The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1949

We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now with more than thirty years covered but it may be a while yet before we’ve completed the entire list.

We’re covering each year at a time and we’re now approaching the end of the 1940s as we feature 1949.

1949 saw the first Volkswagen Beetles sold in the US, prosperity began to return after the war, China embraced communism, the first ever soap opera aired, and in the UK the average house price approached £2,000.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1949, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

The Egyptian – Mika Waltari


The Big Fisherman – Lloyd C. Douglas


Mary – Sholem Asch


A Rage to Live – John O’Hara


Point of No Return – John P. Marquand


Dinner at Antoine’s – Frances Parkinson Keyes


High Towers – Thomas B. Costain


Cutlass Empire – F. Van Wyck Mason


Pride’s Castle – Frank Yerby


Father of the Bride – Edward Streeter


1948 also saw the release of George Orwell’s,  1984, and Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and other Stories

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1950, coming soon!

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

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