The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1947

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 we’re now approaching the end of the 1940s as we feature 1947.

In 1947 we saw the Roswell incident, the International Monetary Fund was founded, India and Pakistan gained independence from the UK, and a US postage stamp cost 3c.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1947, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

The Miracle of The Bells – Russell Janney


The Moneyman – Thomas B. Costain


Gentleman’s Agreement – Laura Z. Hobson


Lydia Bailey – Kenneth Roberts


The Vixens – Frank Yerby


The Wayward Bus – John Steinbeck


House Divided – Ben Ames Williams


Kingsblood Royal – Sinclair Lewis


East Side, West Side – Marcia Davenport


Prince of Foxes – Samuel Shellaburger


1947 also saw the release of James A. Michener’s,  Tales of the South Pacific.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1948, coming soon!

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

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