The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending March 11


The only best-selling independent books chart published and available in New Zealand is the Top 10 list recorded each week at Unity Books stores in High St, Auckland and Willis St, Wellington.


1 Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly (Te Herenga Waka University Press, $35)

A great start for a roster full of local writing stars. Greta & Valdin is one of our two favorites to win the biggest local writing prize of the year, the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction, to be light and funny and comforting and quirky. Exactly what you need right now, huh?

2 The Library of Unfinished Business by Patricia Bell (Cloud Ink Press, $35)

Auckland writer Patricia Bell’s debut novel bears a delightful resemblance to The Good Place: “Maurice, a small-town librarian, dies in a fiery car accident on a Monday morning and finds himself in a very unexpected afterlife. , in which naked people throw cocktail parties and an angelic mob takes the reins… As Andy gets closer to uncovering a long-hidden secret, Maurice and Kit uncover a terrifying heavenly plot, and for the first time Maurice must decide : will he fight for something… or risk losing everything?” Thanks, blurb from the editor – really a pleasure.

3 In Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara (Picador, $38)

The latest novel from the author of A Little Life – heartily recommended. Read Sam Brooks recent test for opinions on a woman writing about gay men, and whether Hanya Yanagihara is something of a fanfic writer (spoiler: he backs “yes”).

4 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Mākaro Press, $35)

The 2020 Acorn Prize winner is back to join the fun! How we I love Aue.

5 Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Editors, $35)

A brilliant show! Even better to see Kurangaituku at number of them at Welly. Kurangaituku is our The best choice for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction – books ed Catherine Woulfe explains her marvel:

“If the judges are there to recognize innovation, daring, genius, give the Acorn to Whiti Hereaka for this book she spent 10 years building. Kurangaituku is architecturally crafted fiction. Even the placement of the code -bars on the covers looks accurate and deliberate It can be read from the front or back – well, there is no front or back, rather a dark cover and a light cover (I recommend starting with the light) The two stories intersect in the middle so you’re only reading the right side of each double-page spread, the text on the left is upside down, a constant reminder of how stories refract and warp.

“Here this story belongs to Kurangaituku, the bird-woman, the monstrous kōtuku, known to have been defeated by the cunning young warrior Hatupatu. She has another side of the story. Terrible, vulnerable, vigorous, weaver, I l “loved and I remain in awe of her. Kura knows it too. By sharing her story, she “nests in your brain,” she says. “I will hide in the shadows of your mind.” The designers of Huia opted for long elegant dashes and as I read, I began to feel that these were Kura’s kōtuku feet, following me.

6 Vā: Stories of Moana Women edited by Sisilia Eteuati & Lani Young (Tatou Publishing, $40)

Stories of 38 Maori and Pasifika women, and the first and magnificent book from new publisher Tatou Publishing. Sisilia Eteuati wrote for the Spinoff on Beginning of Tatou editions with Lani Young: “We want our Moana stories to be shared around the world in all their diversity. We fully support Indigenous writers and storytellers who take their stories to the world in every way. The world needs them.

7 Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press, $25)

The 2020 winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The novel is about Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, who died at the age of 11.

(Congratulations to Catherine Chidgey and Meg Mason, whose novels Remote Sympathy and Sorrow and Bliss were just named finalists for this year’s Women’s Prize. Woot!)

8 Atomic Habits: An Easy, Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear (Random House Business, $40)

Get in the habit of continuing this fabulous trend of buying local books.

9 Woman convenience store by Sayaka Murata (Granta Books, $23)

An old favorite (if you think toddler-age books are old) is back. Like the narrator of her novel, award-winning author Sayaka Murata also works part-time in a supermarket.

ten Shelter by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (Bateman Books, $35)

Another local first novel, another publisher’s blurb that will have you scribbling the title on a piece of paper with “Buy at Unity” written across the top – and underlined twice.

“When 21-year-old builder Joe Wright meets Leo, he falls in love hard, and seemingly forever. Mature, philosophical, and intensely handsome, Leo teaches Joe an appreciation for music and literature, and, most importantly, , a passion for beautiful old buildings disappearing from downtown Auckland, but when Leo suddenly disappears from his life, then returns years later, Joe – now a powerful developer of heritage architecture – is unable to move on. something else from that first case. As the years pass and Leo remains out of reach, can Joe open his eyes to new possibilities?”


1 Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly (Te Herenga Waka University Press, $35)

2 Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Editors, $35)

It is generally considered illegal for us to write two reviews for the same book. But look at this! The Glorious Resurrection of Kura. She slipped off the list for a while, but has recovered her way and is now (almost) at the top.

3 In Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara (Picador, $38)

4 imagining decolonization by Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton and Amanda Thomas (Bridget Williams Books, $15)

End Local Superstar Week with the all-time favourite.

5 Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brene Brown (Vermilion, $45)

Please enjoy this quote from a recent New Yorker profile of Brown, titled “Brene Brown’s Empire of Emotion”:

“Brown tried to describe her emotions. ‘If I had an instrument right now, I would ask for a tuba,’ she said. “I was crawling inside and hiding, then asking someone ‘one of pushing the snorkel down the hill in our backyard and rolling it into the lake.’ She paused. ‘I don’t even know where that came from.’

6 The promise by Damon Galgut (Chatto & Windus, $37)

The latest winner of the Booker Prize.

7 Stolen Concentration: Why You Can’t Pay Attention by Johann Hari (Bloomsbury, $35)

We don’t want to be presumptuous, but it could have something to do with the global pandemic… But who knows? Read the book to find out.

8 Tangled Life: How Mushrooms Create Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Future by Merlin Sheldrake (Vintage, $24)

Dive into the world of fungi with the most recent winner of the Royal Society Science Book Prize (it’s a big deal and a great read).

9 give to others by Donna Leon (Hutchison, $35)

Commissioner Brunetti’s new detective story.

ten Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe (HarperCollins, $28)

A 2019 non-fiction bestseller about the unsolved kidnapping of Jean McConville and the Troubles. Stellar Combination: Gillian Flynn calls it “a must-read,” plus it was Amazon’s Best History Book of 2019.


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