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 2007, and books that captured the imaginations of many, and remain close to our hearts.
10. Food is better Medicine than Drugs by Patrick Holford
An important book from top nutritionist Patrick Holford and leading health journalist Jerome Burne. Exhaustively researched and based on solid scientific trials and illuminating case histories, it will revolutionise the way you think about your health.
9. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life.
8. Zhoozsh! Cooking with Jeremy and Jacqui Mansfield
For those who love to cook, and those who don’t, comes this fabulous, funny and flippant cookbook. Chock-a-block with quick and easy recipes, humorous stories, travel anecdotes and a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Jeremy and Jacqui Mansfield, this laugh-out-loud cookbook will be enjoyed in other rooms of the home, not just the kitchen!
7. Spud – The Madness Continues… by John van de Ruit
The year is 1991, and Spud Milton’s long walk to manhood is still creeping along at an unnervingly slow pace. Approaching the ripe old age of fifteen with no signs of the much anticipated ball-drop, Spud is coming to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of nature.
6. After the Party by Andrew Feinstein
Andrew Feinstein became an active and ardent member of the ANC in the 1980s. He was elected to parliament and rose swiftly through the ranks, earning the label ‘Mr Clean’ for his unstinting work against graft and corruption. But there came a time when Feinstein was forced to choose between his principles and the party he so admired. This is his story.
5. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life, from money or health to relationships, happiness, and every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring you joy to every aspect of your life.
4. In Black and White: the Jake White Story by Jake White with Craig Ray
This is the griping life story of Springbok rugby coach Jake White. White takes readers into rugby’s inner sanctum, where politicking and hidden agendas sometimes supersede the best interests of the sport, and relates the incredible highs and desperate lows of being part of the Springbok set-up. Riveting, controversial, sometimes amusing and often unbelievable.
3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Narrated by Death, this is the story of a young orphan girl who steals books, her foster family and the Jewish boxer hidden in their basement as they struggle to survive in Nazi Germany. It is a life-changing tale of the cruel twists of fate and a joyous look at how books can nourish the soul.
2. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Shantaram is based on a ten-year period of the author’s life in Bombay, an epic tale of slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films. A gripping adventure story, a superbly written meditation on good and evil and an authentic evocation of Bombay life.
1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
This is an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history. Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love that is often the key to survival.