This week’s Top 10 NZ books

This week's biggest-selling New Zealand books, as recorded by the Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller list and described by Steve Braunias.


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

"Gibberish”: from a perhaps slightly dismissive review of this self-helper about coping with pressure.

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

Her latest self-helper about coping with stress has quite a good bit about undone dishes. When you see a pile, do you freak out, and recognise it as a metaphor for what a goddamned mess you’ve made of your life, or do you take a deep breath and accept that sometimes a filthy and disgusting sink is just one of those things?

3 First Map by Tessa Duder & David Elliot (HarperCollins, $49.99)

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


5 Māori Made Easy by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $38)

6 The Brilliance of Birds by Skye Wishart & Edin Whitehead (Penguin Random House, $55)


7 Māori Made Easy Workbook 1/Kete 1 by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $25)

8 Māori at Work by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $35)

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

10 Native Son by Witi Ihimaera (Penguin Random House, $40)

ReadingRoom looks forward to publishing an excerpt next week – it’s about his warm friendship with Noel Hilliard, author of the classic novel Māori Girl and the-then books editor at the Listener -  from this latest memoir by the great author.


1 The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox (Victoria University Press, $35)

ReadingRoom looks forward to the forthcoming review by Jane Stafford.

2 A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino (Hachette, $24.99)

3 Scented by Laurence Fearnley (Penguin Random House, $38)

Novel about a university lecturer who loses her job and sets out to create a perfume of herself.

4 Always Song in the Water by Gregory O'Brien (Auckland University Press, $45)


5 Call Me Evie by JP Pomare (Hachette, $24.99)


6 This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman (Penguin Random House, $38)

7 Listening In by Lynley Edmeades (Otago University Press, $27.50)

Poetry, eg:

...things began

to form layers. My mother’s hand

upon the pillow, the pillow soft upon the bed.

8 Whatever it Takes by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press, $37.99)


9 How I Get Ready by Ashleigh Young (Victoria University Press, $25)

Poetry, eg:

What song will they play if I don’t come home tonight?

I wished someone would write a song for me, then someone did

but it was a song berating me; it was called “Actually, Ashleigh”

10 The Cage by Lloyd Jones (Penguin Random House, $38)

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