The best-selling books at the two best bookshops in the English-speaking world.
1 Good Sons: A Novel of the Great War by Greg Hall (Mary Egan Publishing, $32)
“Greg Hall says his first novel is the perfect tribute to family members with strong Oamaru links who fought during World War 1. Mr Hall, born in Oamaru and now based in Auckland, has written Good Sons, a novel that focuses on three young Oamaru men – Frank Wilson, Tom Davis and Robert Sutherland – growing up in early 1914 as war looms in Europe”: Daniel Birchfield, Oamaru Mail.
2 Idaho by Emily Ruskovich (Chatto & Windus, $37)
The novel everyone is buying and reading right now. In a word: heavy.
3 The New Zealand Project by Max Harris (Bridget Williams Books, $40)
The Twitter bio of the author, a PhD student, gives you some idea of his new book: “Progressive politics, incarceration, decolonisation, constitutional law, + other stuff.”
4 Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Windmill Books, $26)
The year’s most talked-about novel – in 2015.
5 Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities by Bettany Hughes (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $38)
6 Disobedient Teaching: Surviving & Creating Change in Education by Welby Ings (Otago University Press, $35)
From the Monday excerpt at the Spinoff Review of Books: “Disobedient teaching is what happens when you close the door on your classroom or office and try unconventional things because your professional compass tells you that it is right.”
7 Hit & Run: the NZ SAS in Afghanistan & The Meaning of Honour by Nicky hager and Jon Stephenson (Potton & Burton, $35)
8 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury, $33)
“With Lincoln in the Bardo, Saunders has achieved nothing less than expanded the form of the novel”: Wyoming Paul, the Spinoff Review of Books.
9 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury, $30)
The goddess Sigyn is often depicted holding a bowl over Loki to catch the venom of a serpent to prevent it from burning him.
10 The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Oneworld Publications, $28)
Dude’s coming to the AWF.
1 The New Zealand Project by Max Harris (Bridget Williams Books, $40)
2 Rants in the Dark by Emily Writes (Penguin, $35)
Funny and practical parenting guide by the jewel in the Spinoff’s crown.
3 Can You Tolerate This by Ashleigh Young (Victoria University Press, $30)
4 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury, $30)
5 Why I Am Not A Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin (Black Inc, $30)
“Crispin rightly calls out the rich feminists, the racist feminists, and the lazy and entitled feminists who’ve lost touch with their less advantaged sisters”: Los Angeles Times.
6 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis by J D Vance (HarperCollins, $35)
“Raw”: Josh Hetherington, Spinoff Review of Books.
7 Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities by Bettany Hughes (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, $38)
8 The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Piatkus, $28)
9 Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova (Granta, $40)
“Fascinating”: Garth Cartwright, the Spinoff Review of Books.
10 Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz (Michael Joseph, $37)
Tough mofo beats the shit out of dudes who get in his way. A lot of dudes get in his way.
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