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Daily Maverick Best Sellers August 2021

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 24 July 2021, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

The Missing Sister
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 1

#1. The Missing Sister

by Lucinda Riley

The seventh instalment in the multimillion-copy epic series, The Seven Sisters.

The six D’Aplièse sisters have each been on their own incredible journey to discover their heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered: who and where is the seventh sister?

They only have one clue – an image of a star-shaped emerald ring. . .
Subtle Art_250
Months on the list:  27
Previous rank: 2

#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

Manson’s book has been a Daily Maverick best seller for a full twenty-six months.

DM The Boy The Mole The Fox
Months on the list: 5
Previous rank: 3

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

by Charlie Mackesy

‘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:  3
Previous rank: 7

#4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The ‘no. 1 personal finance book of all time’, first published 24 years ago.

The Boy Who Never Gave Up
Months on the list: NEW

#5. The Boy Who Never Gave Up – A Refugee’s Epic Journey to Triumph

by Emmanuel Taban

In 1994, sixteen-year-old Emmanuel Taban walked out of war-torn Sudan with nothing, and nowhere to go. In the preceding months, he was abducted and then tortured by government forces. He arrived in South Africa penniless, but eventually completed his medical studies. After specialising as a pulmonologist in 2018, he made a ground-breaking discovery around the treatment of COVID-19 patients. This is his story.


Months on the list: NEW

#6. Suspects

by Lesley Pearse

The enthralling new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author.

When Nina and Conrad move into their new home in Willow Close a body is discovered.
Hurrying inside, they see horrified neighbours gather by the police cordon – one of the residents has been attacked and brutally killed in the woods. Believing someone must have seen the murderer, the police interview all the residents and soon find out that each neighbour harbours their own secrets.

Months on the list: 3
Previous rank: 3
Combines English & Afrikaans sales

#7. Fortunes: The Rise and Rise of Afrikaner Tycoons

by Ebbe Dommisse

A handful of Afrikaners have risen to the very top of the business world in South Africa in the past three decades, some of them now dollar billionaires with vast global business interests.

Based predominantly on personal interviews, Fortunes reveals why these men turn whatever they touch to gold. Work ethic, astute alliances and an appetite for risk have catapulted them to great heights – and how the sensational collapse of Markus Jooste’s Steinhoff International  almost destroyed some of them.

The 5 AM Club
Months on the list:  NEW
Previous no. 7, Jun 21

#8. The 5am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life

by Robin Sharma

Own your mornings, master your life – Sharma’s book has featured, like Mark Manson’s Subtle Art, on the best seller list for almost two years.

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

The Alchemist
Months on the list: NEW
Previous no. 4, Sep 20

#9. 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.

The Profiler Diaries
Months on the list: NEW

#10. The Profiler Diaries

by Gérard Labuschagne

In this gripping – and sometimes terrifying – account, former South African Police Service head profiler Dr Gérard Labuschagne, successor to the legendary Micki Pistorius, recalls some of the 110 murder series and countless other bizarre crimes he analysed during his career. An expert on serial murder and rape cases, Labuschagne saw it all in his fourteen and a half years in the SAPS.