Daily Maverick Bestsellers October 2019

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 4 October 2019, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 4

#1. Ghost Fire

by Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith storms to number one with his latest in the Courtney series. Inseparable since birth and growing up in India, Theo and Connie Courtney are torn apart by the tragic death of their parents. South Africans lap this stuff up.

Months on the list:  6
Previous rank: 2

#2. 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
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 1

#3. The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club

by Pieter du Toit

Pieter du Toit’s blockbuster continues to chart. The author examines South Africa’s “club” of winelands billionaires to determine whether the town has an outsized influence on business and society.

Months on the list:  6
Previous rank: 3

#4. The 5am Club

by Robin Sharma

Own your mornings, master your life – and try not to think too hard about the book two spots above this one in the rankings, lest you stop giving a f*ck about being an early riser and conquering all challenges in your path.

Months on the list:  New

#5. The Girl Who Lived Twice

by David Lagercrantz

Lagercrantz’s continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy makes the series a sextet with this 6th book. All summer, Mikael Blomkvist has been plagued with fears that Salander’s enemies will come after her. He should, perhaps, be more concerned for himself.

Months on the list:  New

#6. Talking to Strangers Don’t Know

by Malcolm Gladwell

The bestselling author is back with an exploration of what our interactions with strangers tell us about who we are. Everybody be careful out there.

Months on the list:  New

#7. Guiness World Records 2020

by Guiness World Records

All the records, in one place – including “viral sports” (sounds infectiously fun!) and AI. A perennial gifting season favourite.

Months on the list:  New

#8. The Bosasa Billions: How the ANC sold its soul

by James-Brent Styan

An insider account of the “other” state capture story – you know, the one about the late Cheeky Watson and his walk-in vaults.

Months on the list:  New

#9. The Testaments

by Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s long-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. A sure-fire bestseller, but perhaps a bit off the pace at no. 9, given the worldwide pre-publication hype.

Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 5

#10. The 117-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Find laughs at every level in this, the ninth book in the bestselling Treehouse series. Andy and Terry have added another thirteen levels of crazy fun to their ever-growing treehouse.