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


1 Accommodation by Jenny Pattrick (Penguin Random House, $36)

In a typically excellent profile by Philip Matthews at Things, the author of the year’s best-selling novel said: ‘This is my first time writing in a Maori female voice, and I felt a bit nervous about doing it , but I thought, for heaven’s sake, we’re all human, and we all have these emotions and I should be able to imagine it. If I can imagine a Welsh person, I should be able to imagine a Maori person, and how they might think and talk. I was waiting for someone to take me back, but so far no problem.

2 Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Editors, $35)

3 Mrs Jewell and the wreck of the General Grant by Cristina Sanders (Cuba Press, $37)

Number three – with, I guess, a bullet. Sanders’ latest historical novel has the potential to sell his socks off. Context of his book in ReadingRoom she wrote: “The general grant is a ship that was wrecked on the Auckland Islands in 1866 carrying cargo that included an undetermined amount of gold and 83 passengers. Eighteen months later, 10 survivors were rescued by a whaling brig and taken to Invercargill, where they told their story to a delighted audience. The wreckage was never found. Mrs Jewell and the wreck of the General Grant is my fictional interpretation of what happened to the 14 men and one woman who survived and lived as castaways on a dark and stormy subantarctic island.”

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

5 The Leonard girls by Deborah Challinor (HarperCollins, $36.99)

6 How to hang out in a turf war by Coco Solid (Penguin Random House, $28)

seven Winter hour by Laurence Fearnley (Penguin Random House, $36)

“As someone who has spent most of my life on the South Island, first in Fairlie and then in Christchurch and Dunedin, I feel very drawn to the area,” she said. day in an interview. his latest novel, about a man who returns to a small town in Mackenzie Country (clearly based on Tekapo), is one of the best novels of the year and a definite contender for the 2023 Ockham New Zealand National Book Awards.

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

9 sheep truck by Peter Olds (Cold Hub Press, $19.95)

“Perhaps the last true survivor of the 1960s school of those who write under the influence in search of inner visions,” as David Eggleton once described it, Olds was with Baxter in Jerusalem, wowed with his 1972 classic collection Poems V-8won the Burns Fellowship in 1978 and is considered by Roger Hickin of Cold Hub Press to be Dunedin’s “unofficial poet laureate”. sheep truck includes a poem about a Dunedin Public Library security guard who sounds like Charles Bukowski:

It’s a cry

come to the library every day

and spot Bukowski

on the stairs where

two rickety floors meet

–– where on the walls

a Hotere and a McCahon

seem to be the only things

holding the whole joint together

ten Surprised by hope by John Gibb (Cold Hub Press, $28)

Poems, including one about a man who wakes up on a beach and is reminded of childhood, and…

something loved,

something full of promise of salty air, as if

he was a lost and spinning seagull, or a piece

of flying paper swirling in a tide of glassy wind.


1 Matariki: star of the year by Rangi Matamua (Huia Editors, $35)

Professor Rangi Matamua won the 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Award, the first Maori scientist to receive the award, in 2020 he was awarded the Callaghan Medal for Science Communication from the Royal Society Te Apārangi, and in 2021 was elected member of the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

2 Yum by Nadia Lim (Nude Food Inc, $55)

3 The Boy from Gorge River by Chris Long (HarperCollins, $39.99)

4 The bookstore at the end of the world by Ruth Shaw (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

The author will appear at a sold-out event at the Marlborough Book Festival next weekend in Blenheim. Events by Sue Orr (author of Loop tracks) and Colleen Shipley (author of Wrens under the radar) are also exhausted; and according to the festival site, my event next Saturday, talking about my crime novel Missing persons, is “almost sold out”. O brave people of Blenheim and surrounding districts! Move, and move fast; the feast is full of interest and kindness; tickets are $25 to $30; the list of authors includes Lloyd Jones, Rebecca K Reilly, Paula Morris, Kirsten McDougall, Patricia Grace and Kate de Goldi. We’ll see each other there! Does Blenheim have a good bakery?

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

6 Solo by Hazel Phillips (Massey University Press, $39.99)

Superb book in praise of women mountaineers, with a superb cover.

seven A Gentle Radical: The Life of Jeanette Fitzsimmons by Gareth Hughes (Allen & Unwin, $39.99)

In my opinion from Hughes’s biography of the late politician who represented the Values ​​Party, then the Greens: “One of the greatest challenges facing the Values, then the Greens, was the particular notion shared by the two parties that it was not there was no need for a leader Almighty God Hughes rightly plays these years in A nice radical like a sweet comedy. There is also a great LOL moment when he writes about a values ​​conference held at Rathkeale College in Wairarapa on Easter 1979. One of the speakers had laryngitis. But she really needed to get her point across because it was probably very important. Hughes: ‘She whispered into the microphone’.”

8 i am autistic by Chanelle Moriah (Allen & Unwin, $29.99)

In a beautiful piece of passionate writing at ReadingRoom earlier this year the author wrote, “People think I don’t look or look autistic because I can speak eloquently, because I can sit in front of a camera or a microphone and describe my experiences, because I’m sociable, because I don’t rock or clap in front of you… This begs the question: what do people with autism look like? Someone who only talks about trains or doesn’t talk at all? Are you expecting a math whiz or someone who doesn’t understand social conversation? Are you expecting Sheldon Cooper? Rain Man? Or even Music Gamble?”

9 grand by Noelle McCarthy (Penguin Random House, $35)

Half the year is over; and McCarthy’s memoir remains the best book of 2022.

ten Simple whole foods by Sophie Steevens (Allen & Unwin, $49.99)

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