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Mates & Lovers Tops Unity’s Top 20

Unity Books is a Wellington institution. Year after year it’s named Wellington’s best bookshop by papers and magazines that like to run such lists. It’s the bookshop of choice for many of the capital’s most discerning readers and so it’s with great pleasure that the Scoop Review of Books brings you Unity’s Top 20 for July 08. And from now on we’ll publish The Unity Top 20 monthly. (To our regret we’ve only reviewed two of the books on this month’s list. Links to those are provided.)

Mates & Lovers a History of Gay NZ by CHRIS BRICKELL , Godwit (NZ)
Rehearsal by ELEANOR CATTON, Victoria University Press
Novel About My Wife By EMILY PERKINS, Bloomsbury (UK)
Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress by DAI SIJIE, Vintage (UK)
Without a Soul to Move by WILLIAM DEWEY, Lawrence & Gibson
Rita Angus: An Artists Life by JILL TREVELYANn Te Papa Press (NZ)
Peaceful Pill Handbook by PHILIP NITSCHKE Exit International
Echo Maker 07 by RICHARD POWERS Vintage (UK)
The Bolger Years by MARGARET CLARK Dunmore Press (NZ)
House of Spirits by ISABEL ALLENDE Black Swan (UK)
Alfred & Emily by DORIS LESSING by Harper Collins
Rita Angus Life & Vision by JILL TREVELYAN Te Papa Press (NZ)
Age of the Warrior by ROBERT FISK Harper Collins
Globalisation Democracy & Terrorism by ERIC HOBSBAWM Abacus (UK)
Moonlight NZ Poems on Death & Dying Edited ANDREW JOHNSTON Godwit (NZ)
Road Home by ROSE TREMAIN Vintage (UK)
Earth Ocean Sky Traditional Maori Stories by A W REED & ROSS CALMAN Raupo Publishing
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by DAVID SEDARIS Little Brown
Sport 36 Edited by FERGUS BARROWMAN Sport (NZ)
Death of a Salesman by ARTHUR MILLER Penguin