The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1964

We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now and we’re into the 1960s and almost half way through this series.

We’re covering each year at a time and we’re more than forty years in now with 1964 covered today!

1964 saw the Civil Rights Act signed into law, causing race riots across America. The Beatles held the top five positions in the Top 40, and the first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline was launched. Also in the US the Surgeon General reported that smoking may lead to lung cancer. Around the world, Mods and Rockers fought at British seaside resorts, the Vietnam war raged on, and Malta gained independence from the UK.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1964, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John Le Carre

Buy

Candy – Terry Southern/ Mason Hoffenberg

Buy

Herzog – Saul Bellow

Buy

Armageddon – Leon Uris

Buy

Irving Wallace – The Man

Buy

The Rector of Justin – Louis Auchincloss

Buy

The Martyred – Richard E. Kim

Buy

You Only Live Twice – Ian Fleming

Buy

This Rough Magic – Mary Stewart

Buy

Convention – Fletcher Knebel/Charles W. Bailey, II

Buy

1964 also saw the release of Christopher Isherwood’s, A Single Man and Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1965, coming soon!

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

Leave a Reply