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Daily Maverick Best Sellers July 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 3 July 2019, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F-ck
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 2

#1. 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
Everything is F-cked A Book About Hope
Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 10

#2. Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope

by Mark Manson
It’s a bit f*cking unfair that Manson has two titles in the Top Ten, but his formula is irresistible. He tackles the question of how to be an optimist in a world going to sh*t.
The 5 AM Club
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 4

#3. The 5am Club

by Robin Sharma
Own your mornings, master your life – and try not to think too hard about the book directly 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.
Ganster State
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 1

#4. Gangster State

by Pieter-Louis Myburgh
The DM’s own P-LM is finally dethroned as SA’s number one bestseller. But with joker in the ANC’s “Top Six” deck – a certain fellow called Ace – still causing trouble, P-L’s book will doubtless keep charting for a good while.
King of Kings
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 7

#5. King of Kings

by Wilbur Smith

Smith’s two dynasties, the Courtneys and the Ballantynes, meet again in this sequel to The Triumph of the Sun. The plot involves places like Abyssinia, women named Saffron and men named Ryder. You get the idea.
city of girls
New on the list

#6. City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of Eat, Pray, Love has delivered a novel of glamour, sex, and adventure in 1940s New York that, according to one critic, pairs well with a cocktail or two.
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 6

#7. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

by Jeff Kinney
Kinney, who toured SA earlier this year, starts a new line in his Wimpy Kid series, featuring Greg Heffley’s good friend Rowley, who agrees to write Greg’s biography – with predictably hilarious consequences.
The Butterfly Room
Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 3

#8. The Butterfly Room

by Lucinda Riley

When she’s not writing Seven Sister books, Riley produces “absorbing family sagas set in glamorous locations” (Daily Mail). Here, Posy Montague is confronted by an agonising decision – and a face from her past.

manage your money
New on the List

#9. 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.
undercover with mandelas spies
New on the list

#10. Undercover with Mandela’s Spies

by Bradley D Steyn, Mark Fine
1988 South Africa teeters on the edge of a state of emergency. 17-year-old Bradley Steyn crosses Pretoria’s Strijdom Square and walks straight into a massacre. A true-life thriller, his book reveals some of the dirtiest secrets of a dirty war.