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 The Jacaranda House by Deborah Challinor (HarperCollins, $36.99)

Challinor's novel set in King's Cross, in 1964, was described by Catherine Raynes on Jack Tame's Newstalk ZB show, but she didn't actually say what she thought of it.

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

The Westport novelist features in the Christchurch WORD literary festival next month.

3 State Highway One by Sam Coley (Hachette, $34.99)

4 The Tally Stick by Carl Nixon (Penguin Random House, $36)

5 Tiny Pieces of Us by Nicky Pellegrino (Hachette, $34.99)

6 The Murder Club by Nikki Crutchley (Oak House Press, $34.99)

Sales of the author's third crime novel were evidently brisk when she launched it at PaperPlus in Cambridge.

7 The Silence of Snow by Eileen Merriman (Penguin Random House, $36)

"I cried actual page-blurring tears reading the latest novel by Auckland writer Eileen Merriman. Jodi Waterstone comes from a family of medics. At 24, she's just started work as a junior doctor in Nelson, where she's struggling to cope with the long hours, exhaustion and pressure, and questioning whether she's made the right career choice. Enter anaesthetist Rory MacBride… Blaming himself for a routine surgical procedure gone wrong, he's coping with the stress of traumatic flashbacks by quietly self-medicating with an array of drugs at his disposal. Will Rory self-destruct? Can Jodi’s love save him? Will their relationship and careers survive? This is the heart of the story": Nicky Pellegrino, from her review at at ReadingRoom.

8 The Telling Time by P. J. McKay (Polako Press, $34.95)

9 The Swimmers by Chloe Lane (Victoria University Press, $30)

"Chloe Lane is a master of comic writing. Many scenes in her debut novel The Swimmers are pushed to within a breath of their absurd limit - and nothing in its serious presentation or grave subject matter suggests how funny it is": Annaleese Jochems, from her review at ReadingRoom.

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

Barry Crump! The man they forgot to cancel.


1 Searching for Charlie by Tom Scott (Upstart Press, $49.99)

2 Raw & Free by Sophie Steevens (Allen & Unwin, $45)

Plant-based recipes, including this one for green lentils, with kale, capers, mint and hemp salad:

1 cup green lentils, rinsed

1 litre (35 fl oz) water

1 bunch cavolo nero or curly kale, stems removed and finely chopped

handful fresh mint leaves

¾ cup currants

¼ cup capers

1 large spring onion, sliced

¹∕8 teaspoon white pepper

¼ cup hempseeds

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

¾ cup raw almonds, chopped

1 large lemon, halved

To serve

fresh mint leaves

lemon wedges

Place the lentils and water in a saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20–25 minutes, until soft. Drain. Tip the lentils into a large bowl along with the kale, mint, currants, capers, spring onion, pepper, hempseeds, balsamic vinegar and half of the almonds. Squeeze over the lemon juice and toss to combine.

To serve, place the salad in a serving bowl and scatter over the remaining almonds. Garnish with mint and serve with lemon wedges.

Leave in bowl, and run like hell to the closest McDonald's.

3 Pull No Punches by Judith Collins (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)


4 Into the Unknown by Ian Trafford (Penguin Random House, $38)

5 Facing the Haka by Andy Burt & Jamie Wall (Allen & Unwin, $59.99)

6 Tough Country by Mike Bellamy (HarperCollins, $36.99)

7 Hiakai by Monique Fiso (Penguin Random House, $65)

8 Automania by Don Jessen (David Bateman, $49.99)

Cars! Below, a photo I took this week of a car at Al's Mechanical Repairs in Te Atatu.

9 Māori Made Fun by Scotty Morrison & Stacey Morrison (Penguin Random House, $25)

10 This Farming Life by Tim Saunders (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

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