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Daily Maverick Best Sellers July 2021

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 26 June 2021, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

The Missing Sister
Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 1

#1. The Missing Sister

by Lucinda Riley

The seventh instalment in the multimillion-copy epic series, The Seven Sisters.

The six D’Aplièse sisters have each been on their own incredible journey to discover their heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered: who and where is the seventh sister?

They only have one clue – an image of a star-shaped emerald ring. . .
Subtle Art_250
Months on the list:  26
Previous rank: 6

#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

Manson’s book has been a Daily Maverick best seller for a full twenty-six months.

Months on the list: 2
Previous rank: 2
Combines English & Afrikaans sales

#3. Fortunes: The Rise and Rise of Afrikaner Tycoons

by Ebbe Dommisse

A handful of Afrikaners have risen to the very top of the business world in South Africa in the past three decades, some of them now dollar billionaires with vast global business interests.

Based predominantly on personal interviews, Fortunes reveals why these men turn whatever they touch to gold. Work ethic, astute alliances and an appetite for risk have catapulted them to great heights – and how the sensational collapse of Markus Jooste’s Steinhoff International  almost destroyed some of them.

Legacy of War
Months on the list: 3
Previous rank: 5

#4. Legacy of War

by Wilbur Smith with David Churchill

The action-packed new book in the Courtney Series and the sequel to Courtney’s War. Hitler is dead – and yet his evil legacy lives on. Saffron Courtney and her beloved husband Gerhard only just survived the brutal conflict, but Gerhard’s Nazi-supporting brother, Konrad, is still free and determined to regain power. A nail-biting story of courage, bravery, rebellion and war from the master of adventure fiction.

The Stellenbosch Mafia 2nd Ed
Months on the list: NEW
(Prev no. 5, May 2021)

#5. The Stellenbosch Mafia, Updated Edition

by Pieter du Toit

In the beautiful town of Stellenbosch live some of South Africa’s wealthiest individuals: all male, most Afrikaans – and all fabulously wealthy. Journalist Pieter du Toit closely examines this ‘club’ of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected?  Who are the ‘old guard’ and who are the ‘inkommers’? This new edition contains a new chapter with more detail about Johann Rupert’s disdain for Markus Jooste, and includes a rebuttal by Christo Wiese to Rupert’s statements about his private financial affairs.

DM The Boy The Mole The Fox
Months on the list: 4
Previous rank: 4

#6. 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.

Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 9

#7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

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

Na n plaas in Afrika
Months on the list: 2
Previous rank: 3

#8. Na ‘n plaas in Afrika 

by Irma Joubert

Eers was daar Immer wes (Duitsland). Toe kom Mentje, kind van Pas-opkamp (Nederland).

En nou verskyn die laaste boek in Irma Joubert se oorlogstrilogie met Charles Smith en Oswald von Stein as hoofkarakters – beide op pad na ’n plaas in Afrika. 

’n Naelbyteinde van ’n era – trek solank die snesies nader.

Seven Sisters
Months on the list:  NEW

#9. The Seven Sisters

by Lucinda Riley

The first book in Riley’s epic series.

Maia D’Aplièse and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home – a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva – having been told that their beloved adoptive father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died.

Each of them is handed a tantalising clue to their true heritage – a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil . . .

For My Country
Months on the list: NEW

#10. For My Country

by Themba Maseko

In 2010, government spokesperson Themba Maseko was called to the Gupta family’s Saxonwold compound and asked by Ajay Gupta to divert the government’s entire advertising budget to the family’s media company. When Maseko refused to do so, he was removed from his position and forced to leave the public service.

The life of this once-proud civil servant would never be the same again.

For My Country shows what it takes to stand up for one’s principles and defy the most powerful man in the country.