Daily Maverick Best Sellers December 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 05 Dec 2020, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Months on the list:  2
Previous Rank: 7

#1. 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.

Months on the list: NEW

#2. A Promised Land

by Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making –from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy. In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, including the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Months on the list:  NEW

#3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End

by Jeff Kinney

In book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation – or if they’re already in too deep.

Months on the list: 3
Previous Rank: 2

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

by Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty’s book stays strong in the DM Top 5. 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.

Months on the list: NEW
 

#5. The Sentinel

by Lee Child and Andrew Child

The new Jack Reacher thriller – his 25th adventure. Reacher gets off the bus in a sleepy no-name town outside Nashville, Tennessee. He plans to grab a cup of coffee and move right along.Not going to happen. The town has been shut down by a cyber attack. At the centre of it all, whetherhe likes it or not, is Rusty Rutherford. He’s an average IT guy, but he knows more than he thinks.As the bad guys move in on Rusty, Reacher moves in on them . . . 

Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 6

#6. 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.

Months on the list:  2
Previous Rank: 1

#7. Iqunga

by Dudu Busani-Dube

The fourth book in Busani-Dube’s wildly popular, independently-published Hlomu series hit the number one spot straight off the bat last month, and remains on the DM Top 10. 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.

Months on the list: 2
Previous Rank: 3

#8. 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.

Months on the list:  19
Previous rank: 8

#9. 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 nineteen months.

Months on the list:  19
Previous rank: 5

#10. 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.