Unity Books is an independent New Zealand bookseller. It has a flagship store in Wellington, and a location in Auckland with separate adult and children's bookshops.[1]

Unity Books logo

The business was founded by Alan Preston in 1967.[2]

Wellington storeEdit

In 2012, the Wellington store celebrated its 45 anniversary, although it has only been at its current location for 16 years.[2] The store, on Willis Street in central Wellington, was renovated and expanded in 2011.[3] The store is co-owned and managed by Tilly Lloyd.[4]

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.[5]

Notable eventsEdit

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.[6]

In August 2014, Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics was launched at the store with a media pack and crowd of approximately 250.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ "Unity Books". unitybooks.nz. Unity Books.
  2. ^ a b Keber, Ruth (13 September 2012). "45 years of Unity Books". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  3. ^ Shelton, Lindsay (31 May 2011). "A celebration at Unity Books, and other favourite places". Wellington.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  4. ^ Dekker. Dianna (4 May 2013). "Meet Tilly Lloyd of Unity Books". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Just in time: News about Gift Vouchers". Unity Books. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Wong, Simon (13 August 2014). "Nicky Hager book shows National's 'dirty politics'". 3 News. Retrieved 14 August 2014.

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