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Daily Maverick Best Sellers February 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 01 February 2020, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

The 5 AM Club
Months on the list:  10
Previous rank: 5

#1. The 5am Club

by Robin Sharma

Own your mornings, master your life – Sharma’s book has finally conquered Manson’s Subtle Art and leapt ahead of it to attain the number one spot. Read all about being an early riser and conquering all challenges in your path

Months on the list:  10
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

Months on the list:  NEW
(Previous No. 9, Nov 2019)

#3. Banting: 7-Day Meal Plans

by Rita Venter, Natalie Lawson, Kim Blom

Banting has moved on since the Real Meal Revolution – to this book. The authors are the darlings of Banting 7 Day Meal Plans Facebook group; get their recipes and secrets in their new cookbook.

Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 1

#4. 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?



manage your money
Months on the list:  NEW
(Previous No. 10, Sep 2019)

#5. 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.

Months on the list:  5
Previous rank: 7

#6. 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

#7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The ‘no. 1 personal finance book of all time’, first published almost 23 years ago, creeps into the SA top ten for the first time since Daily Maverick started compiling this list. At least Sam Beckbessinger’s local title in the same genre is beating it! (See no. 5.)

Veg Jamie
Months on the list: NEW

#8. Veg

by Jamie Oliver

From simple suppers and family favourites, to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, Jamie’s latest cookbook is packed full of phenomenal food – pure and simple. Featuring more than 100 easy, flavour-packed and accessible recipes, including Amazing Veggie Chilli and Greens Mac ’n Cheese.

Months on the list:  NEW
(Previous No. 4, Nov 2019)

#9. Cilka’s Journey 

by Heather Morris

The sequel to the Morris’ bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, based on a true story of love and resilience. Cilka is just 16 when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. She finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

Months on the list: NEW
(Previous No. 1, Sep 2019)

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

by Pieter du Toit

Pieter du Toit’s 2019 blockbuster is back on the charts. The author examines South Africa’s “club” of winelands billionaires to determine whether the town has an outsized influence on business and society.