The only best-selling independent book list published and available in New Zealand is the weekly top 10 sales chart recorded by Unity Books in Auckland’s High Street and Wellington’s Willis Street stores.
1 course Ian McEwan (Jonathon Cape, $37)
New novel by literary guru Ian McEwan. The publisher’s press releases a fascinating summary:
“While the world was still calculating the cost of World War II and the Iron Curtain had fallen, the life of young Roland Baines was turned upside down. Trapped in a boarding school, his fragility attracted his piano teacher Miriam Tom Cornell, with scars and memories of love that will never fade.
“Twenty-five years later, as radiation from the Chernobyl disaster spreads across Europe and Roland’s wife mysteriously disappears, he is forced to confront the reality of his rootless existence and find answers in family history.
“From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change, Roland has sometimes followed the tide of history, but more often he has fought against it. Beset by lost opportunities, he seeks solace in every possible way – literature, travel , friendship, drugs, politics, sex and love.”
2 before your memory fades Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Picador, $25)
A new Japanese time-travel cafe novel in the series Before the Coffee Chilled. bafflingeveryone is reading it.
3 English text of the Treaty of Waitangi Ned Fletcher (Bridget Williams Books, $70)
Legal historian Ned Fletcher spoke to the New Zealand Herald about his new book – arguably the most important reading of the year: “A very strong point in our history is that the two texts of treaties are not reconciled, they are wrong, Translation, this is most likely a deliberate mistranslation, and the treaty is a fraud.
“The main difference between me and the academic mainstream in New Zealand is that I think the two texts are indeed in harmony, and sovereignty is not a monolithic beast that means absolute indivisible, total power, but sovereignty as used in treaties is a compatible government and law pluralism, which means sovereign or kāwanatanga in harmony with rangatiratanga.
“And on the UK side, they’re very happy with the idea of Māori continuing to manage their own affairs.”
4 Kurangay Gallery Whiti Hereaka (Hua Press, $35)
Winner of this year’s Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction and the just-announced Allen & Unwin Award for Best Business Book for Adults PANZ Book Design Awards. According to essa may ranapiri, the literary vessel hot gay.
5 First Person Singular: Stories Haruki Murakami (vintage, $24)
A short story by a master of magical realism published by Takashi Murakami Poetic dump By Michelle Langstone.
6 what we lose in the water Eric Nguyen (vintage, $37)
Best-selling and exciting debut novel about an immigrant Vietnamese family settling in New Orleans, leaving behind one of their family members.
7 The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living By Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman (Archive Books, $28)
Readers triumphantly say, “Forget about coffee. This is my new daily pick-me-up.”
8 Yes, Minister: Insider’s Account of John Key Years By Chris Finlayson (Allen & Unwin, $37)
Essential reading for politicians in life. The taster, via Toby Manhire, here.
9 Song of Achilles Madeleine Miller (Bloomsbury, $25)
A 2011 novel that brought readers to tears, it has regained enthusiasm since the phenomenon. Book Tok.
10 life ritual Sayaka Murata (Granta, $33)
Treatment time! A collection of short stories by Sayaka Murata, author of the best-selling book Convenience Store Girl, has just been translated into English. The publisher describes the stories as “weird, out of this world, like anything you’ve read before.” One short story was about a girl’s obsession with her curtains, another was about the way people eat the dead to honor them…so we’d say, yeah, that sounds about right.
1 missed bullet Richard Osman (Viking, $37)
The third book in the Thursday Murder Club series has been published, and Wellington is delighted to give these mystery-solving retirees another shot.
2 imagine decolonization By Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton, and Amanda Thomas (Bridget Williams Books, $15)
As shiny and popular as it was just born.
3 Nona Nine Via Tamsyn Muir (Tor, $38)
The third book in the Locked Tomb fantasy series has been published. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “typically brilliant.”
4 course Ian McEwan (Jonathon Cape, $37)
5 marriage portrait Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf, $38)
Following the success of her historical novel Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell tells the story of the life and suspicious premature death of Lucrezia, the third daughter of Florentine ruler Cosimo I de’ Medici.it got from guardian (“Adapting melodrama to appeal to a progressive audience in the 21st century”) and New York Times (“ridiculous”).
6 Undoctored: The story of a doctor who ran out of patients Adam Kay (The Trapeze, $38)
New non-fiction from the super-bestselling author, It Will Hurt, Adam Kay tells all about his experiences as a junior doctor in the NHS. Is Undoctored as good as its predecessor? These people say yes:
“Fantastic—even better than it would hurt.” – Jacqueline Wilson
“Each point is as interesting as the first, and every point is as strong, surprising, and unwavering.” – David Whitehouse
7 English text of the Treaty of Waitangi Ned Fletcher (Bridget Williams Books, $70)
8 we don’t know ourselves Fintan O’Toole (Head of Zeus, $37)
The new history of modern Ireland begins with O’Toole’s birth in 1958, the year the Irish government opened the country to foreign investment.This New York Times Writes: “Indeed, it is not a memoir, nor an absolute history, nor a wholly personal reflection or creed of twilight. In fact, all these things spiral together: his life, his country, his Thoughts, his doubts, his anger, his pride, his doubts, all of which ultimately belong to us.”
9 I’m glad my mom died Jennette McCurdy (Simon & Schuster, $56)
iCarly and Sam & Cat actor Jennette McCurdy have released a critically acclaimed confessional memoir. Despite her thought-provoking experiences as a child actor — eating disorders, addictions, and a highly dysregulated relationship with her mother — the book is still described by Time as “very funny” and Shondaland as “laugh-loud- Interesting” and “Very Interesting” in The New York Times.
10 before the coffee gets cold Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Picador, $20)
The original time-travel cafe novel, which gets a boost before your memory fades away.