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The best-selling New Zealand books this week, as recorded by Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller list and described by Steve Braunias


1 The author’s cut by Owen Marshall (Penguin Random House, $ 36)

The little story! It’s everywhere these days. Dear old ReadingRoom has helped rekindle interest in the form by publishing a new story every Saturday; Insect week, a collection of stories by writer Whanganui Airini Beautrais, won the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Jann Medlicott Prize for Fiction, and is at number 3 on this week’s chart; there are upcoming collections by Elizabeth Smither, Emma Neale and Colleen Maria Lenihan; Huia is about to publish his latest collection of Maori Writers’ Stories; a whole bunch of news writers have applied for the 2021 Surrey Hotel-Newsroom residency (deadline is tonight, Friday July 9, 11:59 p.m.); and, to wrap up a long series of semicolons, the latest collection from form grandmaster Owen Marshall climbed to number one in this week’s standings. Warmly recommended.

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

She did publish a new one once in ReadingRoom.

3 Insect week by Airini Beautrais (Victoria University Press, $ 30)

As mentioned earlier in the Owen Marshall Gossip, above.

4 Rangikura by Tayi Tibble (Victoria University Press, $ 25)

The hot-blooded author wrote in his cover article for Canvas last weekend, “It’s hard to be an island girl when you live in Wellington, the city known for its bad weather and temperamental, notoriously strong winds from the violent Cook Strait and so on. . the feeling that by living here you start to get used to it and think that this is normal. Often times, I will travel elsewhere and be wary of the calm, the air around me, all warm and reasonable. In Wellington we are lucky if we get about 20 reasonable days a year and on those days you will see the whole city crashing into Oriental Bay, eating pink sherbet ice cream with an air of despair. . “

5 Loop tracks by Sue Orr (Victoria University Press, $ 35)

According to a review by Paddy Richardson, to good old ReadingRoom: “It is a novel rich in reflections and debates on issues such as drug addiction, aging, autism, abortion and euthanasia; should men have a say in abortion; Should government control how we should end our lives? Should we trust logic or emotions? ..Loop tracks is a remarkable novel, beautifully and sensitively written. “

6 Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K. Reilly (Victoria University Press, $ 35)

She doesn’t have a library.

7 Back to you by Tammy Robinson (Hachette, $ 29.99)

8 Bewitched by Catherine Robertson (Penguin Random House, $ 36)

9 The cousins by Patricia Grace (Penguin Random House, $ 26.00)

ten Blood on the vines by Madeleine Eskedahl (Squabbling Sparrows Press, $ 34.95)


1 Labor saving by Michael Cullen (Allen & Unwin, $ 49.99)

Sometimes Cullen writes in personal details. We learn about his childhood, his affair and subsequent divorce, his depression and other health issues he has faced. But while something like the enactment of the Law on local government reform takes a number of pages, these important personal issues are not discussed. I would have loved to learn the texture of his fear and how he exploited it, the smell of the rooms etc. They would have given the book more humanity… It is honest and accurate work of history, despite his failure to inspect the most personal aspects of a serious New Zealand politician and his time “: from a review by good old Simon Bridges, in the reading room

2 Aroha by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin Random House, $ 30)

3 Tikanga by Francis Tipene & Kaiora Tipene (HarperCollins, $ 39.99)

4 Mental form by Paul Wood (HarperCollins, $ 36.99)

Self-help by an ex-convict.

5 Matariki by Rangi Matamua (Huia Publishers, $ 35)

6 A life in the countryside by Philippa Cameron (Allen & Unwin, $ 45)

7 Super good by Chelsea Winter (Penguin Random House, $ 50)

8 The treasure of the forage by Johanna Knox (Allen & Unwin, $ 45)

9 Kiwi Farmers Life Guide by Tim Fulton (David Bateman, $ 39.99)

The stories of 25 farmers and their families. Fulton said Thing, “There are mowers in there, there are agricultural scientists and really a lot of people.”

ten The Abundant Garden by Niva Kay & Yotam Kay (Allen & Unwin, $ 45)

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