The Unity Books bestselling chart for the week ending October 8


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

The new Rooney, destined for months of number one.

2 The Raffles affair: a mystery in Victoria West by Vicki Virtue (Penguin Random House, $ 37)

A cozy murder mystery in Agatha Christie’s vein. Victoria West, an attractive ex-MI6 agent, is once again drawn into the world of crime when her friend’s fiancé is kidnapped just before their wedding in Singapore. A frenzied good time.

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

A new novel by Doerr has been released to the world! Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, which the publisher pompously and accurately calls “perhaps the best-selling and most beloved literary fiction of our time.”

Here are a few more words from the editor, this time about Cloud Cuckoo Land: a triumph of imagination and compassion, a searing story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope – and a book.

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

“The Palapa was taking water. The men at the lowest level began to bail out with buckets and plastic bags, forming a human chain at the top of the ladder. Someone made a pump from engine parts. Others worked to seal the hole in the deck using ropes and a tarp, and some used more broken engine parts to put the posts back in place. Looks like we’re making good progress until another big wave crashes over us, undoing all of our work.

Read the full excerpt here, or read the full book of, you know… by going to Unity (virtually).

5 What I learned in art school by Megan Dunn (Penguin, $ 35)

Personal essays by the brilliant, funny and eccentric New Zealand writer Megan Dunn. You can read excerpts from his first novel Tinderbox and one of the testing. After that, just try to stop buying a copy.

6 Still life by Sarah Winman (Fourth Estate, $ 35)

The bestselling novel that begins with a chance encounter in Florence during WWII. On Goodreads, Still Life brings together phrases like “Simply beautiful! and “Oh, my heart is full.”

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

No idea why garlic breath has a bad reputation, for us it is the mark of a self-righteous person.

Old mate Ottolenghi clearly feels the same – here are four recipes from his new book, in ascending order of garlic goodness:

Magic chicken and parmesan soup with pappardelle (a head of garlic). Plums and sticky sweet and sour sausages (two heads of garlic). Very giant couscous cake (two large heads of garlic, plus two cloves). Toum vampire slayer (100 g of garlic cloves, about three heads).

8 Large Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Doubleday, $ 37)

Great Circle tells the story of fictional aviator Marian Graves and Hollywood starlet who is drawn to her role in a biopic. Marian mysteriously disappears in 1950 near New Zealand (New Zealand!) While attempting an unprecedented tour of the Earth. Fifty years later, ingenuous Hadley Baxter tries to reclaim her tainted reputation (damaged because she cheated on her co-star boyfriend in a Twilight-esque film series) by playing the role of Marian, and becomes obsessed with the fate of the pilot.

Shipstead has been compared to Barbara Kingsolver, Donna Tartt, William Boyd, Anthony Doerr, and Sarah Waters for her talent for both plot and language. Not to mention that Great Circle was shortlisted for the Booker. Basically… great chances of a very enjoyable reading experience.

9 The softness of the water by Nathan Harris (Tinder Press, $ 35)

From the Guardian: “Harris’ novel weaves two different stories set in the wake of the [American Civil War] – that of a pair of Confederate soldiers whose mutual love must be hidden from the prying eyes of the small Georgia town that surrounds them, and the story of two brothers once enslaved for whom emancipation brings questions as well only opportunities.

ten The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller (Viking, $ 37)

One summer day in Cape Cod, “She will have to choose between the life she lived with her beloved husband, Peter, and the life she imagined to be her own with her childhood sweetheart, Jonas, so. a tragic event had not taken place. you forever changed the course of their life.

Damn the editor’s blurb – now in one sentence we’re addicted and have to buy yet another novel.


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

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

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

4 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, the jewel of the bestseller list.

5 The man who died twice by Richard Osman (Viking, $ 37)

New sequel to the bestseller Thursday Murder Club, about a group of people in their seventies (that is, 70 and over, for those who don’t have a dictionary on their knees) who solve deadly mysteries.

6 What I learned in art school by Megan Dunn (Penguin, $ 35)

7 The dark remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin (Canongate, $ 33)

William McIlvanney, the godfather of Scottish detective fiction, left behind the handwritten beginnings of a novel when he died in 2015. It is the prequel to his famous series Jack Laidlaw – and it has now been completed by Ian Rankin.

The Guardian warmly reports that “Rankin first met McIlvanney in 1985 at the Edinburgh Book Festival, two years before [Rankin’s] Rebus’s first novel is published. He asked McIlvanney to sign one of his books for him and told him he was writing his own novel which was “like Laidlaw but set in Edinburgh”. McIlvanney wrote his novel: “Good luck with the Edinburgh Laidlaw. Always be our sentimental hearts.

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

A new novel based on the great German writer Thomas Mann, covering the politics of the world wars and Mann’s personal life.

9 The women of Troy by Pat Barker (Hamish Hamilton, $ 37)

The brutal sequel to the best-selling The Silence of the Girls, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. “It’s sinister. The words “dirty” and “stained” keep coming back. Even the sea is dirty, yellowish gray, and full of dead things. War is dirty, ugly and stinky and Barker never lets us forget it. Men can set off in the morning oiled and glorious like Phoebus Apollo, their sparkling chariots, but at nightfall, “ash-gray men driving dirty horses would emerge from clouds of dust.” Be warned, the Guardian tells us.

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

Following the serious Pulitzer Prize winner of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, Whitehead has released an entertaining noir thriller about a man who unwittingly gets too deep into the world of heists and gangsters in 1960s Harlem.


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