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Daily Maverick Best Sellers July 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 27 June 2020, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

DM Call of the Raven
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 1

#1. Call of the Raven

by Wilbur Smith with Corban Addison

The son of a wealthy plantation owner and a doting mother, Mungo St John is accustomed to the wealth and luxuries his privilege has afforded him. That is until he returns from university to discover his family ruined, his inheritance stolen and his childhood sweetheart, Camilla, taken by the conniving Chester Marion. 

Months on the list:  NEW

#2. The Upside of Down

by Bruce Whitfield

In a world of fake news, deep-fakes, manipulated feeds an divisive social-media, it’s easy to believe that our time is the most challenging in human history. It’s just not true. It is a time of extraordinary opportunity. But only if you have the right mindset. Bruce Whitfield examines the keys to success in times of uncertainty. 

Months on the list:  14
Previous rank: 3

#3. The 5am Club

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 a full year.

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

Months on the list:  14
Previous rank: 2

#4. 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 fourteen months.

Accidental Mayor
Months on the list:  NEW

#5. The Accidental Mayor

by Michael Beaumont

Beaumont reveals the real story behind Herman Mashaba’s rise and fall as mayor of Johannesburg. At a time when the DA’s popularity is in decline, The Accidental Mayor highlights the infighting and factionalism within the party and questions whether South Africa’s official opposition has reached the end of the road. 

Months on the list: 3
Previous rank: 7

#6. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse

by Charlie Macksey

‘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.
12 Rules
Months on the list:  NEW

#7. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B Peterson

The first appearance of Peterson’s international bestseller on this list. What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. 

Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 6

#8. 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.

Months on the list:  5
Previous rank: 4

#9. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The ‘no. 1 personal finance book of all time’, first published almost 23 years ago. 

Months on the list: NEW

#10. The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

by Mogau Seshoene

The first appearance of Mogau’s bestseller on this list. She takes into consideration all the different occasions a South African kitchen might have to cater for. The recipes use simple ingredients that are probably already in your pantry or fridge, and if not, they’re readily available at the grocery. No more excuses – it’s time to step into those domestic goddess stilettos.