Bestsellers: If you haven't bought one, what on earth are you gossiping about?
The books that have sold the best countrywide in June
Two books about two presidents mark the beginning and end of this list. No surprise that the thriller The President is Missing is number one on the charts and that the revelatory The President’s Keepers is still selling.1. The President is Missing
This is the first thriller ever to be co-authored by a former American president. The television rights for the book were sold to Showtime last year already, before the book was released. The American cable network has plans to develop it as a series.
Bill Clinton and James Patterson, Century, R290
2. On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
The memoir from bestseller novelist Wilbur Smith tells of how he had to disobey his beloved father to become a writer.
Wilbur Smith, Zaffre Publishing, R2953. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
According to Manson we care too much about these things:
· Being right
· Being offended
· Being “successful”
· Being pleasant and polite
· Feeling good all the time
· Being “perfect”
Mark Manson, HarperOne, R250
4. Ministry of Crime
“A frightening journey into the realm of the gangster state immaculately researched and beautifully crafted. Amongst the finest non-fiction crime writing you will ever read.” – Jacques Pauw
Mandy Wiener, Pan Macmillan, R2955. Born a Crime
The Daily Show host said in an interview with the LA Times that he was happy his book was picked to be taught in schools in Newark, New Jersey. He said: “It’s most beautiful to me because of why they’re using the book. I do think the lessons we learned in apartheid South Africa are stories that apply to the world. You do see vestiges of that in America today. It’s an easy story to understand because South Africa’s racism was so blatant and so unavoidable. I think it’s a nice place to learn how to have conversations on a topic that has become very fraught with political landmines everywhere you go.”
Trevor Noah, Pan Macmillan, R180
6. The Fallen
The fourth book in the Amos Decker series: the detective with the remarkable memory. His holiday turns into a murder investigation when two bodies are found in an nearby abandoned house.
David Baldacci, Macmillan, R2907. Manage your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up Beckbessinger’s book is a must to understand your money. She explains simply how to save your well-earned moola.
Sam Beckbessinger, Jonathan Ball Publishers, R190
8. The Tattooist of Auschwitz This is based on the true story of Lale Sokolov who was 25 years old when he was sent to Auschwitz. He becomes responsible for tattooing the numbers on the prisoners and one of them is 18-year-old Gita, whom he falls in love with.
Heather Morris, Zaffre Publishing, R2709. Zulu Wedding
A book companion to the film, this is the story of Lou who is told she’s been promised to the Zulu king in marriage to repay an ancestral debt. Lou is then forced to confront the tradition she’s been running away from since the death of her parents when she turned 15.
Dudu Busane Dube, Hlomu Publishing, R277
10. The President’s Keepers
The rights of the book has been sold to make a TV show to South African filmmaker Niel van Deventer. The question is: who will play the man who played us all, Jacob Zuma?
Jacques Pauw, Tafelberg Publishers, R285