Unity is what all bookstores should be: a good collection of global newspapers by the door, a room stacked to the gills with curated books and magazines, and an extremely well-read staff. Three people is a crowd here; 30 is a very civilized riot. —Nat Cheshire
19 High St., 64/(0) 9-307-0731. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue. Read more about Nat Cheshire's Britomart neighborhood of Auckland.
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Something that sings, that argues
“What’s in Unity Books? ᴥ Something that sings ᴥ That argues ᴥ That tells a story ᴥ Something wonderful ᴥ Something that can see the future ᴥ Something that seduces ᴥ Excites” so says the wrap-around wording of the most interesting book store in Auckland.
A gem in High St, I’ve been to many book stores but never one where I’ve asked for “books on the former Yugoslavia between 1991-1995” and had three personally pulled from random shelves by the assistant.
This great bookstore specializes in New Zealand authors, though they carry a wide variety of international books too. Run by book lovers who are happy to help, this is the place to find a good vacation read, travel guide or Kiwi-inspired souvenir cookbook (perhaps Al Brown's Depot). Special orders come from the original Unity Books in Wellington, and there's a good selection of original children's books from the Welly-based Gecko Press.