March folly with 25 fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s titles on the Exclusive Books recommended reading list

Available instore, online, phone and Uber Eats!

This year, Exclusive Books celebrates 70 years of getting more books to more people. Exclusive Books opened their first store on King George Street in Johannesburg in 1951 and have since expanded to 41 bricks-and-mortar stores, and of course the virtual

Exclusive Books will mark this happy milestone in a year peppered with celebratory plans – special promotions, book donation drives, story-sharing, and of course, rewarding our most loyal customers, our Fanatics.

All Fanatics members received a R 70.00 gift coupon on the 3RD of January and will receive another R 70.00 gift coupon in their birthday month.

Exclusive Books list 25 recommended titles in front of all their stores every month that have been carefully curated in different categories – local authors, fiction and non-fiction, plus young adult and children’s. The aim is to assist customers to see at a glance, and in a short space of time, titles that are new, trending and have caught the eyes of the Exclusive Books buyers in among 1000’s and 1000’s of titles. There are choices for all age groups and genre tastes.

All 25 titles are presented on dedicated Exclusive Books Recommends display units where the books are grouped together with shelf talkers in-store for the entire month of March. Fanatics members also earn a whopping 200 bonus points on their purchases from the list during March.

Nine fiction titles to entice include “An astonishing achievement” for Girl A by Abigail Dean and Grown Ups by Marian Keys is superb, warm-hearted and highly entertaining. His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie is a crazy account of rich Asians for West Africa. The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little is delicious and utterly absorbing… a book to be relished and savoured. The Madhouse by TJ Benson is unique and colourfully eccentric and creates a mesmerising kaleidoscopic story that will grab hold of you and never let you go.

‘’Rarely is a book this finely wrought, the lives and histories it holds so tenderly felt, and rendered unforgettably true’’ quotes Ocean Vuong about The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. The Push by Ashley Audrain will set your nerves jangling and is not to be missed. The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn Is a fascinating tale of extraordinary accomplishment, and a story about how anything is possible and how love has always been a beacon of hope. You Never Really Know by John Hunt is filled with warm humour and serves up a double shot of pathos as it moves from playful satire to true tragedy whilst examining the inner workings of power.

There are eleven non-fiction titles that have been selected for March. At Any Cost by Stephen Timm is an age-old narrative about ego and flying too close to the sun as well as a modern version of greed in the tech world. Beyond Order by Jordan B. Peterson is the most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now according to The New York TimesConnect by David Bradford and Carole Robin is ‘a practical and timely book and highly recommend’ says Ariana Huffington. How to Start a Side Hustle by Nic Haralambous is practical, personable, searingly honest and everyone should have a side hustle just not before reading this book.

In Nuts and Bolts by McLean Sibanda readers will gain unique perspectives on challenges faced by leaders overseeing a turnaround in any organisation.  Intelligence Isn’t Enough by Carice Anderson is a book that should be part of every corporate onboarding programme. Rattling the Cage by Brent Meersman is history, big-picture philosophy, grassroots journalism and a novelist’s eye – animated by a genuine sense of moral indignation at the current state of the nation – come together in these essays to provide critical perspectives on and insights into South Africa’s recent past and current political, economic and social undercurrents. The Billionaire Mindset by Daniel Strauss (in English and Afrikaans Dink Soos ‘n Miljardêr) is an excellent roadmap for success that will benefit all entrepreneurs.

Julia Cameron author of The Listening Path is “the queen of change.” according to The New York Times. Think Again by Adam Grant is “A must-read … the lessons in this book are more important than ever.” quote Bill and Melinda Gates.

The last five titles are YA and Children’s. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas brims with suspense, romance, intrigue and action. In Forever Ends on Friday the author Justin A. Reynolds weaves themes of friendship and tragic loss into a sensitive tale… deftly using humor throughout this fast-paced, engagingly written book. Hawk by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet is an accessible novel offering a new entry point into Max’s world of evil corporations and superhuman hybrids, splitting the narrative’s first-person perspective between Hawk and her mother. The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant, illustrated by Paola Escobar is an utterly charming adventure full of wildness, wit, magic and heart. As Jy Droom deur Daniëlla van Heerden en Megan Werner is ‘n storie van durf, deursettingsvermoë, hoop en hartseer. ‘n Avontuur met soveel adrenalien dat jy dit dalk vergesog sou noem–as dit nie die waarheid was nie…

Under the current Lockdown 3 Covid-19 restrictions Exclusive Books are not hosting real life book launches. However,  Exclusive Books are still hosting authors on webinars and everyone who is signed up for fanatics will receive news about events  or alternatively can follow us on Facebook , Instagram , Twitter  or Visit for their new and improved gift voucher offering – beautiful templates for every occasion and the ability to personalise messages and time delivery.

Ways to order books from Exclusive Books:

  1. Exclusive Books powered by Uber-Eats is the most exciting new way to purchase books. Food for the mind and soul!  Simply order your book on the Uber-Eats platform – you will find us as one of the vendors along with your favourite restaurant, order your book as you normally would for food, and get it delivered (still hot) within an hour. Exclusive to Exclusive Books, and available in all SA towns and cities, where there is an Exclusive Books, except Botswana, Namibia and Nelspruit. *
  2. Phone-in is a brand-new option. Would you love to chat to a real bookseller, but not so keen to come into the store? Simply phone your local Exclusive Books and complete your transaction over the phone. Your order will be delivered to your doorstep in 36 hours.
  3. In-Store is still the best place to browse and the Exclusive Books staff will take due care to ensure the safety of their staff and customers in line with the government, WHO and the NICD. All stores are open will implement weekly deep cleaning, face masks for staff, instore sanitisers and encourage social distancing.
  4. Online via the website  and delivery to your doorstep in 36 hours.(free delivery for order R450 and up) or phone your favourite local store – we will deliver within a 20 km radius of the store for orders R450 and up.

Exclusive Books trading hours are:

Monday to Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 9am – 1pm
Exclusive Books is one of South Africa’s largest bookselling chains with stores throughout South Africa, and one store in Gaborone, Botswana and in Namibia.


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