The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1953

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 as we make headway into the 1950s today we’re covering 1953.

In 1953, the first colour television sets went on sale, the first Bond novel was published, the Korean War finally came to an end, Eisenhower was inaugurated as the US president and the first polio vaccine was developed.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1953, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

The Robe – Lloyd C. Douglas

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The Silver Chalice – Thomas B. Costain

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Desiree – Annemarie Selinko

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Battle Cry – Leon Uris

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From Here to Eternity – James Jones

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The High and the Mighty – Ernest K. Gann

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Beyond This Place – A. J Cronin

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Time and Time Again – James Hilton

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Lord Vanity – Samuel Shellabarger

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The Unconquered – Ben Ames Williams

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1953 also saw the release of James Baldwin’s,  Go Tell it on the Mountain, and Ray Bradbury’s iconic  Fahrenheit 451

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1954, coming soon!

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

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