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Daily Maverick Best Sellers November 2021

Our list is compiled from print sales data and other sources. It represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous six weeks to 30 October 2021, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Months on the list: NEW

#1. Rise

by Siya Kolisi

The  captain of the Springboks, and the first black man to lead his country in over 128 years of South African rugby, shares his story – from being born into the impoverished Zwide township to leading his proud nation to an astonishing victory at the 209 Rugby World Cup. 

Rise is an exploration of a man’s race and his faith, a masterclass in attaining a positive mindset, and an inspirational reminder that it is possible to defy the odds.

Scatterling of Africa
Months on the list: NEW

#2. Scatterling of Africa

by Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg’s origin story, written as he wanted it told. Here is the story of how the son of an unconventional mother, grandson of Jewish immigrants, came to realise that identity can be a choice, and home is a place you leave and return to as surely as the seasons change.

‘There are moments in life that are pure, and which seem to hang in the air, unhitched from the everyday world as we know it.’ Here is how it all began.

Months on the list: NEW

#3. The Everyday Hero Manifesto

by Robin Sharma

Aim for Iconic. Rise to Legendary. Make History. For over twenty-five years, leadership legend and personal mastery trailblazer Robin Sharma has mentored billionaires, business titans, professional sports superstars and entertainment royalty via a revolutionary methodology that has caused them to accomplish rare-air results. Now, in this groundbreaking book, he makes this transformational system available to anyone ready for undefeatable positivity.

The New Kingdom
Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 1

#4. The New Kingdom

by Wilbur Smith and Mark Chadbourn

A brand-new Egypt novel from the master of adventure fiction.

In the city of Lahun, Hui lives an enchanted life. The favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, his fate is set. But craving power and embittered by jealousy, Hui’s stepmother, the great sorceress Isetnofret, and Hui’s own brother Qen, orchestrate the downfall of Hui’s father, condemning Hui and seizing power in the city.

Soon Hui finds himself in an even greater battle – one for the very heart of Egypt itself. 

DM The Boy The Mole The Fox
Months on the list: 8
Previous rank: 2

#5. 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.

It Ends With Us
Months on the list: NEW

#6. It Ends With Us

by Colleen Hoover

Sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind.

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Months on the list:  30
Previous rank: 3

#7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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 more than two years.

Apples Never Fall
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#8. Apples Never Fall

by Liane Moriarty

If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father? This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.

He, like many spouses, seems to have a lot to hide. Two of the Delaney children think their father is innocent, two are not so sure – but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light.

Atomic Habits
Months on the list: 3
Previous rank: 6

#9. Atomic Habits

by James Clear

Transform your life with tiny changes in behaviour, starting now.

People think that when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions: doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call.

He calls them atomic habits.

Slow Fire Burning
Months on the list: 2
Previous rank: 4

#10. Slow Fire Burning

by Paula Hawkins

From the author of global phenomena The Girl on the Train comes a fresh, propulsive new novel.

Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She’s seen as hot-tempered, troubled, a loner. Bitter experience has taught Miriam how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Carla trusts no one: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace?

Innocent or guilty, everyone is damaged. Some are damaged enough to kill.