This week’s best-selling 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 The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox (Victoria University Press, $35)
"The experience of reading the New Zealand writer Elizabeth Knox’s contemporary fantasy novel The Absolute Book reminded me of how I felt reading [books such as] His Dark Materials...I felt that my position in relation to the book’s capacious intellect and imagination and moral purpose was a vertiginous one. It was thrilling and frightening, reading this book": Dan Kois, from US site Slate.
2 In the Clearing by JP Pomare (Hachette, $34.99)
"The prose in @JPPomare’s In The Clearing is giving me total writer envy and the story’s been creeping me out from the get-go": Queenstown author Jane Bloomfield, on the Twitter machine.
3 A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh (Hachette, $34.99)
"I'm a romance genre girl through and through. When I saw that this was Nalini Singh, I knew I needed to give this book a try even though I hesitate at the genre. I'm really glad that I did. From the first chapter this book captured my attention and held. The writing is phenomenal. It doesn't matter what genre this author writes, she knows how to captivate:" 5-star review by Mindy on GoodReads, where Singh's latest novel has an average of 3.98 stars and has attracted an incredible 500 reviews. She is huge.
4 Bulibasha by Witi Ihimaera (Penguin Random House, $38)
Winner of the 1995 Montana Book Award for fiction.
5 A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino (Hachette, $24.99)
The biggest-selling New Zealand novel of 2019.
6 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35.00)
"It really is immense, a deep and powerful work, maybe even the most successfully achieved portrayal of underclass New Zealand life since Once Were Warriors": from my review at ReadingRoom, where I named it the best book of 2019. Another reprint of the Westport author's debut novel has just been whistled up by publisher Makaro to keep up with demand; the book continues to sell by the truckload.
7 Call Me Evie by JP Pomare (Hachette, $24.99)
8 The History Speech by Mark Sweet (Huia Publishers, $32)
9 Whatever It Takes by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press, $37.99)
10 A Mistake by Carl Shuker (Victoria University Press, $30)
Every sentence is as a sharp as the scalpels used in this tense, masterly story of an operation at Wellington Hospital that goes fatally wrong.
1 Vegful by Nadia Lim (Nude Food, $55)
Fascinating discourse with the author, from a Q&A at Stuff last year: "Q: Are you a paper plates and cups type, or do you risk your real stuff? A: I only have a set of eight plates, so if it's a larger group then it's paper or bamboo plates."
2 The Book of Overthinking by Gwendoline Smith (Allen & Unwin, $24.99)
3 Māori Made Easy Workbook 1/Kete 1 by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $25)
Te reo self-helper.
4 The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith (Allen & Unwin, $24.99)
5 A Māori Phrase a Day by Hemi Kelly (Penguin Random House, $30)
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6 All of This is for You by Ruby Jones (Penguin Random House, $24)
7 Te Tiriti o Waitangi by Ross Calman & Mark Derby & Piripi Walker & Toby Morris (Lift Education, $20)
8 The Invisible Load by Dr. Libby Weaver (Little Green Frog, $39.95)
9 The Meaning of Trees by Robert Vennell (HarperCollins, $55)
10 Māori Made Easy by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $38)
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