This week’s top 10 NZ 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 The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox (Victoria University Press, $35)

“Knox’s writing has an extreme, dramatic intensity, both visual and emotional, an exactness, and an elegance of expression which result in an effect that is utterly convincing and at times profoundly alarming….The Absolute Book is a tour de force”: from Jane Stafford’s rave review at ReadingRoom.

2 Caging Skies by Christine Leunens (Penguin Random House, $38)

The JoJoRabbit novel.

3 From a Shadow Grave by Andi C. Buchanan (Paper Road Press, $25)

Ghost story. Synopsis: Wellington, 1931. Seventeen-year-old Phyllis Symons’ body is discovered in the Mt Victoria tunnel construction site. Eighty years later, Aroha Brooke is determined to save her life.

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

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

6 The Burning River by Lawrence Patchett (Victoria University Press, $30)

Literary fiction. Synopsis: In a radically changed Aotearoa New Zealand, Van’s life in the swamp is hazardous. Sheltered by Rau and Matewai, he mines plastic and trades to survive. When a young visitor summons him to the fenced settlement on the hill, he is offered a new and frightening responsibility—a perilous inland journey that leads to a tense confrontation and the prospect of a rebuilt world.

7 The Wild Card by Renee (The Cuba Press, $35)

Crime fiction. Synopsis: Ruby Palmer was left in a kete at the back door of the Porohiwi Home for Children when she was a baby; now in her 30s, Ruby needs to find out what really happened to her.

8 Aue by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35)

A remarkable personal essay by the Westport novelist will appear at ReadingRoom next week.

9 Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy by Marie Hodgkinson (Paper Road Press, $29.99)

Thirteen of the brightest stars in Kiwi speculative fiction; includes a story by Melanie Harding-Shaw, author of a wonderful short story (it featured the god Poseidon doing things in Oriental Bay) published a few weeks ago at ReadingRoom.

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


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


 2 Jacinda Ardern by Michelle Duff (Allen & Unwin, $39.99)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


10 Mauri Ora by Peter Alsop & Te Raumawhitu Kupenga (Potton & Burton, $39.99)


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