The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1942

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.

The Song of Bernadette – Franz Werfel

Buy

The Moon is Down – John Steinbeck

Buy

Dragon Seed – Pearl S. Buck

Buy

And Now Tomorrow – Rachel Field

Buy

Drivin’ Woman – Elizabeth Pickett

Buy

Windswept – Mary Ellen Chase

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The Robe – Lloyd C. Douglas

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The Sun is My Undoing – Marguerite Steen

Buy

Kings Row – Henry Bellamann

Buy

The Keys of the Kingdom – A. J Cronin

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1941 also saw the release of William Faulkner’s,  Go Down, Moses.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1943, coming soon!

If you’d like to see all the lists so far, try this search 

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