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 Vegful by Nadia Lim (Nude Food, $55)

2 Know Your Place by Golriz Ghahraman (HarperCollins, $39.99)

Finally, at last, a New Zealand non-fiction book other than food, self-help, and bullshit (Listening to Spirit) in the top 10, and looking likely to topple Nadia Lim's gormless vege patch at the number one spot. I reviewed the Green MP's memoir at ReadingRoom last week: "Ghahraman lays out her anxieties and her unhappinesses throughout Know Your Place. It gives her book an emotional core. Far from merely or exclusively presenting herself as some sort of boorish saviour, she provides a complex psychological portrait…She’s had an eventful life and her book is revealing, thoughtful, observant."

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

4 A Natural Year by Wendyl Nissen (Allen & Unwin, $45)

5 Listen to Spirit by Kelvin Cruickshank (Penguin, $38)

6 Stop Surviving Start Fighting by Jazz Thornton (Penguin, $38)

7 The Wine O'Clock Myth by Lotta Dann (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

Hallelujah! Another new book on the best-seller list which isn't food, self-help and bullshit (Listening to Spirit). The author featured in a superb profile by Judy Bailey, who wrote, "Lotta Dann is eight and a half years sober and not once has she fallen off the wagon. She’s a bright, articulate, determined woman - and now she’s about to take on the all powerful liquor industry. Her new book The Wine O’Clock Myth explores how women are suffering with alcohol - and how, though they’re desperate to change, the environment is stacked against them. The liquor industry, she says, shamelessly targets and manipulates women."

8 Māori Made Easy Workbook 1/Kete 1 by Scotty Morrison (Raupo Publishing, $25)

9 Observations of a Rural Nurse by Sara McIntyre (Massey University Press, $55)

Ooh this looks really good, and is a third instance of a new book in the best-seller list which isn't food, self-help and bullshit (Listening to Spirit). It's a collection of colour photographs taken at McIntyre's home in Kākahi and the sparsely populated surrounding King Country towns of Manunui, Ōhura, Ōngarue, Piriaka, Ōwhango and Taumarunui. Me want.

10 Colin McCahon Vol.2 1960-1987: Is This the Promised Land?  by Peter Simpson (Auckland University Press, $79.99)

Good grief! A fourth new book in the best-seller list which isn't food, self-help and bullshit (Listening to Spirit). Martin Edmond, reviewing the volume recently in ReadingRoom: "He [Simpson] is the ideal guide: not opinionated, never condescending; comfortable dealing with the work as it is. He lays out the evidence before you with grace and acumen. His writing rewards close reading; and the selection of images is wonderful."


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

2 Nothing to See by Pip Adam (Victoria University Press, $30)

The latest Pip Adam novel is most strange ("There are three sections, set at 12-year intervals, in what appear to be New Zealand’s three main cities....At its heart, this is a novel about shame, loneliness, about wanting to do good and hoping for second chances — or third or fourth chances": Philip Matthews, Academy of NZ Literature) and most readable ("Not a dud sentence to be found": Charlotte Grimshaw, ReadingRoom), and may even topple Becky Manawatu's award-winning book in the number one spot.

3 The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Victoria University Press, $28)

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

5 Alpha Night by Nalini Singh (Hachette, $34.99)

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

7 Fake Baby by Amy McDaid (Penguin, $36)

8 A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino (Hachette, $34.99)

9 Jerningham by Cristina Sanders (The Cuba Press, $37)

10 The Reed Warbler by Ian Wedde (Victoria University Press, $35)

The author is in chaos, below.

Ian Wedde, whose novel The Reed Warbler is perched at Number 10 in this week's best-seller list, pictured at his Auckland home in front of what appears to be a wonderland of chaos, anarchy, disorder, without any genre or alphabetical system; there's Keith Richards, there's Rita Angus, there's CK Stead, there's a lot of his own books; it looks epic, mysterious, fabulous.

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