in modern urban life, “What does it feel like to be lonely?” Her answer: “It feels like being hungry.”

3. Coming Rain ($37) by Stephen Daisley

Surprise winner of the Ockham NZ Novel of the Year Award.

4. Chronicles: On Our Troubled Times ($37) by Thomas Piketty

Essays on financial reform.

5. When Breath Becomes Air ($37) by Paul Kalanithi

Memoir by a doctor as he lay dying.

6. The Course of Love ($37) by Alain de Botton

De Botton! What an egghead, and what an unreadable novel.

7. The Little Red Chairs ($33) by Edna O’Brien

The first novel in a decade by the Irish master.

8. The Romanovs: 1613-1918 ($50) by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The history of three centuries of cruelty and slaughter.

9. The Green Road ($26) Anne Enright.

Virtuoso writing by the 2007 Booker winner.

10. The Invisible Mile (Victoria University Press, $30) by David Coventry

Wellington writer’s novel about a bike race in 1928.



1. In the Supplementary Garden (Cold Hub Press, $40) by Diana Bridge

NZ poetry at number one on the bestseller list!!!!

2. The Type ($27) by Sarah Kay

Spoken-word poetry at number two on the bestseller list!!!!

3. My Brilliant Friend ($30) by Elena Ferrante

The first in the great Neapolitian chronicles.

4. Chronicles: On Our Troubled Times ($37) by Thomas Piketty

5. Walking to Pencarrow (Cold Hub Press, $40) by Michael Jackson

NZ poetry at number five on the bestseller list!!!!

6. Silencing Science (Bridget Williams Books, $15) by Shaun Hendy

Slim book of essays on the social and moral responsibilities of scientists.

7. Coming Rain ($37) by Stephen Daisley

8. The Green Road ($26) by Anne Enright

9. A Little Life ($35) by Hanya Yanagihara

10. Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story (Bridget Williams Books, $40) by Helene Wong

Worthy little memoir.

The Spinoff Review of Books is proudly brought to you by Unity Books, recently named 2020 International Book Store of the Year, London Book Fair, and Creative New Zealand. Visit Unity Books Wellington or Unity Books Auckland online stores today. 

Mad Chapman, Editor
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