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Daily Maverick Best Sellers May 2021

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 01 May 2021, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Legacy of War
Months on the list: NEW

#1. 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.

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

#2. 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.

The 5 AM Club
Months on the list:  24
Previous rank: 4

#3. 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.

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

#4. The Billionaire Mindset

by Daniel Strauss

What sets the rich apart from ‘normal people’? A mindset. In this book, Strauss, a highly successful venture capitalist, explains how to adopt said life-changing mindset. He shares his secrets of success, including how to access capital, where to find the right people to help you reach your goals, and how to free your mind from self-imposed limitations, so that you, too, can think like a billionaire.

The Stellenbosch Mafia 2nd Ed
Months on the list: NEW

#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.

12 Rules For Life_ii
Months on the list: 2
Previous rank: 5

#6. 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.

Beyond Order
Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 1

#7. Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life 

by Jordan B. Peterson

In this long-awaited sequel to 12 Rules for Life, Peterson shows that part of life’s meaning comes from reaching out into the domain beyond what we know, and adapting to an ever-transforming world. While an excess of chaos threatens us with uncertainty, an excess of order leads to a lack of curiosity and creative vitality. Beyond Order therefore calls on us to balance the two fundamental principles of reality – order and chaos ­- and reveals the profound meaning that can be found on the path that divides them.

Subtle Art_250
Months on the list:  24
Previous rank: 6

#8. 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.

Turn a Blind Eye
Months on the list:  NEW

#9. Turn a Blind Eye

by Jeffrey Archer

The third instalment in the gripping story of Detective Inspector William Warwick, who is tasked with a dangerous new line of work: to go undercover and expose crime of another kind, corruption at the heart of the Metropolitan Police Force.  His team is focused on following Detective Jerry Summers, a young officer whose lifestyle appears to exceed his income. But as a personal relationship develops with a member of William’s team, it threatens to compromise the whole investigation.

Think Like a Monk
Months on the list: 7
Previous Rank: 3

#10. Think Like a Monk: How to Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

by Jay Shetty

Over the past three years, Shetty has become a favourite in the hearts and minds of millions. In his inspiring, empowering book, he draws on his time as a monk in the Vedic tradition to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power.