Time Out Books: NZ Bestsellers

For the week ending 20 February 2022

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FICTION

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1. Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K.Reilly (VUP)

The longlists for this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards were announced in late January and four of the five fiction titles on the Time Out chart this week are longlisters. This smart, comedic novel set in Auckland is one of two debuts in the fiction categoryalong with Clare Moleta’s Unsheltered (Simon and Schuster).
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 2. She’s a Killer by Kirsten McDougall (VUP)

Longlisted 2: McDougall’s third novel, a ‘lively, engaging and often hilarious satirical’ story set in a New Zealand where water is an expensive commodity, restaurants have armed guards, and ‘wealthugees’ buy up land. Read Philip Matthews’ full review here.
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3. Auē by Becky Manawatu (Mākaro Press)

The biggest NZ fiction bestseller of 2021, according to the Nielsen charts, and winner of the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fictionas well as best first book of fictionat the 2020 Ockham NZ Book Awards.
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4. Loop Tracks by Sue Orr (VUP)

Longlisted 3: a novel that moves between the late 70s and contemporary lockdown Wellington. In Orr’s hands ‘the subtleties of familial and blood connections are complex, challenging and inspirational.’ Read Stephanie Johnson’s full review here.
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5. The Pink Jumpsuit by Emma Neale (Quentin Wilson Publishing)

Longlisted 4: the only short-story collection on the Ockhams longlist is a ‘contemplation of family fault lines and varieties of love’ with flights ‘into the fantastical and the peculiar.’ Read Josie Shapiro’s full review here.

 

 

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NONFICTION

 

 1. Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland by Lucy Mackintosh (BWB)

Longlisted in the Illustrated Nonfiction category at the Ockham NZ Book Awards, this has been a hit since its publication late last year, an exploration of the cultural histories of three of Auckland’s most iconic landscapes: Pukekawa (the Domain), Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) and the Ōtuataua Stonefields at Ihumātao.

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2. Aroha by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin)

Published in 2020, this compendium of one-a-week whakatauki (proverbs) continues to strike a chord. Psychiatrist Elder (Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) discusses happiness, leadership and community.

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3. After the Tampa by Abbas Nazari (Allen and Unwin)

In 2001, Nazari was one of the hundreds of Afghan refugees rescued by the cargo ship the Tampa in the Indian Ocean. Eight years old and speaking no English when his family settled in New Zealand, Nazari became a Fulbright Scholar (and rugby player), his memoir a 2021 bestseller.
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4. Times Like These by Michelle Langstone (Allen and Unwin)

A debut essay collection that explores family, grief, a career in acting and life in the Covid era. ‘Langstone’s essays give the impression of someone with an enormous capacity for gratitude and wonder for the small things.’ Read Angelique Kasmara’s full review here.
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5. Your Money, Your Future by Frances Cook (Penguin)

New year, new you: this is a ‘real-life handbook to finding financial freedom on any income’. Cook is the creator of New Zealand’s leading finance podcast Cooking the Books and author of Tales from a Financial Hot Mess.

 

 

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