This week’s best selling books

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This week’s best selling New Zealand books as featured in the Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller list and described by Steve Braunias


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

2 Well Viro by Gina Cole (Huia Publishers, $35)

Sci-Fi from New Zealand’s most imaginative publisher. Blurbology: “Sphereship navigator Tia Grom-Eddy, who appears before the head of the academy for fighting at her graduation ceremony, must either join the crew of a starship on a space mission or complete a lengthy probationary period on Earth. Scared to death of space travel, Tia chooses probation.”

3 wintertime by Laurence Fearnley (Penguin Random House, $36)

From a very admiring review on ReadingRoom on Thursday by Owen Marshall: “Laurence Fearnley’s new novel wintertime has two major strengths, and the first of these is the setting. Most of the story takes place in Mackenzie Country on the South Island, at the lake and village she calls Matariki, but based on a clearly recognizable Tekapo. She’s dedicated to other tasks in the region, and her loyalty to them is obvious.

“… This setting is not only authentic, it reflects the emotional state of the novel’s protagonist, a physical and visual complement to the emotional state of Roland March, the character whose creation is the novel’s second strength. Roland’s winter is not dissatisfaction, but rather heartache, loneliness and uneasiness. Raised in Matariki but never comfortable with the rural lifestyle, after an unproductive stint at university he moved to Sydney to run a health food store with his partner Leon.

4 The Leonard Girls by Deborah Chalinor (HarperCollins, $36.99)

5 Eddy, Eddy by Kate De Goldi (Allen & Unwin, $29.99)

Paddy Richardson will be reviewing De Goldi’s novel in ReadingRoom next week.

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

7 How to Loite in a Turf War by Coco Solid (Penguin Random House, $28)

8th Mrs. Jewell and the wreck of the General Grant by Cristina Sanders (The Cuba Press, $37)

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

10 Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers, $35)


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

Next to it is the author of the most popular book of 2022 solo Author Hazel Phillips next month at the Auckland Writers Festival.

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

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

4 A calm kitchen by Nici Wickes (David Bateman, $45)

New cookbook. From the NZ Booklovers website: “Now in her middle age, Nici enjoys a slower pace and is content to live with her beloved cat Joshua in their tiny home in a small coastal community. Each chapter begins with a short story about a different phase of her life, followed by recipes that she enjoyed at the time. Many of these are for single servings. “I may be single, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing the nurturing quality of home-cooked food or the celebration of a simple but fabulous feast,” she writes. She cooks herself a proper dinner every night. But when you live alone, you can treat yourself and eat puddings any time of the day Crumbles and fruit sponges are her favorites Single-serve recipes are hard to find and often a bit surly Cookbook authors seem unaware of the fact that there are many single people who… interested in good food and cooking. These people will love Nici’s recipes.”

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

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

7 Solo: Outback Adventures in Aotearoa, New Zealand by Hazel Phillips (Massey University Press, $39.99)

From an excerpt appeared in the ReadingRoom on Tuesday: “I started solo hitchhiking after my friend David told me I couldn’t. I used to organize group hitchhiking trips almost every weekend and I usually carried more than my fair share of gear, figuring out the route and making the meal plans and cooking. But there were trips I wanted to take — usually longer ones — and I couldn’t find friends who were on the same crazy side as me. Eventually it occurred to me that I would do just as much planning, organizing and carrying if I was traveling alone. The only difference would be that I would be, well, alone.”

8th Imagine decolonization by Rebecca Kiddle & Bianca Elkington & Moana Jackson (Bridget Williams Books, $14.99)

A small, perfectly timed book that has sold a staggering 10,000 copies.

9 A gentle radical by Gareth Hughes (Allen & Unwin, $39.99)

Uncritical portrait of the deceased leader of the Greens. Another book on New Zealand’s political leadership will be published next week. It’s much more critical.

10 Edmond’s Cookbook (Fully Revised) by Goodman Fielder (Hachette, $34.99)

First published 1908; an article of faith, a founding document; the New Zealand way of life, an ode to the stove; and the enduring legacy of Christchurch grocer Thomas J. Edmonds, whose interests included the Radiant Health movement, founded to “study and practice solar plexus breathing.”

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