The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1971

By September 13, 2019Discussion and Recommendations

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 1970s as today we cover the bestselling fiction of 1971.

In 1971, Intel released the world’s first micro-processor, heralding the start of the digital age, while the Walt Disney World Resort opens in Florida in the US. In the UK the entire currency changes as decimalisation comes in. On the other side of the world, India and Pakistan break into war, in a move that will lead to the creation of Bangladesh.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1971, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

Wheels – Arthur Hailey


The Exorcist – William Blatty


The Passions of the Mind – Irving Stone


The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth


The Betsy – Harold Robbins


Message from Malaga – Helen MacInnes


The Winds of War – Herman Wouk


The Drifters – James Michener


The Other – Thomas Tryon


Rabbit Redux – John Updike


1970 also saw the release of The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor .

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1972, coming soon!

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