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

FICTION

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

David Hill will review Pattrick’s latest historical novel in ReadingRoom next week.

2 The Leonard Girls by Deborah Challinor (HarperCollins, $36.99)

The busy David Hill will also review Challinor’s latest historical novel in ReadingRoom next week.

3 How to Loiter In a Turf War by Coco Solid (Penguin Random House, $28)

From a review by Angelique Kasmara, at Kete: “The plot is simple: three friends navigate their way around Tāmaki Makaurau during a sweltering summer, dealing with issues of identity, family and bus services. The fresh, energetic prose jostles alongside poetry, essay excerpts from (fictional) author and academic Piopi Ruta-Chris, line drawings and a photo gallery which makes for a swift read. Although it’s referred to as a ‘novel’ on the front cover, it’s more novella in volume and a connector between the genre-dissolving anarchy of zine culture and more traditional literary work….An exciting, whip-smart read.”

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

Awarded the Hubert Church Prize for best first book of fiction at the Ockham awards on Wednesday evening.

5 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35)M

6 Notorious by Olivia Hayfield (Hachette, $34.99)

Publisher’s blurbology: ” Everyone’s heard of the Snows. Belle, lead singer of world-famous rock band Woodville. Her husband Teddy, acclaimed actor by day, notorious party animal by night. Their daughter Emma wants three things in the world: to become a writer, own a cat, and never think about Rowan Bosworth again. Darkly handsome with a tragic past, Emma should know better than to be in love with him. She’s never sure whether he actually likes her, or if she’s just a pawn in one of the twisted games he likes to play.

“One Valentine’s Day, a terrible event occurs that will rip the Snow family apart – Emma’s little brothers go missing. Determined to uncover the truth behind their disappearance, Emma is forced to delve into the dark past of her celebrity family – and once and for all decide whether to think with her heart or her head.”

7 Loop Tracks by Sue Orr (Victoria University Press, $35)

The subject of Orr’s 2021 novel, reprinted last week: abortion. “A timely reprint”, her publisher Fergus Barrowman noted on the Twitter machine; and the author tweeted, “Would a really smart publisher in the US of A like to publish this zeitgeist novel?”

8 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2022 by Tracey Slaughter (Massey University Press, $37)

9 The Fish by Lloyd Jones (Penguin Random House, $36)

10 Nine Lives of Kitty K. by Margaret Mills (Mary Egan Publishing, $34.99)

The author is 93 this year.

NON-FICTION

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

There is a huge public appetite for the tales of living off the land as told by the Longs, who brand themselves as New Zealand’s most remote family, situated at Gorge River in South Westland. The dad wrote a book about their experiences around 10 years ago and that was a best-seller. Chris is the son, and his book has held the number one spot these past four weeks. And there is more to come: I heard at the Ockham book awards this week that Chris’s sister is also writing a book, telling what it’s like from her perspective.

2 The Bookseller at the End of the World by Ruth Shaw (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

3 Grand by Noelle McCarthy (Penguin Random House, $35)

4 Simple Wholefoods by Sophie Steevens (Allen & Unwin, $49.99)

5 Salad by Margo Flanagan & Rosa Flanagan (Allen & Unwin, $45)

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

The author will join a stellar cast of all-wahine Māori (Miriama Kamo, Anika Moa, Stacy Morrison, others) at M9, a kind of hybrid stage show of talk and performance at Auckland’s Civic Theatre on Friday, June 17. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

7 Letters to You by Jazz Thornton (Penguin Random House, $30)

The author and her dance partner Brad Coleman were judged first place with 29/30 on the scoreboard in Monday night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. They are pictured, below.

A New Zealand author (right).

8 I am Autistic by Chanelle Moriah (Allen & Unwin, $29.99)

9 Natural Care by Wendyl Nissen (Allen & Unwin, $45)

10 The Forager’s Treasury by Johanna Knox (Allen & Unwin, $45)

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

FICTION

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

David Hill will review Pattrick’s latest historical novel in ReadingRoom next week.

2 The Leonard Girls by Deborah Challinor (HarperCollins, $36.99)

The busy David Hill will also review Challinor’s latest historical novel in ReadingRoom next week.

3 How to Loiter In a Turf War by Coco Solid (Penguin Random House, $28)

From a review by Angelique Kasmara, at Kete: “The plot is simple: three friends navigate their way around Tāmaki Makaurau during a sweltering summer, dealing with issues of identity, family and bus services. The fresh, energetic prose jostles alongside poetry, essay excerpts from (fictional) author and academic Piopi Ruta-Chris, line drawings and a photo gallery which makes for a swift read. Although it’s referred to as a ‘novel’ on the front cover, it’s more novella in volume and a connector between the genre-dissolving anarchy of zine culture and more traditional literary work….An exciting, whip-smart read.”

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

Awarded the Hubert Church Prize for best first book of fiction at the Ockham awards on Wednesday evening.

5 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $35)M

6 Notorious by Olivia Hayfield (Hachette, $34.99)

Publisher’s blurbology: ” Everyone’s heard of the Snows. Belle, lead singer of world-famous rock band Woodville. Her husband Teddy, acclaimed actor by day, notorious party animal by night. Their daughter Emma wants three things in the world: to become a writer, own a cat, and never think about Rowan Bosworth again. Darkly handsome with a tragic past, Emma should know better than to be in love with him. She’s never sure whether he actually likes her, or if she’s just a pawn in one of the twisted games he likes to play.

“One Valentine’s Day, a terrible event occurs that will rip the Snow family apart – Emma’s little brothers go missing. Determined to uncover the truth behind their disappearance, Emma is forced to delve into the dark past of her celebrity family – and once and for all decide whether to think with her heart or her head.”

7 Loop Tracks by Sue Orr (Victoria University Press, $35)

The subject of Orr’s 2021 novel, reprinted last week: abortion. “A timely reprint”, her publisher Fergus Barrowman noted on the Twitter machine; and the author tweeted, “Would a really smart publisher in the US of A like to publish this zeitgeist novel?”

8 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2022 by Tracey Slaughter (Massey University Press, $37)

9 The Fish by Lloyd Jones (Penguin Random House, $36)

10 Nine Lives of Kitty K. by Margaret Mills (Mary Egan Publishing, $34.99)

The author is 93 this year.

NON-FICTION

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

There is a huge public appetite for the tales of living off the land as told by the Longs, who brand themselves as New Zealand’s most remote family, situated at Gorge River in South Westland. The dad wrote a book about their experiences around 10 years ago and that was a best-seller. Chris is the son, and his book has held the number one spot these past four weeks. And there is more to come: I heard at the Ockham book awards this week that Chris’s sister is also writing a book, telling what it’s like from her perspective.

2 The Bookseller at the End of the World by Ruth Shaw (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

3 Grand by Noelle McCarthy (Penguin Random House, $35)

4 Simple Wholefoods by Sophie Steevens (Allen & Unwin, $49.99)

5 Salad by Margo Flanagan & Rosa Flanagan (Allen & Unwin, $45)

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

The author will join a stellar cast of all-wahine Māori (Miriama Kamo, Anika Moa, Stacy Morrison, others) at M9, a kind of hybrid stage show of talk and performance at Auckland’s Civic Theatre on Friday, June 17. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

7 Letters to You by Jazz Thornton (Penguin Random House, $30)

The author and her dance partner Brad Coleman were judged first place with 29/30 on the scoreboard in Monday night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. They are pictured, below.

A New Zealand author (right).

8 I am Autistic by Chanelle Moriah (Allen & Unwin, $29.99)

9 Natural Care by Wendyl Nissen (Allen & Unwin, $45)

10 The Forager’s Treasury by Johanna Knox (Allen & Unwin, $45)

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