The bestselling books in South Africa – June

This list represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 6 June 2019, and combines fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.

Originally published on the Daily Maverick as part of a collaboration with The Reading List. 


#1. Gangster State

by Pieter-Louis Myburgh

The Daily Maverick’s own Pieter-Louis Myburgh storms to the top of the list with his exposé on the joker in the ANC’s ‘Top Six’ deck, a certain fellow called Ace. His book is (still) the runaway No. 1.


#2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

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.


#3. The Butterfly Room

by Lucinda Riley

When she’s not writing Seven Sister books, Riley produces ‘absorbing family sagas set in glamorous locations’ (Daily Mail). Here, Posy Montague is confronted by an agonising decision – and a face from her past.


#4. The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.

by Robin Sharma

Own your mornings, master your life – and try not to think too hard about the book that’s No. 2 in the rankings, lest you stop giving a f*ck about being an early riser and conquering all challenges in your path.


#5. The Mister

by EL James

Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim Trevelyan protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? Does this malevolence include vanilla BDSM? Maybe she likes the malevolence? Only those who read this book will truly know.


Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

#6. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

by Jeff Kinney

Kinney, who toured SA earlier this year, starts a new line in his Wimpy Kid series, featuring Greg Heffley’s good friend Rowley, who agrees to write Greg’s biography – with predictably hilarious consequences.


#7. King of Kings

by Wilbur Smith

Smith’s two dynasties, the Courtneys and the Ballantynes, meet again in this sequel to The Triumph of the Sun. The plot involves places like Abyssinia, women named Saffron and men named Ryder. You get the idea.


#8. Becoming

by Michelle Obama

The autobiography of America’s first black First Lady, and hopefully the first book in a trilogy that includes Becoming President and Becoming President Again.



#9. Christo Wiese – Risk & Riches

by TJ Strydom

When one of South Africa’s richest men encountered a certain furniture group called Steinhoff, things went, erm, awry. Strydom’s book tells Wiese’s story from a sympathetic perspective. (English and Afrikaans editions)


#10. Mark Manson

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.



Our authoritative bestsellers list is compiled from print sales data and other sources, and represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 6 June 2019.

Categories Fiction International Non-fiction South Africa

Tags Becoming Bestsellers Christo Wiese Christo Wiese – Risk and Riches Daily Maverick Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid EL James Everything is F*cked Gangster State Jeff Kinney Jonathan Ball Publishers King of Kings Lucinda Riley Mark Manson Michelle Obama NB Publishers Pan Macmillan SA Penguin Random House SA Pieter-Louis Myburgh Robin Sharma South African bestselling books The 5 AM Club The Butterfly Room The Mister The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck TJ Strydom Wilbur Smith

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