Daily Maverick Best Sellers August 2019

Our list is compiled from print sales data and other sources. It represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 31 July 2019, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Months on the list:  4
Previous rank: 1

#1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

by Mark Manson
Zen and the art of running out of f*cks to give, on purpose, as quickly as possible. People aren’t just born not giving a f*ck, after all: you’ve got to learn it. Start here
New on the list

#2. The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club

by Pieter du Toit

Pieter du Toit is back with a new blockbuster. Released mid-month, it’s already charting in the top 5. The author examines South Africa’s “club” of winelands billionaires to determine whether the town has an outsized influence on business and society.

Months on the list:  4
Previous rank: 3

#3. The 5am Club

by Robin Sharma

Own your mornings, master your life – and try not to think too hard about the book two spots above this one in the rankings, lest you stop giving a f*ck about being an early riser and conquering all challenges in your path.

Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 2

#4. Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope

by Mark Manson
It’s a bit f*cking unfair that Manson has two titles in the Top Ten, but his formula is irresistible. He tackles the question of how to be an optimist in a world going to sh*t.
New on the list

#5. Knife: A Harry Hole Novel

by Jo Nesbo

Harry Hole is back! And facing a deadly foe: the first killer he put behind bars, the notorious Svein Finne.

Months on the list:  4
Previous rank: 9

#6. Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grownup

by Sam Beckbessinger
You don’t know how to budget for your lunch breaks, much less your life. You haven’t asked for a raise in years and you have too many credit cards in your wallet. This book will sort you out. This book is the book to f*cking get. Great to see it back in the top 10.
New on the list

#7. Becoming

by Michelle Obama

Obama returns to the bestseller list after a few months away. We’re still hoping this is the first book in a trilogy that’s followed by Becoming President and Becoming President Again.

New on the list

#8. The World’s Worst Teachers

by David Walliams

Walliams’ delightfully dreadful collection of the most gruesome grown-ups ever, the worst teachers in the world. Illustrated, as always, by the superb Tony Ross.

Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 6

#9. City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of Eat, Pray, Love has delivered a novel of glamour, sex, and adventure in 1940s New York that, according to one critic, pairs well with a cocktail or two.
New on the list

#10. Living Coloured (Because Black & White Were Already Taken)

by Yusuf Daniels

Daniels’ funny, poignant memoir, written as a series of vignettes on Coloured life on the Cape Flats and surrounds. Online reviews have gushed with praise.