1 The Invisible Load by Dr Libby Weaver (Little Green Frog Publishing, $39.95)

Stress self-helper with emphasis on things like irritable bowel syndrome.

2 Perform Under Pressure by Ceri Evans (HarperCollins, $39.99)

Pressure self-helper with emphasis on things like feeling chill but not too chill.

3 Brothers in Black by Jamie Wall (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)


4 The Brilliance of Birds by Skye Wishart & Edin Whitehead (Penguin Random House, $55)


5 The Note Through the Wire by Doug Gold (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

Wartime love story.

6 Māori Made Easy Workbook 1/Kete 1 by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $25)

Te reo self-helper.

7 Māori Made Easy by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $38)

8 Māori at Work by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $35)

9 The New Everyday (Hachette, $39.99)

The latest Food in a Minute cookbook prepared by cordon bleu chef Di Swann; includes the meal of the nation, mac and cheese.

10 How to Escape from Prison by Paul Wood (HarperCollins, $37.99)

Freedom from your negative thoughts self-helper.


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

“An epic 650-page novel that moves between real and fantasy worlds. Its likeable human protagonist, Taryn Cornick, encounters demons, fairy people and talking birds. In one early scene, ordinary characters in a contemporary French town are transported into a parallel universe…I enjoyed it outrageously:” Charlotte Grimshaw, the Listener.

2 Scented by Laurence Fearnley (Penguin Random House, $38)

3 When It All Went to Custard by Danielle Hawkins (HarperCollins, $35)

4 Call Me Evie by JP Pomare (Hachette, $24.99)

“Genuinely devastated”, wrote the author on Twitter this week, in response to the news that Maketū Pies was placed in receivership. His thriller is set Maketū.  Former employee Ronnie Tapsell-Walters told Bay of Plenty Times reporter Zoe Hunter, “It has employed so much of Maketū. For a lot of them that is their only income for the house.”

5 Lost and Somewhere Else by Jenny Bornholdt (Victoria University Press, $25)

Poetry, eg:

Where do I stand?


in the little square of sunlight

by the back door.

6 A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino (Hachette, $24.99)

7 Moth Hour by Anne Kennedy (Auckland University Press, $24.99)

Poetry, eg:

Letter to Philip in Heaven or Hell or on the cloud

of unknowing. We’re still suspended here, as ever.

8 Legacy by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers, $25)

YA Māori fiction.

9 Whatever it Takes by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press, $37.99)

10 The Gulf Between by Maxine Alterio (Penguin Random House, $38)

Steve Braunias is the literary editor of Newsroom's books section ReadingRoom, a noted writer at the NZ Herald, and the author of 10 books.

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