The best-selling books of the week

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


1 Eddy, Eddy by Kate DeGoldi (Allen & Unwin, $29.99)

The author will speak with President Liz Grant at the WORD Christchurch Literary Festival on Sunday 4th September about his latest novel, which is set in Christchurch in the aftermath of the earthquakes.

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

3 Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly (Te Herenga Waka University Press, $35)

The author will appear alongside Christchurch novelist Chloe Lane and Wellington writer Sue Orr at the Christchurch WORD Literary Festival on Friday afternoon (today September 2).

4 Poor people with money by Dominic Hoey (Penguin Random House, $37)

“The plot of my new novel is about fights, drugs and money. But I think it’s really about what we have to endure to try to achieve our dreams”: the author, in a self-portrait published this week in ReadingRoom.

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

The author is joined by writer Tina Makareti and others in a theatrical event dedicated to Keri Hulme at the WORD Christchurch Literary Festival on Friday evening (tonight September 2).

6 Return to Harikoa Bay by Owen Marshall (Penguin Random House, $37)

“Koru Club”, a story from the master’s latest collection, is published in ReadingRoom tomorrow (Saturday).

seven the bad woman by JP Pomare (Hachette, $36.99)

8 A message for villain by Roderick Fry (Penguin Random House, $39.99)

The Auckland furniture designer’s novel is set in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation during World War II.

9 Godfrey Cheathem’s Last Letter by Luke Elworthy (The Wairau Diversion, $35)

“I lost my virginity at Centrepoint when I was fifteen, to someone a year younger than me. Older women repeatedly proposed to me – ‘do you want to leave with me?’ “I always ran away. Their behavior was predatory, it seems to me now, and declining their offers made me feel uncomfortable and confused. Sometimes I wanted to go with them, but with Hindsight, I’m so glad I didn’t. . None of this seemed fair, but it didn’t constitute abuse”: the author, in a self-portrait published last week in ReadingRoom.

Nice pastiche cover.

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

The author will appear alongside Murdoch Stevens, whose novel Highland Road may be the best novel of 2022, WORD Christchurch Literary Festival on Saturday afternoon (tomorrow, September 3).


1 Ross Taylor: black and white by Paul Thomas (Upstart Press, $49.99)

James Borrowdale’s thoughtful examination of a largely thoughtless sports biography will appear next week in ReadingRoom.

2 Yes Minister by Christopher Finlayson (Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

The author will be chaired by Kim Hill at the WORD Christchurch Literary Festival on Sunday afternoon (September 4).

3 Everyday Favorites by Vanya Insull (Allen & Unwin, $39.99)

4 Son of a good and passionate man by The Crump Brothers (Penguin Random House, $38)

5 own it by Brad Smeele (Allen & Unwin, $39.99)

In 2014, on a Florida lake, the great wakeboarder was filming a difficult double-spin ramp-to-ramp jump he had pioneered when he was paralyzed in a failed landing. It’s his story.

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

seven how to be a bad muslim by Mohamed Hassan (Penguin Random House, $35)

The author will talk about his identity at the Christchurch WORD Literary Festival on Friday afternoon (today September 3).

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

9 Jumping Sundays by Nick Bollinger (Auckland University Press, $49.99)

“There’s a lot of BLERTA and Geoff Murphy and Bruno Lawrence, real Renaissance hippie. There’s Tim Shadbolt who’s groundbreaking and confusing and hugely engaging… There’s Nick’s dad, Con [Bollinger] helping Cock publishers find a way to publish subversive literature when no printer is forcing it… There are expatriate legends like John Esam, poet, psychonaut, travel consultant. Here he is the first person charged in the UK with possession of LSD”: according to a review by leading man David Slack, of Bollinger’s entertaining social story about New Zealand’s counterculture.

Generic lazy swirl blanket.

ten Tikanga by Keri Opai (Upstart Press, $39.99)

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