Over 10,000 copies of the short but mighty book Imagining Decolonisation have now been sold, the book’s publisher BWB Texts has announced.
The $15 book features essays on colonisation in Aotearoa and its ongoing impacts by Moana Jackson, Bianca Elkington, Rebecca Kiddle, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton and Amanda Thomas.
In a review published on The Spinoff earlier this year, Anahera Gildea wrote that Imagining Decolonisation is “not a decolonisation handbook, it’s an invitation to understand, to self-educate, to investigate our complicity, our resistance, our privilege; and to interrogate the structures of power that maintain the status quo. It is a book aimed at even the most skittish reader of decolonisation discourse.”
Published in March 2020, Imagining Decolonisation became a word-of-mouth hit. It was the biggest selling book of 2021 at Unity Books Wellington and is such a fixture on The Spinoff’s weekly Unity bestsellers list that finding new ways to describe it has become a running gag.
Yesterday the authors issued a statement to mark the sales milestone, acknowledging “the ongoing response from readers and the lasting words of co-author Moana Jackson”, who died earlier this year:
‘This little book seems to have a life of its own. We’re humbled that people have chosen to buy it but in many ways, these words aren’t ours, rather, we have just been the vehicle that pulls together the words of many. We hope we have contributed to normalising the possibility of decolonisation for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. Thank you.
“Nō te aranga o Matariki ki te pae, ka tangihia tō ingoa e Moana, haere! Kua whetūrangitia koe ki te poho o Ranginui. E okioki atu ai.”