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Daily Maverick Best Sellers March 2020

Our list is compiled from print sales data and other sources. It represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous five weeks to 07 March 2020, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Grown Ups
Months on the list:  NEW

#1. 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:  11
Previous rank: 1

#2. The 5am Club

by Robin Sharma

Own your mornings, master your life – Sharma’s book has finally conquered Manson’s Subtle Art and leapt ahead of it to attain the number one spot. Read all about being an early riser and conquering all challenges in your path

Months on the list:  11
Previous rank: 2

#3. 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

manage your money
Months on the list:  2
(Previous No. 10, Sep 2019)

#4. 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.

Veg Jamie
Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 8

#5. Veg

by Jamie Oliver

From simple suppers and family favourites, to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, Jamie’s latest cookbook is packed full of phenomenal food – pure and simple. Featuring more than 100 easy, flavour-packed and accessible recipes, including Amazing Veggie Chilli and Greens Mac ’n Cheese.

Months on the list: 2
(Previous No. 1, Sep 2019)

#6. The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club

by Pieter du Toit

Pieter du Toit’s 2019 blockbuster is back on the charts. The author examines South Africa’s “club” of winelands billionaires to determine whether the town has an outsized influence on business and society.

Months on the list:  4
Previous rank: 4

#7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

by Jeff Kinney

The fourteenth book in the bestselling Wimpy Kid series. Big changes are in store for Greg Heffley and his family. They are making home improvements! When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town?



Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 7

#8. 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:  6
Previous rank: 6

#9. Talking to Strangers

by Malcolm Gladwell

The bestselling author is back with an exploration of what our interactions with strangers tell us about who we are. Everybody be careful out there.


Everything is F-cked A Book About Hope
Months on the list:  NEW
(Previous No. 2, July 2019) 

#10. 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.

We Have A Gamechanger: A Decade of Daily Maverick

“The only time I was slightly nervous was when we got this WhatsApp from the group saying, ‘Here are the names of lawyers, if your house gets raided’. And then I worried about my children, and I worried about what it would mean for them to have the house raided. I grew up in apartheid South Africa, and those guys would have raided my house within five minutes if they’d known we had all those documents. I thought it was unlikely, but I made sure that the files weren’t in my house. I took them somewhere safe, just so that it wasn’t there. We had instructions to throw it out the window, or stand on it, which I would have done.” – Excerpt from We Have A Gamechanger: A Decade of Daily Maverick

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