Daily Maverick Best Sellers June 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 30 May 2020*, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 7

#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:  13
Previous rank: 2

#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

A Daily Maverick best seller for a full twelve months.

Months on the list:  13
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:  3
Previous rank: 8

#4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The ‘no. 1 personal finance book of all time’, first published almost 23 years ago, creeps into the SA top ten for the first time since Daily Maverick started compiling this list. At least Sam Beckbessinger’s local title in the same genre is beating it! (See no. 5.)

Months on the list:  2

#5. Grown Ups

by Marian Keyes

Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together.  Under the surface, though, conditions are murky. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much … As everything unravels, each of the adults finds themselves wondering if it’s finally time to grow up.

Months on the list: NEW

#6. The Alchemist

by Paolo Coehlo

Making its first appearance on our best seller list, 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: 2
Previous rank: 7

#7. 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.
Months on the list:  NEW
(Previous No. 4, Mar 2020)

#8. 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 this SA local title  back in the top 10.

Months on the list:  NEW
(Previous No. 9, Sep 2019)

#9. Becoming

by Michelle Obama

Obama returns to the bestseller list after several months away. We’re still hoping this is the first book in a trilogy that’s followed by Becoming President and Becoming President Again.

Months on the list:  NEW

#10. Cloudburst: A Jack Courtney Adventure

by Wilbur Smith with Chris Wakling

Kicks off a brand-new series for readers 10+. It stars fourteen-year-old Jack Courtney, travelling to Democratic Republic of the Congo with his parents. He and his friends will need their wits about them to navigate the adventure!