South African bestsellers in 2020: ending the year on a good chapter

Cooking, cash, and crime grabbed the interest of South African readers as they settled in for a year of self-isolation. As a means to pass time during the lockdown, these hot topics confirmed that society had food, finances, and intrigue on the mind (most probably as a way to soften the blow of the infamous Covid-19).

While the print industry and brick-and-mortar retailers received a hard knock over the last few months, eCommerce giants have reported an immense boost in sales as consumers turn to the safety and convenience of online shopping.

Takealot is one such giant and this is who Business Insider South Africa turned to for a reveal of the nation’s top-ten bestselling local books in 2020.

The list is as follows:

  1. Donkerdrif by Deon Meyer. This is an Afrikaans award-winning novel that shares a tale of mystery, murder, and greed.
  2. The Lazy Makoti's Guide to The Kitchen by Mogau Seshoene. Here we have a book that simplifies cooking while encouraging some interesting kitchen time.
  3. Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up by Sam Beckbessinger. There’s no beating around the bush with this author! Here’s a book that many South African’s have turned to during a time of financial turmoil.
  4. Banting by Rita Venter, Natalie Lawson, and Kim Blom. Featuring 100 banting recipes, lockdown dieters relied on this collection for inspiration and encouragement as they journeyed towards a healthier lifestyle.
  5. Unbecoming to Become by Ayanda MaNgubane Borotho. This personal memoir takes us down a road of cultural conditioning and determination as Ayanda establishes herself in unfamiliar territory.  
  6. Cape, Curry & Koeksisters by Fatima Sydow and Gadija Sydow Noordien. Cooking is made fun with the twin sisters Fatima and Gadija. From curries to koeksisters, you’ll have your traditional South African meals sorted!
  7. Kook en Geniet by S.J.A. de Villiers. Finding itself as number 7 on the list, this treasure trove of the country’s best staple recipes confirms that lockdown brought out the nation’s best culinary skills!
  8. Dit Proe Soos Huis by Herman Lensing. Filled with the author’s childhood memories, this recipe book also became a 2020 favourite for many “foodies”.
  9. The Stellenbosch Mafia by Pieter Du Toit. If you enjoy South African politics, then this critically acclaimed book may shock you to the core as you familiarise yourself with the “billionaires club”.
  10. You’re Not Broke, You’re Pre-Rich by Mapalo Makhu. This book was probably all the encouragement South Africans needed as the economy started to crumble during the first quarter of 2020.

Whether you are looking for the best advice to relieve financial strain or simply want to relax with a story that will take your mind off the uncertainties that lie ahead, a good book can never be at fault! Here’s to a new chapter!