The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 5


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


1 Cuckoo Earth Cloud by Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, $ 35)

Two whole months ago, book publisher Catherine Woulfe wrote: “Jo McColl from Unity Books in Auckland chooses this one [Cloud Cuckoo Land, obvs] beat Sally Rooney on the Christmas charts. I was skeptical, and then I read it – and yes, absolutely, if there is justice in the world, then Rooney is about to be watched. “

This week, Cloud Cuckoo Land is number one in Auckland and Wellington.

2 EM-PA-THY: The human side of leadership by Harold Hillman (Bateman, $ 30)

The business book we hope will make an appearance in every middle manager’s Christmas stocking.

3 crossroads by Jonathan Franzen (4th succession, $ 35)

After berating other Franzen novels for deploying “bells and whistles” (crime syndicates, crooked politicians, murderous hackers) to make up for their focus on the minutiae of the festering American family, Atlantic qualifies Crossroads as “wonderful” to take precedence over the domestic:

“Its protagonists could not be more glamorous, its intrigues less international. His action is concentrated in a collapsing community, his attention turned to the daily recriminations of a family. Although her stakes are high, psychically speaking, her predicament is modest and emotional. Here we are not wondering if a species of bird is going to go extinct, but if one of the Hildebrandts can shed their selfishness and muster some measure of kindness.

4 Silverview by John le Carré (Viking, $ 35)

Master spy novelist John le Carré has one last book published posthumously. The Guardian asks and responds to what we want to know: “Is Silverview any good?” Fortunately, the answer is yes.

5 The magician by Colm Tóibín (Picador, $ 38)

A novel about the famous German writer Thomas Mann. The Economist calls the novel “a grave tribute interspersed with irony and mischief”; the Irish Times says it is “a lucid look at German history in its most dramatic period.” We say, go ahead and enjoy, dear reader.

6 Beautiful people, where are you by Sally Rooney (Faber, $ 33)

The book being gazumped, and even a little beaten up, by Cloud Cuckoo Land.

7 Ottolenghi test kitchen: shelf love by Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad (Ebury Press, $ 55)

What makes this Ottolenghi different from all of his fantastic predecessors? Well, the publisher calls it ‘unplugged’ which makes us think leftovers won’t clog your sink, but then explains, ‘The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen team takes you on a journey through your kitchen cupboards, creating recipes. inspired ingredients… This book aims to feed us and our families with less stress and less fuss, but with all the “wow” of an Ottolenghi meal. “

Featuring a Curried Cauliflower Filo Pie; fig, star anise and orange soda bread; and smoked and creamy pasta with burnt eggplant and tahini.

8 Cover: 100 Gorgeous, Weird & Downright Amazing New Zealand LP covers by Steve Braunias (Oratia Books, $ 50)

New offer from our ex-publisher of books! As advertised on the cover (get it?), Braunias’ new book features 100 gorgeous, weird and downright amazing New Zealand LP covers. Not on the cover: The LPs date from between 1957 and 1987, and the book includes original information about the stories behind the artwork.

9 Dune by Frank Herbert (Hodder, $ 28)

The most classic of science fiction classics, released in 1965. It features betrayal, space travel and giant sand worms. Recently, the movie version came out, throwing it back into the stars.

ten Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (Fleet, $ 35)

People ask Google urgent questions, like “How does Harlem Shuffle end?” »Spoilers. “How long is Harlem Shuffle?” Two minutes and 35 seconds says Google, because Harlem Shuffle is also an R&B song. “Who is Colson Whitehead’s wife?” Nosy buggers.


1 Cuckoo Earth Cloud by Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, $ 35)

2 Silverview by John le Carré (Viking, $ 35)

3 Ottolenghi test kitchen: shelf love by Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad (Ebury Press, $ 55)

4 She is a killer by Kirsten McDougall (Victoria University Press, $ 30)

One of our absolute favorite novels of the year, thoughtfully abstract with “it’s awesome”. You can read an excerpt here, where the almost brilliant, possibly psychopathic protagonist does his shopping at the supermarket.

5 crossroads by Jonathan Franzen (4th succession, $ 35)

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

The one and only.

7 After Tampa: from Afghanistan to New Zealand by Abbas Nazari (Allen & Unwin, $ 37)

Memories of 2021. Get a taster here.

8 Woman in love: Katherine Mansfield’s love letters edited by Nicola Saker (Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, $ 30)

A beautiful little book whose Katherine Mansfield House & Garden site reports that its first print is already sold out (don’t worry, a second is coming soon). They also have this to say: “There are letters to lovers, but also to family, friends and creative colleagues, including Virginia Woolf. The letters paint an intimate picture of Mansfield’s relationships and capture his love of nature, art, details of everyday life and life itself, always with a capital “L”. “

9 Beautiful people, where are you by Sally Rooney (Faber, $ 33)

ten Aroha: Maori wisdom for a happy life lived in harmony with our planet by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin Random House, $ 30)

You can’t buy love… but you can buy Aroha.

(So ​​can Oprah).

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