The only published and available best-selling indie book list in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded each week in Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland and Willis St, Wellington.
1 How to stroll in a turf war by Coco Solid (Penguin, $ 28)
Semi-autobiographical novel by the polymath Jessica Hansell (Ngāpuhi / Sāmoa). Here is a typical fantastic section:
“Everyone in the family loves Sheena. A sweet kid, a job with family discounts, she’s good at violent sports, and she’s a charismatic drunk. Sheena was also born into what Q calls ‘invisible old age,’ which means she’s somehow always been allowed to put people in their place ever since she was a child.That’s probably why she pimples people out to live by now and that is why defending Q is like breathing for her . ”
2 Freezing Order: A true story of money laundering, murder and survival of Vladimir Putin’s anger by Bill Browder (Simon & Schuster, $ 38)
NPR: I have to ask, how are you still doing with us given the story Vladimir Putin has about how he settled fights with opponents?
BROWDER: Well, he would definitely kill me. He has threatened me with death, with kidnapping. Eight Interpol arrest warrants have been issued against me. I was even arrested in Madrid a few years ago. The reason I’m still here is that in the midst of all this, Putin always kept one foot in the civilized world and one foot in the criminal world. He wanted to go to the G-20 conference. He wanted to host international sporting events and so on. And even though he was actively planning assassinations, including my own, he probably decided at some point that it would hurt his chances of being in the civilized world to kill me. So he did nothing outrageous during that period. Now he has got both feet in the criminal world by launching this incredible murderous invasion of Ukraine. So my own personal risk has increased exponentially.
3 Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921 by Antony Beevor (Viking, $ 60)
‘Military historian Antony Beevor is best known for his books Stalingrad and Berlin, which, as their titles suggest, focused on a single place and two clearly defined sets of combatants. The dimensions of his venture with Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921 are on a much larger and more frightening scale.
However, he is a wonderfully clear writer who gathers the extensive material with great fervor and understanding. “
4 first-person singular by Haruki Murakami (Arrow Books, $ 24)
5 Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers, $ 35)
Rightful winner of this year’s Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction; also a story that will, as the narrator (a monstrous birdwoman) warns, make a nest in your brain.
6 Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly (Te Herenga Waka University Press, $ 35)
The voice is the thing in this marvelous debut novel; to get a feel for it, here’s Reilly in a recent essay on Shortland Street:
“I do not remember a time when we never saw Shortland Street. We saw it on our 14-inch TV, which did not have a remote control and was later stolen while we were in the park for Christmas. We saw it on our replacement. 14-inch TV with remote, which I remember picking up from Bond + Bond with the insurance payout, and felt very glamorous about being robbed and getting a new TV out of it.We wanted to watch it on vacation at the Motel Six in Hamilton or at my grandmother’s. After the landlord sold our unit, we moved to Whenuapai, and I became briefly interested in the outdoors (to roller skate in a circle on the deck and take my scooter to the dairy), but I was always back. inside to Shortland Street, even though there was poor reception there and you had to keep the antenna in the right place. “
7 Horse by Geraldine Brooks (Hachette, $ 38)
Standfirsts is supposed to sum it all up, so here’s one from The Washington Post:
“Pulitzer Prize-winning Geraldine Brooks’ latest book is a sweeping tale that uses the true story of a famous 19th-century racehorse to explore the roots and heritage of slavery.”
8 Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes (Jonathan Cape UK, $ 40)
A novel about an inspiring teacher, so to speak. Here is the very good last line of a very good Guardian review: “Elizabeth Finch is a work that is stubbornly determined to deny us its joys, even if it suggests what they might have been. “
9 Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris (Little, Brown, $ 35)
A contrast to the state of affairs, perhaps?
10 Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach (Simon & Schuster, $ 35)
Stronach is a favorite of this Spinoff, and we love the rebooted version of his debut, a sci-fi fantasy built around mushrooms and pirates – so did Tamsyn Muir:
“Soon I stopped thinking condescendingly about how brave it was and started thinking about how good it was. The Dawnhounds is a homecoming for New Zealand fantasy. It certainly stands on the shoulders of existing Kiwi giants, but it is part of a brave new generation that is sticking its fingers in the US SFF market and fighting copywriters for every Australian phrase or idiom. “
1 A Cluster of Stars, A Cluster of Stories: Matariki Around the World by Rangi Matamua and Miriama Kamo, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (Scholastic, $ 35)
A radically beautiful children’s book, large and hard-baked, full of science and stars. And what an absolute dream to have Isobel on illos – she is a good tier.
2 A gentle radical: Jeanette Fitzsimon’s life by Gareth Hughes (Allen & Unwin, $ 40)
3 To imagine decolonization by Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton, and Amanda Thomas (Bridget Williams Books, $ 15)
After all, it’s the week to imagine.
4 Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921 by Antony Beevor (Viking, $ 60)
5 Freezing Order: A true story of money laundering, murder and survival of Vladimir Putin’s anger by Bill Browder (Simon & Schuster, $ 38)
6 Wellington Architecture: A Hiking Guide by John Walsh & Patrick Reynolds (Massey University Press, $ 25)
Left, right, left, right…
7 Matariki: Star of the Year by Rangi Matamua (Huia Publishers, $ 35)
Via the indomitable Huia Publishers:
“What is Matariki? Why did Māori observe Matariki? How did Māori traditionally celebrate Matariki? When and how should Matariki be celebrated?
Based on research and interviews with Maori experts, this book seeks answers to these questions and exploring what Matariki was in the traditional sense, so it can be understood and celebrated in today’s society. “
8 Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris (Little, Brown, $ 35)
9 Houses by Jenny Pattrick (Black Swan, $ 36)
Via Kete Books:
The acclaimed author of historical fiction Jenny Pattrick returns with her 10th novel, starting with Martha and Huw Pengellin, a young couple in Newport, Wales in the late 1830s who barely survived and live in a of many identical, rat-infested ‘caves’.’ with their baby Alfie. “
10 Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (Text, $ 40)
Via the New York Times:
“The Japanese-American novelist Ruth Ozeki is an animator. I do not think she produces graphic novels or manga or anime, although her work has the adventurous feel of some anime films. I think she endows objects and animals with anima , the breath of life. Ozeki is adept at magically realistic fiction and animates the world. Everything in her universe, down to a pane and a widget, has a psyche and a degree of action and can communicate, albeit with the few people who have made the power to understand them. ”