Daily Maverick Bestsellers September 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 31 August 2019, and combines Fiction and Non-fiction best sellers.

Months on the list:  2
Previous rank: 2

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

by Pieter du Toit

Pieter du Toit is back with a new blockbuster. Released mid-month, it’s already charting in the top 5. 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:  2
Previous rank: 1

#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: 3

#3. 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

#4. Ghost Fire

by Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith is back 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.
Months on the list:  New

#5. 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.
Months on the list:  New

#6. Zephany: Two Mothers, One Daughter, An Astonishing True Story

by Joanne Jowell
Miché Solomon, aka Zephany Nurse, kidnapped when she was two days old, tells her side of the story for the first time. Learn about her battle with her double identity, her complicated relationships with her two families, and who she is now. [Combined English and Afrikaans sales.]
Months on the list:  3
Previous rank: 2

#7. Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope

by Mark Manson
It’s a bit f*cking unfair that Manson has two titles in the Top Ten, but his formula is irresistible. He tackles the question of how to be an optimist in a world going to sh*t.
Months on the list:  New

#8. Tobacco Wars: Inside the spy games and dirty tricks of Southern Africa’s cigarette trade

by Johan van Loggerenberg
Tobacco Wars: Inside the spy games and dirty tricks of Southern Africa’s cigarette trade
Months on the list:  5
Previous rank: 8

#9. Becoming

by Michelle Obama

Obama returns to the bestseller list after a few months away. We’re still hoping this is the first book in a trilogy that’s followed by Becoming President and Becoming President Again.

Months on the list:  5
Previous rank: 6

#10. 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 it back in the top 10.