This week’s Top 10 NZ book sales

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

NZ Fiction

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

Jane Stafford will review Knox’s latest novel - and reassess a new reissue of her classic 1999 book The Vintner’s Luck - next week at ReadingRoom.

2 Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare (Hachette, $24.99)

Superb crime thriller by the Melbourne-based Kiwi writer.

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

4 Poukahangatus by Tayi Tibble (Victoria University Press, $20.00)

Sales of the debut book by New Zealand’s most popular poet were evidently brisk during her recent appearance at the Hawkes Bay writers festival, where she read from her work at The Paisley, an insanely cool upstairs club (armchairs, hundreds of books, photos of Led Zep and Prince) in Napier.

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

6 Caging Skies by Christine Leunens (Penguin Random House, $38.00)

7 Scented by Laurence Fearnley (Penguin Random House, $38.00)

The author’s frankly incred essay, about wanting to establish a club of people who would walk around Dunedin and smell things (gorse, flax, etc), appeared this week at ReadingRoom.

8 This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman (Penguin Random House, $38.00)

9 The Cleaner by Paul Cleave (Penguin Random House, $26.00)

10 When It All Went to Custard by Danielle Hawkins (HarperCollins, $35.00)

NZ Non-Fiction

1 Vegful by Nadia Lim (Nude Food, $55.00)

Cookbook; no meat.

2 Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty by Emma Clifton & Rachel Hunter (David Bateman, $39.99)

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

4 Two Raw Sisters by Rosa Flanagan & Margo Flanagan (David Bateman, $39.99)

Cookbook; no meat.

5 People of New Zealand by Sam Moore (Allen & Unwin, $24.99)

Comical drawings by the Ugly Ink guy who has 110K followers on Insta.

6 How to Walk a Dog by Mike White & Sharon Murdoch (Allen & Unwin, $35.00)

A charming essay on the author’s dog will appear next week at ReadingRoom.

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

8 A Sharp Left Turn by Mike Chunn (Allen & Unwin, $45.00)

9 The New Everyday by Wattie's Heinz (Hachette, $39.99)

Cookbook; includes meat.

10 Tales from a Financial Hot Mess by Frances Cook (Penguin Random House, $35.00)

Money advice from an eminently sensible and practical business journo with the Herald.

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