Daily Maverick Best Sellers September 2021

Our list is compiled from print sales data and other sources. It represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 21 August 2021, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Months on the list: 6
Previous rank: 3

#1. 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:  28
Previous rank: 2

#2. 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 more than two years.

Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 8

#3. The 5am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life

by Robin Sharma

Own your mornings, master your life – Sharma’s book has featured on the best seller list frequently since its debut in 2019.

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

Months on the list:  4
Previous rank: 4

#4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The ‘no. 1 personal finance book of all time’, first published 24 years ago.

Months on the list:  4
Previous rank: 1

#5. The Missing Sister

by Lucinda Riley

The seventh instalment in the multimillion-copy epic series, The Seven Sisters.

The six D’Aplièse sisters have each been on their own incredible journey to discover their heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered: who and where is the seventh sister?

They only have one clue – an image of a star-shaped emerald ring. . .
Months on the list: NEW

#6. Blood Trail

by Tony Park

Evil is stalking South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Viewers around the world are shocked when a live lockdown webcast of a safari game drive exposes them to the brutal reality of rhino poaching. A wily poacher then disappears into thin air, confounding logic and baffling ace trackers Mia Greenaway and Bongani Ngobeni.

When another young girl disappears, this time a tourist, Mia and Sannie must confront their own personal demons and challenge everything they believe, in order to follow a trail that seems to vanish at every turn.

Months on the list: NEW

#7. The Cellist

by Daniel Silva

A riveting, action-packed tale of espionage and suspense featuring art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon.

The fatal poisoning of a Russian billionaire sends Allon on a dangerous journey across Europe and into the orbit of a musical virtuoso who may hold the key to the truth about his friend’s death. The plot Allon uncovers leads to secret channels of money and influence that go to the very heart of Western democracy and threaten the stability of the global order.

Months on the list: 2
Previous rank: 6

#8. Suspects

by Lesley Pearse

The enthralling new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author.

When Nina and Conrad move into their new home in Willow Close a body is discovered.
Hurrying inside, they see horrified neighbours gather by the police cordon – one of the residents has been attacked and brutally killed in the woods. Believing someone must have seen the murderer, the police interview all the residents and soon find out that each neighbour harbours their own secrets.

Months on the list: NEW

#9. The New Apartheid

by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh

South Africa’s story is often presented as a triumph of new over old, but while formal apartheid was abolished decades ago, stark and distressing similarities persist.

Dr Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh explores the edifice of systemic racial oppression — the new apartheid — that continues to thrive, despite or even because of our democratic system. 

Months on the list: NEW

#10. 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.