This week’s top 10 best-sellers

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


1 This is Your Real Name by Elizabeth Morton (Otago University Press, $27.50)

Sales were evidently brisk last week when the author’s collection of poems was launched at the  Exhibitions Gallery in Newmarket.

2 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35)

The author and her taua star in this week's photo to illustrate the Nielsen chart, above.

3 The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox (Victoria University Press, $35.00)

A shipment of a new reprint of 5000 copies – a thousand printed here, 4000 in Singapore – recently arrived at the offices of Victoria University Press, and all hands were on deck to immediately despatch the novel to booksellers around the country.

4 New Transgender Blockbusters by Oscar Upperton (Victoria University Press, $25)

Sales were evidently brisk last week when the author's debut collection of poems was launched at at Unity Books in Wellington. In other news, Unity Books in Auckland was judged at the London Book Fair this week as the best bookshop IN THE WORLD. Yowsa!

5 In the Clearing by JP Pomare (Hachette, $34.99)

The best thriller of 2020.

6 Moonlight Sonata by Eileen Merriman (Penguin Random House, $38)

The author, who works as a North Shore Hospital haematologist, will appear at a session at the Auckland Writers Festival in May alongside UK author and former psychiatric nurse Nathan Filer and Auckland neonatal nurse Amy McDaid, whose debut novel Fake Baby is due to published soon by Penguin Random House.

7 All the Way to Summer by Fiona Kidman (Penguin Random House, $40)

Wonderful collection of short fiction by one of the great masters of the form. Case in point: a story from her book, "Mrs Dixon & Friend", will appear at ReadingRoom tomorrow. God it’s good, a sad and exquisite story of what it’s like when two ex-lovers meet after a long time apart.

8 Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey (Victoria University Press, $30)

A fabulous review appeared on Wednesday in the Los Angeles Times: "As her countryman Taika Waititi has done in his irreverent, affecting film Jojo Rabbit, award-winning New Zealand writer Catherine Chidgey has created a story that puts us inside the lives of children being raised in Nazi Germany…Chidgey has written a beautiful, unsettling narrative that reflects who we are now as much as who we were then.” Chidgey's 2016 book has just been published in the US by Counterpoint.

9 Shakti by Rajorshi Chakraborti (Penguin Random House, $36)

The Wellington novelist was born in Kolkata and grew up there and in Mumbai. He studied in Canada and also the University of Hull, where he was awarded the Philip Larkin Prize, and the University of Edinburgh. where he completed his doctoral studies in African and Indian Literature. Chakraborti is the great-grandson of the Bengali writer Hemendrakumar Roy.

10 A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh (Hachette, $34.99)

The Auckland novelist was born in Fiji, and  moved to New Zealand as a child. She attended Mount Roskill Grammar School. Her romance and paranormal books have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today best-sellers lists.


1 The Book of Overthinking by Gwendoline Smith (Allen & Unwin, $24.99)

2 Life as a Casketeer by Francis Tipene & Kaiora Tipene (HarperCollins, $39.99)

The “authors”, who told their story to Auckland journalist Paul Little, will appear at the Auckland Writers Festival in a session chaired by the gracious Miriamo Kamo.

3 Husna's Story by Farid Ahmed (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

Husna Ahmed was killed at the Al Noor mosque in the March 15 Christchurch terror attack. Her husband Farid Ahmed managed to escape and survive. Over the past year he has had to learn how to navigate life without his beloved wife. He has penned a book about his experience - which is also a tribute to his wife and carries his enduring message of forgiveness. An interview with Newsroom is here.

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

5 Vegful by Nadia Lim (Nude Food, $55)

It doesn’t have enough tins in it. By all means consult my recent review of the latest Wattie’s Heinz cookbook which has good uses for tins of baked beans, peaches, and corn. I now wish to take this opportunity to thank the Food In a Minute team, who created the Wattie's recipes, for sending me a Food In a Minute apron this week as a token of their appreciation for my attempt to write good things about their uses for tins of things. I look really good in it.

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

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

8 The Invisible Load by Dr. Libby Weaver (Little Green Frog, $39.95)

9 The Longest Day by Matt Calman (Allen & Unwin, $32.99)

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

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