Defend Truth

Daily Maverick Best Sellers June 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 30 May 2021, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

The Missing Sister
Months on the list:  NEW

#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…


Months on the list: NEW
Combines English & Afrikaans sales

#2. 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.

Na n plaas in Afrika
Months on the list: NEW

#3. 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.

DM The Boy The Mole The Fox
Months on the list: 3
Previous rank: 2

#4. 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.

Legacy of War
Months on the list: 2
Previous rank: 1

#5. 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.

Subtle Art_250
Months on the list:  25
Previous rank: 8

#6. 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-three months.

The 5 AM Club
Months on the list:  25
Previous rank: 3

#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 almost two years.

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

What Happened to You
Months on the list:  NEW

#8. What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey and renowned brain development and trauma expert Perry discuss the impact of trauma and adverse experiences and how healing must begin with a shift to asking, “what happened to you?” rather than “what’s wrong with you?”

Grounded in the latest brain science and brought to life through compelling narratives, this book shines a light on a much-needed path to recovery .
Months on the list:  8
Previous No. 8, Mar 21

#9. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

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

12 Rules For Life_ii
Months on the list: 3
Previous rank: 6

#10. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B. Peterson

Acclaimed clinical psychologist Peterson has become one of the world’s most popular public thinkers. Here, he provides twelve profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life. Happiness is a pointless goal, says Peterson. Instead we must search for meaning, not for its own sake, but as a defence against the suffering that is intrinsic to our existence.