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Exclusive Books: Top 10 Bestsellers of 2004


Remember this? Fanatics celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007. Fanatics celebrated every fanatical year of their first decade by going back in time, through the Top 10 books from each and every year.

We picked our favourites from the bestselling titles from 1998 to 2007  (We’ve extended this to include the last five years). In these lists Fanatics also included the VIBs (Very Important Books), the cult classics of books as chosen by the Exclusive Books store managers.

What you see below is a combination of books that hit the top sales charts in 2004, and books that captured the imaginations of many, and remain close to our hearts.

Click here to view the full list of top 10’s for 15 years (1998 – 2012)

10. Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk

Agaat speel af in die tydperk tussen 1946 en 1996 en handel oor die lotgevalle van vier mense op ‘n plaas in die distrik van Swellendam. Die verhaal ontvou aan die hand van die verteller, Milla de Wet (née Redelinghuys), waar sy op haar sterfbed probeer sin maak van haar lewe as “oorsprong” van die lotgevall op ‘n familieplaas.

9. Pale Native by Max du Preez

Pale Native is a story filled with drama about the risks of investigative journalism on the front line. It’s controversial, because Max du Preez is not afraid to expose what others want hidden from view. It’s insightful, giving a fascinating analysis of South African politics from a skilled reporter who has seen it first hand.

8. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren

A groundbreaking manifesto on the meaning of life, The Purpose-Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and God’s amazing plan for you – both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life’s most important question: What on earth am I here for?

7. The Shackled Continent by Robert Guest

Africa is the only continent to have grown poorer in the last century. Why? This book seeks to diagnose the sickness that continues to hobble Africa’s development. It provides a history and a commentary on the enigma of modern Africa.

6. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Entrepreneur/author/educator Robert Kiyosaki teaches adults and their children about money and how to become financially independent. Kiyosaki will show parents why they can’t rely on schools to teach their children about money and explores the myth that you need a high income to be rich.

5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Winter, 1975: Afghanistan, a country on the verge of an internal coup. 12-year-old Amir is desperate to win the approval of his father, one of the richest merchants in Kabul. He’s failed to do so through brains or brawn but the one area in which they connect is the annual kite-fighting tournament.

4. A Change of Tongue by Antjie Krog

Ranging freely and often wittily across many terrains, this brave book provides a unique and compelling discourse on living creatively in Africa today. A Change of Tongue traces the humour of change in the pain of belonging through the personal narratives of individuals, families, groups, poets, officials and politicians.

3. Good to Great by Jim Collins

Can a good company become a great one and, if so, how? After a five-year research project, the author concludes that ‘good to great’ can and does happen. Here he uncovers the underlying variables that enable any type of organsiation to make the leap from good to great while other organisations remain only good.

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Christopher is 15 and has Asperger’s, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and other people. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered, he sets out on a terrifying journey.

1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

One of the most commercially successful novels of modern times. A Harvard professor is on the trail of the murderer of the curator of the Louvre. Opus Dei, severak Catholic churches and a hint of Leonardo Da Vinci spice up the mix.

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