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Daily Maverick Best Sellers August 2020

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 25 July 2020, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

The 5 AM Club
Months on the list:  15
Previous rank: 3

#1. The 5am Club

by Robin Sharma

Own your mornings, master your life – Sharma’s book has stayed, like Mark Manson’s Subtle Art, on the best seller list for a full year.

Read all about being an early riser and conquering all challenges in your path

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Months on the list:  15
Previous rank: 4

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

#4. Bassie: My Journey of Hope

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

A Daily Maverick best seller for a full fourteen months.

DM Call of the Raven
Months on the list:  4
Previous rank: 1

#3. Call of the Raven

by Wilbur Smith with Corban Addison

The son of a wealthy plantation owner and a doting mother, Mungo St John is accustomed to the wealth and luxuries his privilege has afforded him. That is until he returns from university to discover his family ruined, his inheritance stolen and his childhood sweetheart, Camilla, taken by the conniving Chester Marion. 

The Alchemist
Months on the list: 3
Previous Rank: 8

#4. The Alchemist

by Paolo Coehlo

This classic (and perennial top 100 title, originally published in 1988) is a fable whose central message is to pursue your dreams by following your heart.

Lazy Makoti
Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 10

#5. The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

by Mogau Seshoene

The first appearance of Mogau’s bestseller on this list. She takes into consideration all the different occasions a South African kitchen might have to cater for. The recipes use simple ingredients that are probably already in your pantry or fridge, and if not, they’re readily available at the grocery. No more excuses – it’s time to step into those domestic goddess stilettos.

12 Rules
Months on the list:  2
Previous Rank: 7

#6. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B Peterson

The first appearance of Peterson’s international bestseller on this list. What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. 

DM The Boy The Mole The Fox
Months on the list: 4
Previous rank: 6

#7. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse

by Charlie Macksey

‘Feeling a little blue? Meet the new Winnie the Pooh.’ —The Daily Mail Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons. The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos.
Months on the list:  NEW

#8. Merk

by Rudie van Rensburg

Kassie Kasselman is terug… 

Terug by die Spookeenheid word hy en kollega Rooi Els dadelik by die diep kant ingegooi: Hulle moet ’n reeksverkragter vastrek – een wat sy slagoffers met ’n brandyster merk. Is die skuldige die man wat beskryf word as “’n weerwolf met die sperm van ’n wildehond”? Of lê die antwoord by die spesifieke merk wat hy op sy slagoffers laat?  

manage your money
Months on the list:  NEW
(Previous No. 8, JUN 2020)

#9. 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 this SA local title back in the top 10.

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Months on the list:  NEW

#10. Camino Winds

by John Grisham

The new thriller in Grisham’s Camino Island series, featuring novelist heroine Mercer Mann. There’s trouble in paradise: welcome back to Camino Island, where anything can happen – even a murder in the midst of a hurricane, which might prove to be the ultimate crime …