Unity Books

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Unity Books is an independent bookseller, with one shop in Wellington and Auckland respectively. Unity Books was founded by Alan Preston in 1967.[1]

Wellington store[edit]

In 2012, the Wellington store celebrated its 45 anniversary, although it has only been at its current location for 16 years.[1] The store, on Willis Street in central Wellington, was renovated and expanded in 2011.[2] The store is co-owned and managed by Tilly Lloyd.[3]

Unity Books Wellington is part of the "Culture Vulture" scheme, whereby customers can buy vouchers and redeem them at any of Unity Books, Slow Boat Records, or Aro Video.[4]

Notable events[edit]

Unity Books runs approximately 45 author events and launches per year and the shop works extensive off-site events as well. Except for 2 Festivals, Unity Books has been the contracted bookseller for Writers and Readers Week, the most intellectually muscled of the NZ literary festivals. In October 2013, Eleanor Catton's Man Booker prize-winning The Luminaries was launched at the store.[5]

In August 2014, Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics was launched at the store with a media pack and crowd of approximately 250.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ a b Keber, Ruth (13 September 2012). "45 years of Unity Books". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Shelton, Lindsay (31 May 2011). "A celebration at Unity Books, and other favourite places". Wellington.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Dekker. Dianna (4 May 2013). "Meet Tilly Lloyd of Unity Books". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Just in time: News about Gift Vouchers". Unity Books. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "PHOTOS: Award-winning novel attracted an over-full house to its launch at Unity Books". Scoop.co.nz. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Craig Potton Publishing (13 August 2014). "Dirty Politics: Nicky Hager's new book on the Key Government launched at Unity". Scoop. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  7. ^ David Fisher and Adam Bennet (13 August 2014). "Hager book: 'You will not believe what you read'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Wong, Simon (13 August 2014). "Nicky Hager book shows National's 'dirty politics'". 3 News. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 

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