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Our Top 10 bestselling reads of 2013

Our Top 10 bestselling reads of 2013

It’s a new year which means new books and new resolutions! Whatever your new year reading resolution is, we'd love to help out! Firstly, take a look at our New Year, New You selection of books to step into a new you in 2014. Begin your detox with The New Atkins Made Easy, start your fitness routine with Tim Plewman's Fitness for Old Farts and clear your mind with a range of books from Deepak Chopra. Secondly, we’ve put together a list of our bestsellers for 2013. There’s a little something for everyone so if you didn’t manage to read it last year, put it on your list for 2014!

Here's to a year filled with resolutions that are achieved, and great books!

{1. Inferno – Dan Brown}
The announcement of a new Dan Brown book early last year had us all excited and when it finally arrived in May it did not disappoint, making it our number one bestseller of 2013! Featuring renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, Inferno is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces.

{2. First Sight – Danielle Steel}
Danielle Steel is still a firm favourite amongst bookclubs and avid readers of women’s fiction. In First Sight Steel explores fashion week in four cities – London, New York, Paris and Milan with Timmie, a professionally successful woman but she’s had much less luck in her personal life. Can Timmie recapture her passion for life after a terrible setback?

{3. The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes}
Possibly one of our favourites from last year by our very own shining girl, Lauren Beukes. If you didn’t manage to read The Shining Girls last year, then put it on your list immediately! The New York Post called it the “answer to 2012’s mega-hit Gone Girl”. It’s a thriller which breaks all the boundaries about a girl who wouldn’t die hunting a time-traveling serial killer that is impossible to trace – until one of his victims survives…

{4. The Official K53 Learner's & Driver's Made Easy - Clive Gibson, Gavin Hoole & Bata Passchier}
This bestseller continues to provide novice drivers with a thorough grounding in everything they need to know to prepare for their learner’s licence and K53 driving tests. The text has been revised and updated to take account of changes in road traffic legislation and the practical requirements for the official K53 Defensive Driving system. Ook beskikbaar in Afrikaans.

{5. The French Affair – Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen}
The French Affair is a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul! A stunning collection of recipes collected by author, chef and photographer Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen on his life journey that took him from a farm in South Africa to the French Riviera and Paris. This beautifully produced cookbook was top of our list for Christmas gifts last year so make sure you consider it for that someone special this year!

{6. Tax, Lies and Red Tape – Dawie Roodt & Linette Retief}
Tax, Lies and Red Tape is an insightful, easy-to-understand, very opinionated book about economics by one of South Africa’s most experienced and controversial economists. Dawie Roodt argues that economics is not about numbers, graphs and statistics; it is about people, and about how they react to incentives. Find out why: It’s wrong to blame Wall Street bankers for the global financial crisis; The rhino-horn trade should be legalised; Exempting anything from VAT is a bad idea, even for the poor; Job creation is a fruitless exercise; South Africa’s problem is not poverty.

{7. A Rumour of Spring – Max du Preez}
Here’s one to read this year as democracy in South Africa turns twenty on 27 April 2014. In A Rumour of Spring, Max du Preez investigates and analyses the progress and lack of progress the country has made during these twenty years. It’s an honest and balanced account tackling the questions asked by ordinary South Africans every day: How are we really doing? What is really going on in our country? How should we understand what is happening here? And will it get any better?

{8. Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Piet van Wyk & Braam van Wyk}
This comprehensively updated and expanded edition of the region’s bestselling field guide to trees offers much, much more than the highly successful first edition. A must-have field guide for nature fundies and enthusiasts that describes and illustrates more than 1 000 species of trees, focusing on the most common and most likely to be encountered. Ook beskikbaar in Afrikaans.

{9. Bush Vet - Dr Clay Wilson & Tony Park}
Bush Vet is the story of one man’s battle to save Africa’s wildlife. A powerful and moving story from the late embattled wildlife veterinarian Dr Clay Wilson, written with well-known author Tony Park,  about the fight against poachers and the intolerant farmers who strive to save Africa’s wildlife.

{10. Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa – Nicki von der Heyde}
Expert battlefields guide Nicki von der Heyde presents 71 battles covering three wars and a series of conflicts that shaped the course of South Africa’s history – from the colonial clashes that characterised the 18th and 19th centuries to the 2nd Anglo-Boer War of 1899–1902. Comprehensive, compelling and vividly illustrated, Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa is an indispensable tool for professional and amateur military historians as well as anyone interested in exploring South Africa’s fascinating history.

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Re: Our Top 10 bestselling reads of 2013 - by linda
January 24 2014 13:03:47

Great list, but i am a bit puzzled. Max du Preez launched his book in Kalk Bay last night - how can it be a 2013 best seller?

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