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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1944

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, though it may be a while before we’ve covered the whole hundred years! We’re covering each year at a time and already up to the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1944.

In 1944 the war continued to rage on, Mount Vesuvius erupted for the last time in March,Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist drama No Exit (Huis Clos) premières in Nazi-occupied Paris, Aspergers syndrome is named after Hans Asperger, and Iceland declared independence from Denmark.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1944, and some that didn’t make the list

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: May

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It’s almost the end of April and that means we’ve asked you what books you’ve loved this month to create the top 20 for May. Every month we ask members of our reading group what books they’ve loved this month and from that list we create a top 20.

With our new reading challenge for 2019 inspired by authors’ birthdays, the challenge has affected the books voted for and we’re seeing authors appearing in the Top 20 during their birthday months.

May’s Top 20 is here, all voted for by you!  Read More

12 of the Best ‘Cli-Fi’ Novels to Inspire You to Save the Planet

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Whatever you believe is the best way to make change going forward, scientists are all agreed that we are destroying the planet. Climate change is big news right now, whether it’s the protests by Extinction Rebellion, or the campaigning of governments by young climate change protester Greta Thunberg, there’s not a day goes by when we’re not seeing something in the news, and those campaigning think it’s about time too!

We are fans of dystopia and post-apocalyptic novels, but from this current political movement springs a whole new genre, ‘Cli-Fi’. The term was first coined by former journalist and English techer Dan Bloom in the mid-2000s and covers fiction that explores the consequences of climate change. Read More

The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1943

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and already up to the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1943.

In 1943 the war continued to rage on, one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war was fought as the Battle of Leningrad raged through January, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising takes place, and many of the great atrocities of the Holocaust took place.

Among all that, books were still published and read and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1943, and some that didn’t make the list

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6 Brilliant Suspense Novels by New Authors to Read This April

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The crime and suspense thriller genre is hot property right now thanks to authors like Val McDermid, Gillian Flynn, Karin Slaughter and others. The genre is hot, and as such it’s difficult to break into but today we’re recommending six suspense/crime novels by debut authors that we think are worth your time!

All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1942

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and already up to the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1942.

In 1942 the war continued to rage on, Nazis decided on the ‘final solution’ and the worst of the Holocaust atrocities began with more than a million people exterminated in 1942 alone, while the rest of the year was dominated with battles, the US organising its military, and Japanese involvement in the war.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1942 as war gripped the world. We’ve also included some well known books that didn’t make the list.

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1941

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and already up to the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1941.

1941 was dominated by World War II. Germany invaded Poland, 10,072 men, women and children with mental and physical disabilities are asphyxiated with carbon monoxide in the first phase of mass killings by the Nazis, The V for Victory sign is first used as a form of resistance, and in better news Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak begins for the New York Yankees.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1941 as war gripped the world. We’ve also included some well known books that didn’t make the list.

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10 Books to Help Your Mourn the Loss of Fleabag

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It’s not often a television show speaks to me so personally but the eponymous Fleabag, which has just ended its run on BBC2 goes down as one of the best shows of my life. It was so good I watched the entire two seasons again when the last episode had finished, and days later I am still feeling her loss as keenly as the loss of a friend.

If you haven’t watched it, then I am recommending it right now. The entire show was a masterpiece, not a line or a camera shot wasted as Fleabag dealt with the loss of her mother, the loss of her best friend, the acceptance of being an imperfect human being, and all the trials and tribulations in between.
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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1940

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and today we’re into a new decade as we look at the top ten bestselling books of 1940.

1940 was dominated by World War II. Food rationing began in the UK, the Soviet Union stepped into the war, Mussolini met with Hitler, and Germany invaded many countries including Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, while Italy invaded Greece. It’s surprising there was time or peace for writing fiction.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1940 as war gripped the world. We’ve also included some well known books that didn’t make the list.

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: April 2019

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It’s almost the end of March and that means we’ve asked you what books you’ve loved this month to create the top 20 for April. Every month we ask members of our reading group what books they’ve loved this month and from that list we create a top 20.

With our new reading challenge for 2019 inspired by authors’ birthdays, the challenge has affected the books voted for and we’re see authors appearing in the Top 20 during their birthday months.

April’s Top 20 is here, all voted for by you!  Read More