New Zealand’s Top Books For the Last 10 Years

New Zealand’s Top Books For the Last 10 Years

With only five weeks left until Christmas, shoppers are already considering which books will make for great presents for those keen readers in their lives. If you’re looking to buy a tried and tested title, start by looking at the last 10 years of number one books sold in New Zealand based on the copies sold that year.

Over the last 10 years, the books that took out the annual number one spot have varied from autobiographies, cook books, children’s books, and romance novels, making it anybody’s game to take out the number one spot in 2018. Regardless of the variety in genres, it’s clear that Kiwis love to support local authors with six of the 10 number one titles being from New Zealand Authors.


While it’s difficult to predict which title will take out the number one spot for 2018, we can already see some contenders by looking at the number of copies sold thus far in New Zealand’s book stores. For the year to date, here are the top three titles by copies sold:

  • Non Fiction: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (Mark Manson), Steven Adams: My Life, My Fight (Steven Adams), Eat (Chelsea Winter)
  • Fiction: Still Me (Jojo Moyes), Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman), The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris)
  • Children’s books: The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths), The World’s Worst Children 3 (David Walliams), Pee Wee the Lonely Kiwi Finds a New Friend (Blair Cooper)


Nielsen BookScan is the world’s first continuous retail sales monitoring service for print books, based on electronic point of sale data collected directly from tills and dispatch systems.

Nielsen BookScan monitors sales from high street and internet book shops, supermarkets, museums, specialist shops and independent bookshops in ten territories: UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.