WELCOME! Unity Books is an award-winning independent bookshop comprised of two sister-stores in Wellington and Auckland. We do everything we can to already have what you want on the shelves, but we also pride ourselves on being expert book hunters, and we’re happy to help you track down anything that you like. We excel at special orders and can import odd, mysterious titles from across oceans just for you. Your best options are these:
- Use the simple form on the CONTACT US page to send a message to us.
- SHOP ONLINE and have books delivered to your doorstep! Our courier service usually takes 1-3 working days and all stock is shipped from our Wellington store – if you specifically want something from our Auckland store you’ll need to contact them directly (see the details below).
- Phone either of the stores on the details below.
57 Willis Street
Ph. 04 499 4245
For over 45 years Unity Books Wellington has relied on two kinds of daily traffic – an extraordinary mix of people, and the fabulously ‘forward’ selection of books. Over the years we’ve added unimaginable levels of RAM, a permanent microphone for gigs, a big juicy ON-LINE shop and a lamentable section of vampire porn. But Alan Preston’s original concept is all still there and we still believe in it. We lean on our good past, but we look outwards towards the books, the people and the street.
19 High Street
Ph. 09 307 0731
Monday-Friday 8.30am – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
In 1989 Jo McColl and Nigel Cox (dearly loved, sadly departed) were given free rein by Alan Preston, then owner of Unity Books, to interpret the Auckland market. In Nigel’s immortal words:
If bookshops are compared to a summer’s day, which one comes up smelling of roses? If bookshops were horticulturalists, which one knows its onions? If small is beautiful, Unity is still very attractive. If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, meet me by the philosophy shelves. If Dorothy Parker shopped at Unity, I wouldn’t be surprised.