The book everyone wants so they can achieve their life goals is THE SHOPS (Luncheon Sausage Books, $40), featuring a personal essay by Steve Braunias and 44 colour photographs by Peter Black.

It was named as one of the best arts books of 2016 in the New Zealand Herald: "Essayist Steve Braunias and photographer Peter Black are both (in Shakespeare's great phrase) 'pickers-up of unconsidered trifles', so the idea (Braunias is publisher as well as author) of putting them together in a book was inspired, while Katrina Duncan's clean unfussy design makes the most of their encounter...Braunias' essay about his childhood fascination with small-town shops and their messy back doorways is also a moving chapter of autobiography, while Black's photographs of shop windows, signs and shabby exteriors are poignant and curiously uplifting; his use of colour - sometimes sparing, sometimes blatant - is extraordinary."

It was also been named one of the 20 best books of non-fiction published in 2016, by the Spinoff Review of Books. The editor, Steve Braunias, is no relation.

Reviewers have included Tilly Lloyd on National Radio's 9 to Noon show ("wonderful...a work of art") and Mark Amery at The Big Idea ("sweet...melancholic").

It reached the number one spot on the weekly best-seller list at Unity Books in Auckland, and the number two spot at Unity's store in Wellington.

Direct orders can be made by contacting our head office at stephen11@xtra.co.nz or by visiting what is known as a shop. As follows, a list of stockists. 

Auckland: Unity Books, Paper Plus Newmarket, UBS, Book Lover, Whitcoulls High St, Poppies Remuera, possibly Time Out in Mt Eden

Hamilton - Poppies, possibly

New Plymouth - Poppies, possibly

Tauranga - Books A Plenty

Havelock North - Poppies, and possibly also Wardinis

Palmerston North - Bruce McKenzie, possibly

Wellington - Unity Books, Victoria Boooks, Marsden Books, Whitcoulls Lambton Quay

Nelson - Page & Blackmore

Christchurch - both Scorpio Books, UBS, possibly Paper Plus Merivale, Picaddily Books, Whitcoulls

Dunedin - UBS