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Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 16

Only 39 shopping days till Xmas! Get in early and peruse the week’s bestselling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

When will New Zealand fiction get over itself?

An essay by novelist Kirsty Gunn, who claims New Zealand fiction remains besotted with dreary issues of national identity.

Book of the Week: The revolutionary live email interview with Tayi Tibble

Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias revives the revolutionary live email interview with a new star of New Zealand literature - the wildly talented Tayi Tibble.

The Monday Extract: The secret diary of Charles Brasch

He viewed Greymouth as "sub-human", rather wished James K Baxter would STFU, and regarded the poetry of "plump and round" Bill Manhire as "promising". A new book shares the 1968 diary of Landfall founder Charles Brasch.

Dancing with Atoms: the new documentary honouring the ‘Sir Ed of science’

This weekend marks the release of Dancing With Atoms, veteran filmmaker Shirley Horrock's tribute to physicist Sir Paul Callaghan. Don Rowe talks to Horrocks about his life and legacy.

And the winner is: Diana Wichtel

The Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias writes an appreciation of Diana Wichtel, who has just been announced as the winner of the best book of non-fiction at the Ockham New Zealand national book awards.

The 50 best New Zealand books of the past 50 years: The official listicle

This week's Ockham national book awards marks the 50th anniversary of book awards in New Zealand. To mark the occasion, we asked 50 experts to name the very best local books published since 1968.

The Bulletin: Super Fund’s super plan for Auckland rail

Auckland's transport plans desperately need funding, and the Super Fund has seen an opportunity.

‘I miss Paul. He wasn’t afraid’: Remembering Sir Paul Callaghan

Ahead of the premiere of a new documentary on the life and work of Sir Paul Callaghan, a few of his friends and colleagues – including Anne Salmond, Bill Manhire, Nicola Gaston and Shaun Hendy – share their memories of the great man.

50 years of book awards in New Zealand: plus an awesome prize!

We present - for the first time in one place - the entire list of every winner since the national book awards were created 50 years ago.

Joy, despair, shock, Wellington: a red-hot week ahead for writing in New Zealand

Spinoff literary editor Steve Braunias previews two big events - tomorrow’s announcement of the Ockham national book awards shortlist, and this weekend’s Writers and Readers programme at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington.

The best books of 2017: the 20 best novels

Okay so of course that one by George Saunders that won the Booker is among the best 20 novels of 2017 - but what were the others? Funny you should ask!

The second annual Spinoff Review of Books literary awards (including best dressed author)!!!

New Zealand literature! What is it, who reads it, and why does it exist? Some or none or all of these questions are about to be answered in the second annual Spinoff Review of Books literary awards!!!

Announcing the longlist for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand national book awards: all the finalists, and some passing remarks

Yet another Spinoff Review of Books exclusive as we break the 5am embargo on the longlist of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand national book awards by 60 seconds: the following story went up on our site at 4:59am.

Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey’s Tour Diary Vol. 1: Idiots on tour

Dominic Hoey (aka Tourettes) reports from his 17-town tour of New Zealand with singer-songwriter Skyscraper Stan and side-kick Josh Jugum. 

Wellington’s LitCrawl event is freaking awesome. Does Auckland have the brains to do it too?

Steve Braunias reports from the 2017 LitCrawl in Wellington – and wonders whether it could be duplicated in Auckland.

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending September 15

The best-selling books at the two best bookstores in New Zealand's two most populous residential centres.

To hell with Titirangi: an accidental revolution at the Going West literary festival

Steve Braunias reports from the 2017 Going West festival – held for the first time, and forever, he hopes, in Henderson.

‘The artist is the original precariat’: Jo Randerson, Tom LaHood and the barbarians coming for Wellington performance

As part of a week-long series chatting to Wellingtonians about what they’re up to in the windy city, Alex Casey talks to Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood of Barbarian productions about making theatre on the fringe.

Survivor Power Rankings – Barb becomes the leader of the Teabag Mafia

Superfan Joseph Harper tackles the second week of Survivor NZ, including pelican eating, Lou's evacuation and Barb's cuppa.

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards: Revolutionary live email interview with Fergus Barrowman

VUP publisher Fergus Barrowman steps up for the revolutionary live email interview.

Auckland Writers Festival: Holly Walker interviews I Love Dick author Chris Kraus

The best coverage of the Auckland Writers Festival continues right here, as the Spinoff Review of Books devotes the entire week to long, intelligent encounters with guest writers. Today: Holly Walker talks with Chris Kraus, an American writer who worked for newspapers in Wellington before creating the belated smash-hit feminist novel, I Love Dick.

The 5 best non-obvious things John Clarke ever did

Has any other satirist caught the ridiculousness of New Zealand life better than John Clarke? He's famous for Fred Dagg and We Don't Know How Lucky We Are of course, but here are some lesser know classics.

We don’t know how lucky we were: tributes to the great John Clarke

Memories and accolades from Michele A’Court, Kim Hill, Oscar Kightley, Guy Williams and more One of the sharpest wits this country ever produced has died at the age of 68. John Clarke, originally …

The Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending April 7

The best-selling books at the two best bookstores in the English-speaking world.

Summer reissue: The curious case of the strangest ever winner of a book award in New Zealand

Ahead of the Ockham national book awards in May, Graeme Lay shuddered to recall the time the award for best novel went to a bogan - and Steve Braunias barges his way in at the end of the story, and adds a highly unusual postscript.

Book of the week: the Spinoff live email interview with Adam Dudding

Adam Dudding! Everyone's buying his book, and basically his family memoir has become the smash-hit New Zealand book this Christmas. He talks to Steve Braunias in the Spinoff live email interview.

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