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


1 The last guests by JP Pomare (Hachette, $ 34.99)

Bravo to Pomaré for placing two of his thrillers in the top 10; Bravo also to the booksellers who put their work in front of the readers. The 2021 Aotearoa Book Trade Industry Awards took place on Wednesday evening. Schrödinger’s books in Petone won the Nielsen Book NZ Bookshop of the Year award. Huzzah! ReadingRoom marked its opening, in 2019; fantastic to see the store claim the top New Zealand book business honor so quickly. Other winners at this week’s ceremony included Rafael Moreira of McLeods Booksellers in Rotorua (Emerging Librarian of the Year: “His drive to support literacy and the Maori language is inspiring,” the judges said ), the brilliant and Patti Smith-ish Bridget Williams (the work of a lifetime prize), and…

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

….and AuÄ“ shared the Aotearoa Booksellers’ Choice Award with Imagine decolonization (published by BWB); and Makaro Press won the most prestigious award at the 2021 ceremony, the Nielsen Book Publisher of the Year. Congratulations to editor Mary McCallum. I wrote a letter supporting Makaro’s appointment in July. He said, in part, “Of course Makaro Press should take home the editor of the year award. They alone have seen the majesty and power in a manuscript by an unknown writer from Westport. New Zealand fiction , for the most part, is provided by the IIML Treadmill at VUP, and more recently, the University of Auckland Creative Writing Masters Program Treadmill at various publishers (Amy McDaid’s Fake baby for Penguin, Rose Carlyle’s The girl in the mirror for Allen & Unwin). But Makaro had the ingenuity and faith to part ways and return to first novelist Becky Manawatu. His book AuÄ“ is the greatest thing that has happened to New Zealand fiction in a long, long time. “

3 Double helix by Eileen Merriman (Penguin Random House, $ 36)

Oh and Rachel Eadie of Penguin Random House received the Emerging Editor of the Year award. The judges commented: “She is a Festival liaison assistant and a point of contact for the writers throughout their publishing journey. It is also very clear that the writers love her – Witi Ihimaera says she is “everything you would expect from a professional publisher.” “I met Eadie at this year’s Ockham Book Awards, and hereby give her the highest praise possible: she can hold his glass.

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

Oh and also Jessica Rice of Penguin Random House received the Vendor of the Year award. Judges: This year’s contestants had the joys of Covid to contend with … Ultimately New Zealand’s top sales reps overcame the issues and achieved strong sales results, demonstrated great relationships with their customers and have gone above and beyond to help bookstores better manage their inventory. … First of all, we would like to warmly congratulate Sharon Galey of Hachette NZ for her remarkable work this year, after her victory in this category last year. The 2021 Seller of the Year has excelled in all criteria, has been acclaimed by booksellers, authors and publishers, and has done it all outside of the industry. “

5 Tell me lies by JP Pomaré (Hachette, $ 29.99)

6 The cousins by Patricia Grace (Penguin Random House, $ 26)

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

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

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

The author recently signed a two-pound contract with Knopf in the United States.

ten Crazy Love by Rosetta Allan (Penguin Random House, $ 36)

Crazy Love is the story of a couple who fought to stay in business and together through many times of crisis. It wasn’t until three years after we lost our business and our home that my husband’s Bipolar 1 Disorder showed us his completely flexed muscles and caused a mental collapse that prompted my husband to plan an early retirement from life. Failure is a huge emotion to deal with. Sometimes the resilience to stand up and carry on just doesn’t work, ”the author wrote this week in a beautiful story for good old reading room.


1 National Identity by Simon Bridges (HarperCollins, $ 37.99)

Richard Prebble contacted Newsroom this week and wrote: “Simon Bridges sent me a copy of his biography, which means he’s a candidate for leadership. His thoughts on the book: “We are both the sons of pastors in families of six. We are also court lawyers who joined our respective parties at 16 and became youth vice-presidents. Strangely, Simon doesn’t tell us why he joined the National Party. Indeed, his political beliefs, even after reading the book, are a bit of a mystery.

“It’s a little worrying that his only comment on the economy was to paraphrase Churchill to say that capitalism is the worst of all systems but better than anything we have tried. Capitalism has taken billions out of the world. world population out of poverty I would have liked to know his perspective on the reforms of Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson which have given us 30 years of prosperity.

“I’m sure Simon is sincere when he says he liked being able to spend time with his kids. He should take advantage of it. It won’t last. A definition of a politician is the man who leaves his family to go in Wellington to talk about the importance of family values.

2 After Tampa by Abbas Nazari (Allen & Unwin, $ 36.99)

Another award from this week’s book trade ceremony: Allen & Unwin, for the NZ Book Industry Innovation award. The judges commented, “They negotiated an exemption from their distribution contract to set up a distribution partnership in New Zealand, worked out the logistics of royalty payments, double inventories, double distribution payments and have since. shipped 30,000 books across the country. “

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

4 Steve Hansen: The Legacy by Gregor Paul (HarperCollins, $ 49.99)

Final award, at this week’s book trade ceremony: Rebecca Thorne of HarperCollins, for Marketing and Advertising Strategy of the Year, leading the promotion campaign Impossible: my story by Stan Walker. Judges: “The campaign balanced different cultural and multisectoral stakeholders, merged a traditional book tour with a TV documentary, Spotify advertising, social media and Women’s weekly spreads. It was really a campaign to reach out to everyone, and it worked. “

5 Maori made easy by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $ 38)

6 Impostor by Matt Chisholm (Allen & Unwin, $ 36.99)

7 Still awake by Jessica Quinn (Allen & Unwin, $ 36.99)

8 Maori Made Easy Workbook 1 / Kete 1 by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $ 25)

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

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


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