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Daily Maverick Best Sellers January 2021

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 16 Jan 2021, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Months on the list:  3
Previous Rank: 1

#1. Donkerdrif 

by Deon Meyer

Deon Meyer se jongste spanningsroman het skaars die rakke getref en dis alreeds ’n topverkoper in Suid-Afrika. Bennie Griessel en Vaughn Cupido is terug en dié keer kry hulle met die donkerste drif denkbaar te doen – gierigheid. Daar’s ook ’n koelbloedige moord, ’n student wat verdwyn het en verdagte gebeure op ’n peperduur wynplaas. Dis lekkerlees op sy lekkerste.

A Promised Land
Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 2

#2. A Promised Land

by Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making –from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy. In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, including the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Think Like a Monk
Months on the list: 4
Previous Rank: 4

#3. Think Like a Monk: How to Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

by Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty’s book stays strong in the DM Top 5. Over the past three years, Shetty has become a favourite in the hearts and minds of millions. In his inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk in the Vedic tradition to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power.

Diary of a Wimpy kid 15 - The Deep End (with Bingo Cards) 9780241424148
Months on the list:  2
Previous Rank: 3

#4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End

by Jeff Kinney

In book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation – or if they’re already in too deep.

DM The Boy The Mole The Fox
Months on the list: 3
Previous Rank: 6

#5. 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.

A Time for Mercy
Months on the list:  NEW

#7. A Time for Mercy

by John Grisham

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

The 5 AM Club
Months on the list:  20
Previous rank: 10

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

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 more than a year.

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

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Months on the list:  20
Previous rank: 9

#8. 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 nineteen months.

The Sentinel
Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 5 

#9. The Sentinel

by Lee Child and Andrew Child

The new Jack Reacher thriller – his 25th adventure. Reacher gets off the bus in a sleepy no-name town outside Nashville, Tennessee. He plans to grab a cup of coffee and move right along.Not going to happen. The town has been shut down by a cyber attack. At the centre of it all, whetherhe likes it or not, is Rusty Rutherford. He’s an average IT guy, but he knows more than he thinks.As the bad guys move in on Rusty, Reacher moves in on them . . . 

Six Years with Al Qaeda
Months on the list: NEW

#10. Six Years with Al Qaeda

by Stephen McGown with Tudor Caradoc-Davies

While riding his motorbike through Mali, on his way home from London to Johannesburg, Steve McGown was taken captive in Timbuktu by Al Qaeda. Life as he knew it changed in that instant. With nothing to bargain with and everything to lose, for the next six years Steve became engaged in what he refers to as, “the greatest chess game of my life.” Here for the first time is his astonishing story.