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 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