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Daily Maverick Best Sellers December 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 30 November 2019, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Wimpy Kid Wrecking Ball
Months on the list:  NEW

#1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

by Jeff Kinney

The fourteenth book in the bestselling Wimpy Kid series. Big changes are in store for Greg Heffley and his family. They are making home improvements! When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town?



Months on the list:  NEW

#2. The Sun Sister

by Lucinda Riley

Beneath the veneer, Electra D’Aplièse’s already tenuous control over her state of mind has been rocked by the death of her father, Pa Salt, the elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters from across the globe. Sweeping from Manhattan to the magnificent wide-open plains of Africa, The Sun Sister is the sixth instalment in Lucinda Riley’s multi-million selling epic series, The Seven Sisters.

Months on the list:  NEW

#3. The Last Hunt

by Deon Meyer

The latest Benny Griessel mystery from Meyer’s pen. The body of an ex-cop has been found beside a railway line. He appears to have jumped from South Africa’s – perhaps the world’s – most luxurious train. Meanwhile in France, Daniel Darret has settled into a new life. A quiet life. But his skills as an international hit-man are required one more time.


Months on the list:  NEW

#4. Blue Moon

by Lee Child

In a nameless city, two ruthless rival criminal gangs, one Albanian, the other Ukrainian, are competing for control. But they hadn’t counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch. “This is a random universe,” he says. “Once in a blue moon things turn out just right.” The odds are better with Reacher involved.

Months on the list:  8
Previous rank: 2

#5. 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

Months on the list:  NEW

#6. Siya Kolisi: Against All Odds

by Jeremy Daniel

Daniel tracks Kolisi’s journey from running wild on the streets of Zwide, Eastern Cape, through some crucial games in high school, into the Western Province rugby set-up, and to his historic rise as captain of the Springboks.

Months on the list:  8
previous rank: 7

#7. 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: 3

#8. Talking to Strangers

by Malcolm Gladwell

The bestselling author is back with an exploration of what our interactions with strangers tell us about who we are. Everybody be careful out there.


Months on the list:  NEW

#9. The Guardians

by John Grisham

The new thriller from international bestseller Grisham. For 22 years Quincy Miller has sat on Death Row without friends, family or legal representation. He was accused of killing a Keith Russo, a lawyer in a small Florida town. He was framed for murder. Now he needs someone on the outside to save him.

Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 1

#10. The Giver of Stars

by Jojo Moyes

The new standalone novel from the author of Me Before You, After You and Still Me. Inspired by a remarkable true story, the books tells the unforgettable journey of five extraordinary women living in extraordinary and perilous times.