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With lazing-on-beach time upon us, here's a guide to what to buy among November's bestsellers
The November bestseller list has a bit of everything and is a pretty decent guide of must-have books for the holiday or ideas for gifts.
Becoming, Michelle Obama, Viking, R399: Not only topping this list, Obama’s majestic memoir has become the bestseller of the year in the US, having sold two million copies there, outselling Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury which was an exposé on the Donald and his unpresidential behaviour in the White House.
Past Tense: Jack Reacher, Lee Child, Bantam Press, R290: A Reacher thriller is bought every 13 seconds somewhere in the world. This is number 23 featuring the peripatetic man with fists the size of turkeys and hands the size of dinner plates who goes from town to town saving people.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k, Mark Manson, Harper, R280: Having sold three million copies worldwide since it was released in February 2017, Manson’s no-bullcrap self-help guide has been translated into more than 30 languages, including Arabic and Korean.
The Moon Sister, Lucinda Riley, Macmillan, R290: This is the fifth epic tale of the Seven Sister series. Featuring the stories of Tiggy D’Aplièse and Lucía Amaya-Albaycin, The Moon Sister transports the reader to the remote Scottish Highlands and the gypsy caves of the Granada in Spain.
Lift as You Rise: Speeches And Thoughts On Leadership, Bonang Mohale, Tracey Macdonald Publishers, R270: As CEO of Business Leadership South Africa, Mohale shares his insights through speeches and articles. This is a collection of some of those ideas, collated to inspire.
The Reckoning, John Grisham, Hodder & Stoughton, R330: “John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, and his latest starts with a literal bang – and then travels backward through the horrors of war to explore what makes a hero, what makes a villain, and how thin the line between the two might be.” And so says Jodi Picoult.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, JK Rowling, Little Brown, R370: This is the original screenplay based on the second film of the Fantastic Beasts franchise which expands on the story of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. The book features line art from MinaLima, the graphic design team behind the Harry Potter film’s artwork.
Courtney’s War, Wilbur Smith with David Churchill, Zaffre Publishing, R320: This is the 17th book in the Courtney series. Set in Germany in World War 2, this features two star-crossed lovers who realise that instead of fighting for their countries they have to fight for each other. Bless.
Steinheist: Markus Jooste, Steinhoff and SA’s Biggest Corporate Fraud, Rob Rose, Tafelberg Publisher, R295: “An astonishing piece of investigative journalism, exposing greed, plunder and betrayal on a grand scale.” – Jacques Pauw
“The driving narrative is vintage Rose. That’s because he knows what he’s talking about. Markus Jooste will absolutely hate this book.” – Peter Bruce
“Reads like a fast-paced manuscript to the movie which must be made.” – Bruce Whitfield
Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks, Sphere, R285: Shamelessly romantic fodder from the man responsible for the sweet twee The Notebook, Dear John and a Walk to Remember. Sparks writes on his blog about the inspiration for one of his main characters: “I then came up with the character of Tru when I was traveling in Africa. I was so impressed with the welcoming people, the exotic landscape, and the natural beauty and wildlife that I wanted to find a way to include a character from Zimbabwe into one of my books. I just had to figure out how to get him to North Carolina.”