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Daily Maverick Best Sellers November 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 31 Oct 2020, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Months on the list:  NEW

#1. Iqunga

by Dudu Busani-Dube

The fourth book in Busani-Dube’s wildly popular, independently-published Hlomu series has hit the number one spot straight off the bat. Fans will be pleased to hear that the new addition to the cycle fills in some of the missing pieces that were left open in the first three books – but don’t expect all your questions to be answered … perhaps that will happen in the next book, Mess – and you won’t have to wait long, as the fifth book is expected out before the end of November.

Think Like a Monk
Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 1

#2. Think Like a Monk: How to Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Everyday

by Jay Shetty

Having stormed to number one in SA from nowhere last month, Jay Shetty’s book stays strong at number two. Over the past three years, Shetty has become a favourite in the hearts and minds of millions. In his inspiring, empowering book, Shetty 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.

The Book of Two Ways
Months on the list: NEW

#3. The Book of Two Ways

by Jodi Picoult

From international bestseller Jodi Picoult, a new novel about a woman who thinks she knows everything there is to know about dying. As a death doula she helps her clients fix what is left undone so they can peacefully make the final transition. But when her plane plummets from the sky and she thinks she is experiencing the last moments of her life, she is shocked to find that she isn’t thinking of her husband or daughter – but of a road she strayed from 15 years earlier and question of what a well-lived life means, and who she might have been.

The Evening and the Morning
Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 5

#4. The Evening and the Morning

by Ken Follett

Follett’s latest epic begins in 997 CE and is set against the background of the medieval church. It is the end of the Dark Ages, and England faces attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Life is hard, and those with power wield it harshly – often in conflict with the king.  Into this uncertain world three people come to the fore – and come into dangerous conflict with a ruthless bishop, who will do anything to increase his wealth and power.

The 5 AM Club
Months on the list:  18
Previous rank: 3

#5. 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 more than a year.

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

DM The Boy The Mole The Fox
Months on the list: NEW
(Previous no. 7, Sep 20)

#6. 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

#7. Donkerdrif 

by Deon Meyer

Deon Meyer se jongste spanningsroman het skaars die rakke getref en dis alreeds ’n topverkoper in Suid-Afrika. Bennie Griessel en Vaughn Cupido is terug en dié keer kry hulle met die donkerste drif denkbaar te doen – gierigheid. Daar’s ook ’n koelbloedige moord, ’n student wat verdwyn het en verdagte gebeure op ’n peperduur wynplaas. Dis lekkerlees op sy lekkerste.

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Months on the list:  18
Previous rank: 5

#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

A Daily Maverick best seller for a full seventeen months.

manage your money
Months on the list:  4
Previous Rank: 10

#9. 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.

All Rise
Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 2

#10. All Rise: A Judicial Memoir

by Dikgang Moseneke

Law as a profession was not Dikgang Moseneke’s first choice. As a small boy he told his aunt that he wanted to be a traffic officer, but life had other plans for him. All Rise, Moseneke’s second memoir, covers his years on the bench, with particular focus on his 15-year term as a judge at South Africa’s apex court, the Constitutional Court – including as the deputy chief justice.