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 Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox (Victoria University Press, $35.00)

Too popular to be shortlisted for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand book awards.

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

Too popular to be longlisted for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand book awards.

3 Shakti by Rajorshi Chakraborti (Penguin Random House, $36.00)

4 In the Clearing by JP Pomare (Hachette, $34.99)

“It’s a great book. You excitedly follow every twist and turn, slap yourself on the forehead with sudden realisation, and then, finally, comes the cruelest twist of all and your head gets another wallop”: Bill Ralston, from his rave review at ReadingRoom.

5 2000ft Above Worry Level by Eamonn Marra (Victoria University Press, $30.00)

ReadingRoom looks forward to publishing a short story from the episodic novel “about a man between the ages of 19 and 29 who is depressed“.

6 Caging Skies by Christine Leunens (Penguin Random House, $38.00)

7 A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh (Hachette, $34.99)

8 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35.00)

Hurrah! A popular book that made the shortlist this week for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand book awards.

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

10 Barry Crump by Barry Crump (Potton & Burton, $49.99)

Barry Crump!


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


2 Life as a Casketeer by Francis Tipene & Kaiora Tipene (HarperCollins, $39.99)

The New Zealand way of death.

3 Vegful by Nadia Lim (Nude Food, $55.00)

Nadia Lim!

4 Māori Made Easy by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $38.00)

5 The Longest Day by Matt Calman (Allen & Unwin, $32.99)

6 The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith (Allen & Unwin, $24.99)

7 A Māori Phrase a Day by Hemi Kelly (Penguin Random House, $30.00)

8 Puppy Zen by Mark Vette (Penguin Random House, $45.00)

9 Tūrangawaewae by Ella Kahu & Richard Shaw & Trudie Cain (Massey University Press, $49.99)

Publisher’s blurbology: “How do we understand what makes New Zealand complex and unique? And what creates a sense of belonging and identity? This book illuminates Massey University’s BA paper ‘Tūrangawaewae‘, a programme for thinkers and participants in New Zealand and global society. Its chapters follow the sequence of the paper’s lectures; as often as possible, cited print texts are reproduced in full, and links to audio and visual material are displayed at key points. Tūrangawaewae will excite students to read widely and dig more deeply.”

10 Māori Made Easy Workbook 1/Kete 1 by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $25.00)

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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