This week’s best-selling New Zealand books, included on Nielsen BookScan New Zealand’s bestseller list and described by Steve Braunias
1 The last guests by JP Pomare (Hachette, $ 34.99)
Bravo to Pomare for two of his crime novels in the top 10; Bravo also to the booksellers who present his works to the readers. The Aotearoa Book Trade Industry Awards 2021 took place on Wednesday evening. Schrödinger’s books in Petone received the Nielsen Book NZ Bookshop of the Year Award. Huzza! ReadingRoom celebrated its opening, in 2019; It is fantastic to see the store quickly becoming the New Zealand bookstore’s top honors. This week’s award winners also included Rafael Moreira of McLeods Booksellers in Rotorua (Emerging Bookseller of the Year: “His urge to support literacy and Māori language is inspiring,” said the jury), the brilliant and Patti Smith-like Bridget Williams (Lifetime Achievement Award) and …
2 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $ 35)
….and Auē announced the Aotearoa Booksellers’ Choice Award Imagine decolonization (published by BWB); and Makaro Press really won the most prestigious award, Nielsen Book Publisher of the Year, at the 2021 ceremony. Congratulations to publisher Mary McCallum. I wrote a letter back in July supporting Makaro’s nomination. It read in part: “Of course Makaro Press should win the Editor of the Year Award. You alone saw the majesty and power in a manuscript by an unknown writer from Westport. New Zealand fiction is largely moving off the conveyor belt from IIML to VUP and in recent years the conveyor belt from Auckland University’s Masters of Creative Writing program to various publishers (Amy McDaid’s Wrong baby for penguin, Rose Carlyle The girl in the mirror for Allen & Unwin). But Makaro had the ingenuity and faith to break free and endorse debut novelist Becky Manawatu. Her book Auē 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 from Penguin Random House were named Emerging Publisher of the Year. The judges commented, “She is a festival liaison assistant and a point of contact for writers on their publishing tours. It’s also very clear that writers love her – Witi Ihimaera says that she is ‘everything you want a professional publishing house to be’. ” I met Eadie at this year’s Ockham Book Awards and hereby give her the highest possible praise: She can hold her drink.
4th The author’s cut by Owen Marshall (Penguin Random House, $ 36)
Oh yes, and Jessica Rice from Penguin Random House was also named Saleswoman of the Year. Judge: “This year’s contestants had the joys of Covid they struggled with … Ultimately, New Zealand’s best salespeople got over the issues and achieved strong sales results, demonstrated excellent relationships with their customers and also helped bookstores better manage their inventory. First of all, we would like to commend Sharon Galey from Hachette NZ for her outstanding work last year, following her win in this category last year. The seller of the year 2021 surpassed himself in all criteria, gained recognition from booksellers, authors and publishers and achieved all of this from outside the industry. “
5 Tell me lies by JP Pomare (Hachette, $ 29.99)
6th cousins by Patricia Grace (Penguin Random House, $ 26)
7th Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K. Reilly (Victoria University Press, $ 35)
8th Loop tracks by Sue Orr (Victoria University Press, $ 35)
9 Rangikura by Tayi Tibble (Victoria University Press, $ 25)
The author recently signed a contract for two books with a button in the USA.
10 Crazy love by Rosetta Allan (Penguin Random House, $ 36)
“Crazy love is the story of a couple who struggled through many times of crisis to stay in business and together. It wasn’t until three years after we lost our business and home that my husband’s bipolar 1 disorder showed us its muscles fully flexed and caused a mental breakdown that led my husband to plan an early retirement from life. Failure is a huge emotion to deal with. Sometimes the resilience of getting up and moving on just doesn’t work, “the author wrote in a beautiful story for this week good old reading room.
1 National Identity by Simon Bridges (HarperCollins, $ 37.99)
Richard Prebble reached out to Newsroom this week and wrote, “Simon Bridges sent me a copy of his biography which means he’s a contender for leadership.” His thoughts on the book: “We are both sons of pastors in families of six. We are also court attorneys who joined our respective parties at 16 and became youth vice presidents. Oddly enough, Simon doesn’t tell us why he joined the National Party. In fact, even after reading the book, his political beliefs are a mystery.
“It’s a bit disturbing that his only comment on economics was to paraphrase Churchill to say that capitalism is the worst of all systems, but better than anything else we’ve tried. Capitalism lifted billions of the world’s population out of poverty I would have liked to have known his views on Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson’s reforms that have brought us 30 years of prosperity.
“I’m sure Simon is sincere when he says he enjoyed being with his kids. He should enjoy it. It won’t last. One definition of a politician is the man who leaves his family to talk to Wellington. ” about the importance of family values. “
2 After the Tampa by Abbas Nazari (Allen & Unwin, $ 36.99)
Another award from this week’s bookselling ceremony: Allen & Unwin, for the NZ Book Industry Innovation Award. The judges commented, “They brokered an exception to their distribution agreement to set up a distribution partnership in New Zealand, worked out the logistics of royalty payments, double inventory, double distribution payments and since then have shipped 30,000 books across the country.”
3 Aroha by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin Random House, $ 30)
4th Steve Hansen: The Legacy by Gregor Paul (HarperCollins, $ 49.99)
This week’s bookselling ceremony closing award: Rebecca Thorne of HarperCollins for Marketing and Promotion Strategy of the Year leading the promotion campaign Impossible: my story by Stan Walker. Jurors: “The campaign balanced various cultural and cross-industry stakeholders, a traditional book tour with television documentaries, Spotify advertising, social media and Women’s week spreading. It was really a reach out campaign and it worked. “
5 Māori made easy by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $ 38)
6th Impostor by Matt Chisholm (Allen & Unwin, $ 36.99)
7th Still standing by Jessica Quinn (Allen & Unwin, $ 36.99)
8th Māori made easy Workbook 1 / Kete 1 by Scotty Morrison (Penguin Random House, $ 25)
9 Labor saving by Michael Cullen (Allen & Unwin, $ 49.99)
10 The lush garden by Niya Kay & Yotam Kay (Allen & Unwin, $ 45)