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Daily Maverick Best Sellers February 2022

Our list is compiled from print sales data and other sources. It represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous six weeks to 12 February 2022, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Atomic Habits
Months on the list: NEW
Previous no. 9, Nov 21

#1. Atomic Habits

by James Clear

Transform your life with tiny changes in behaviour, starting now.

People think that when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions: doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call.

He calls them atomic habits.

Subtle Art_250
Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 9

#2. 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

Manson’s book has been a regular on the Daily Maverick Best Sellers list for more than two years.

It Ends With Us
Months on the list: NEW
Previous no. 8, Dec 21

#3. It Ends With Us

by Colleen Hoover

Sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind.

Will by Will Smith
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 3

#4. Will

by Will Smith with Mark Manson

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.

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

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

by Robin Sharma

Own your mornings, master your life – Sharma’s book has featured on the best seller list frequently since its debut in 2019.

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

The Promise by Damon Galgut
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 2

#6. The Promise

by Damon Galgut

Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize

Galgut’s novel tell a story in four snapshots, each one centered on a family funeral, each one happening in a different decade. In the background, a different president is in power, and a different spirit hangs over the country, while in the foreground the family fights over what they call their farm, on a worthless piece of land outside Pretoria.

Over large jumps in time, people get older, faces and laws and lives all change, while a brother and sister circle around a promise made long ago, and never kept.
Months on the list:  NEW
Previous no. 5, Oct 21

#7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The ‘no. 1 personal finance book of all time’, first published more than two decades ago.

Hosting with the Lazy Makoti
Months on the list: NEW
Previous no. 9, Dec 21


#8. Hosting with the Lazy Makoti

by Mogau Seshoene

A brand-new collection of recipes from South Africa’s bestselling chef and social media sensation.

Here Mogau presents a cookbook full of delicious and easy-to-follow recipes from the African continent. She shows readers how to host any occasion with stylish and tasty food, from soul-warming one-pot dinners, hearty plant-based dishes and irresistibly easy bakes to signature seven-colour meals, decadent desserts, and a vibrant cuisine. 

The Alchemist
Months on the list: NEW
Previous no. 8, Oct 21

#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.

Wish You Were Here
Months on the list: 2
Previous rank: 5

#10. Wish You Were Here

by Jodi Picoult

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the art auction world. She knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their getaway to the Galápagos. But then a virus that felt worlds away appears in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: it’s all hands on deck at work. In the Galápagos, Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself.