This week’s biggest-selling New Zealand books, as recorded by the Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller list and described by Steve Braunias.


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


2 The Feel Good Guide by Matilda Green (Allen & Unwin, $39.99)


3 Two Raw Sisters by Margo & Rosa Flanagan (David Bateman, $39.99)

Vegetarian recipes.

4 Jacinda Ardern by Michelle Duff (Allen & Unwin, $39.99)


5 Taming the Wild by Kelly Wilson (Penguin Random House, $45)

Horse training.

6 All of This is For You by Ruby Jones (Penguin Random House, $24)

Nice drawings.

7 Puppy Zen by Mark Vette (Penguin Random House, $45)

Dog training.

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

Stress self-helper.

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

Stress self-helper.

10 Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty by Rachel Hunter & Emma Clifton (David Bateman, $39.99)



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

“Knox’s writing has an extreme, dramatic intensity, both visual and emotional, an exactness, and an elegance of expression which result in an effect that is utterly convincing and at times profoundly alarming….The Absolute Book is a tour de force”: from Jane Stafford’s rave review at ReadingRoom.

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

“It concerns Sharn, a university lecturer who loses her job. Her friends and family drop away, and she needs to figure out who she is – and so she constructs herself as a perfume…The writing is evocative. Her craft is well-polished. But for me I admit I got a bit drowned in the detail of fragrances…It’s a mixed bag for me”: from a passive-aggressive review by Louise O’Brien, 9 to Noon.

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

4 Caging Skies by Christine Leunens (Penguin Random House, $38)

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

“It begins with a troubling scene of domestic violence. A young woman is in a bathroom hacking at her long hair with a pair of tiny scissors. She is interrupted by an angry man who attempts to finish the job with a pair of hair clippers. She makes a run for the front door, but he stops her, dragging her back to the bathroom to finish the job. She screams. He hits her. Exactly why this couple are hiding in a remote house somewhere in New Zealand will gradually emerge …Call Me Evie might best be described as a psychological thriller with shades of domestic noir. And it’s an impressive debut for the New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based author:” from a rave review in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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

7 This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman (Penguin Random House, $38)

Award-winning novel based on the life and death of Albert Black, who was convicted of murder and hanged in Mt Eden jail in 1956. The author wrote to justice minister Andrew Little several months ago urging the government to investigate it as a miscarriage of justice. We asked her on Thursday: “Heard anything yet?” Her reply: “Not a word. Not hopeful. I need to write to him again. Oh that bloody woman, his secretary will say.”

8 Small Holes in the Silence by Hone Tuwhare (Penguin Random House, $40)

Collected poems, eg:

I can hear you
making small holes
in the silence

9 How to Live by Helen Rickerby (Auckland University Press, $24.99)

Poems, eg

I would like to be able to say that it was patriarchy that stopped me talking on social media, but it wasn’t, not


10 Heloise by Mandy Hager (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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