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)

A review by Lydia Wevers of Challinor’s novel set in King’s Cross, in 1964, is forthcoming at Reading Room.

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

Number 30 in the latest

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

“You sometimes hear people say Nixon is overlooked as a contemporary New Zealand writer. I doubt that’s true: he wins prizes, he’s been picked to represent New Zealand in international markets and he sells books both here and overseas. But like Owen Marshall, and perhaps Maurice Gee, who are both obvious influences, he is occasionally written off as a regionalist concerned with his own fenced-off section of the country. That isn’t a strictly accurate description either, but it is fair to say that Nixon has never been fashionable. Yet he is an enormously competent, highly skilled and accessible writer who successfully straddles the gulf between literary and commercial worlds. The Tally Stick​ is an efficient, gripping story, a Kiwi Gothic thriller that is confidently and economically told”: from a review by Philip Matthews at the Academy of New Zealand Literature.

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

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

“Pellegrino has carved a deservedly best-selling niche with her warm, generous tales of Italy. Tiny Pieces of Us is grittier and more emotional than much of her work. Its story opens with 16-year-old Jamie, a promising young man on the threshold of life, meeting with a fatal accident as he cycles home from school. His end brings new beginnings, thanks to the decision made by his anguished mother, Grace, to allow his organs to be donated… You might need your hanky for the ending, but it’s life-affirming too”: Charity Norman, from her review at ReadingRoom.

6 The Telling Time by PJ McKay (Polako Press, $34.95)

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

The author on Twitter, about her debut novel now in its 12th week on the best-seller chart: “I went into my Masters of Creative Writing course [at Auckland University] with a novel about a milliner come taxidermist. One day while wearing a cat on her head she meets a man… As cool as that sounds, with instruction & feedback I completed something a whole lot better & more me.”

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

A review by Lydia Wevers of the author’s historical novel based on the life of New Zealand colonist Jerningham Wakefield is forthcoming at Reading Room.

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

Number 48 in the latest Whitcoulls Top 100.

10 Where the Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti (Penguin Random House, $38)


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

Spirited telling of Kiwi war hero Charles Upham; it’s Father’s Day on Sunday.

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

Diaries of a Kiwi soldier in WW1; it’s Father’s Day on Sunday.

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

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

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

Features in the latest Whitcoulls Top 100.

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

Reflections of a Kiwi farmer; it’s Father’s Day on Sunday.

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

Lots of photographs of awesome cars held in Kiwi private and public collections; it’s Father’s Day on Sunday.

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

Yarns about Kiwi bushmen, scrub-cutters, hunters and shepherds; it’s Father’s Day on Sunday.

9 The Quick and the Dead by Cynric Temple-Camp (HarperCollins, $39.99)

Yarns by a Kiwi pathologist; it’s Father’s Day on Sunday.

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

Rugby and that; it’s Father’s Day on Sunday.

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