This week’s NZ best-selling books

New Zealand's only national book sales chart, as recorded by  Nielsen BookScan NZ and described by Steve Braunias.

NZ Fiction

1 Deadpan by James Norcliffe (Otago University Press, $27.50)

Sales were evidently brisk at the launch of Norcliffe's 10th book of poetry at Scorpio Books in Christchurch.

2 When It All Went to Custard by Danielle Hawkins (HarperCollins, $35)

3 The Alexandrite by Dione Jones (Cloud Ink Press, $29.99)

Blurbology: "Who is the stranger found dead in the woods, outside Pamela Lady Scawton's family home? Why was he carrying a stone that changes colour and a threatening letter? The quest leads from World War One to the present day and from an English village to New Zealand farmland." ​ 

4 Whatever It Takes by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press, $37.99)

5 A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino (Hachette, $34.99)

6 Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble (Victoria University Press, $20)

The biggest-selling book of poetry of the past two years, by the Wellington author who recently wrote movingly and searchingly of her experience at Ihumātao for Reading Room.

7 What You Wish For by Catherine Robertson (Penguin Random House, $38)

The author's awesome cat recently featured at Reading Room.

8 Scattered Stones by Michelle Kelly (Ryegrass Publications, $29.99)

The second and latest book set in the Central Otago goldrush of the 1860s; see below.

9 Riverstones by Michelle Kelly (Createspace Independent Publishing, $29.99)

Sue, at Goodreads: "As a New Zealander who has spent time in the Skipper's Canyon, where this book is set, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is a real authenticity to this historical novel and it is peopled by believable characters. Set during the gold rush it is awash with all manner of miners and settlers from England, Scotland and Ireland and a few Maoris [sic] too. I highly recommend this book if you like historical adventures, sagas and a bit of romance too."

10 The Unreliable People by Rosetta Allan (Penguin Random House, $38)

NZ Non-Fiction

1 The Invisible Load by Dr Libby Weaver (Little Green Frog Publishing, $39.95)

A guide to dealing with stress and that.

2 Brothers in Black by Jamie Wall (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

3 Driven by Hayden Paddon (Penguin Random House, $40)

New Zealand's most successful rally driver opens up about his struggles with bullying, depression and loss as a young man, and goes on public record for the first time about the 2017 accident in which a spectator was killed.

4 The Shearers by Ruth Entwistle Low & Mark Low (Penguin Random House, $45)

5 Perform Under Pressure by Ceri Evans (HarperCollins, $39.99)

6 How to Escape from Prison by Paul Wood (HarperCollins, $37.99)

7 The Note Through the Wire by Doug Gold (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

8 The Roar by Alan Stevens (Imagination Press, $39.99)

Sporting-rifle memoir by the Reefton-born hunter.

9 A Conversation with my Country by Alan Duff (Penguin Random House, $38)

10 The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith (Allen & Unwin $24.99)

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