This week’s best-selling 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 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35)

A copy of the most celebrated novel of 2020 can be seen in the bookcase of Auckland writer Amy McDaid, author of Fake Baby.

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

A copy of the most celebrated novel of 2013 can also be seen in the bookcase of Auckland writer Amy McDaid, alongside other New Zealand novels by Ruby Porter, CK Stead, Emma Neale, Rosetta Allan, Fiona Farrell, Eamonn Marra, Witi Ihimaera, Charlotte Grimshaw and Paula Morris.

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

It doesn’t look like Amy McDaid has that.

4 Fake Baby by Amy McDaid (Penguin Random House, $36)

The author's witty, clever story about three misfits - a tramp, a woman with bipolar disorder, and a pharmacist called Trout - has been met with excellent reviews and has already sold out in some stores, forcing the publisher to whistle up new copies. Buy now.

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

"These days the only reviews I read," the author very sensibly told Nicky Pellegrino in a BookBubble podcast at ReadingRoom, "are the ones my publisher sends me."

6 High Wire by Lloyd Jones & Euan Macleod (Massey University Press, $45)

"It really is a very remarkable and powerful collaboration," enthused David Hill, in his review on Radio New Zealand.

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

Short stories, including the marvellous “Mrs Dixon & Friend” that appeared in ReadingRoom.

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

Historical fiction. "In three parts and various close third-person narratives, the story moves from contemporary New Zealand to nineteenth century Germany and back again," wrote Stephanie Johnson, in her review at the Academy of New Zealand Literature.

9 Mellons Bay by Suzzane Singleton (Wily Publications, $34.99)

Historical fiction. Harriet and William Mellon arrive in New Zealand on the Oriental Queen, one of 10 Fencible ships which came between 1847 and 1852, and helped settled the communities of Howick, Panmure, Otahuhu and Onehunga.

10 Barry Crump: Collected Stories by Barry Crump (Potton & Burton, $49.99)

Crump's ex-wife Fleur Adcock has a poem titled "Six Typewriters" in my best-selling anthology The Friday Poem (Luncheon Sausage Books, 2018) which refers to her owning one of Crump's old typewriters. She writes

It’s rusting at the back of a cupboard

in case it should become collectable –

after all, he had his face on a stamp.


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

There’s a photo of her wearing a lettuce leaf on her head on page 164.

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

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

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

5 So Delish! by Simone Anderson (Allen & Unwin, $39.99)

Natalie Akoorie, New Zealand Herald: "The Commerce Commission has received a complaint about claims by influencer Simone Anderson on her secondhand clothing page that she donates money from the sales to charity....It comes after Anderson, who rose to fame in 2015 after she lost 92kg and blogged about it, shut down the Facebook page and a Trade Me account when the Herald revealed a complaint about Simone's Second Hand Wardrobe was being investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority."


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

Beautifully designed wellness diary of the seasons which includes ingenious instructions on how to make blackberry vodka, clove foot powder, weedkiller, and compost tea.

7 Māori Made Easy by Scotty Morrison (Raupo Publishing, $38)

8 A Māori Phrase a Day by Hemi Kelly (Raupo Publishing, $30)

9 Puppy Zen by Mark Vette (Random House, $45)

10 One Minute Crying Time by Barbara Ewing (Massey University Press, $39.99)

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