The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1977

By October 14, 2019 Discussion 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 1977.

1977 was a bit of a year of contradictions, as the old world and new world crashed. It was modern enough for Star Wars to hit the cinemas and for the Apple II computers to go on sale, but in France the last person was killed by Guillotine. Elvis Presley died on stage, aged 42. In the UK the Silver Jubilee celebrations took place, marking 25 years since the Queen’s coronation.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1977, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough


Illusions – Richard Bach


The Honourable Schoolboy – John le Carre


Oliver’s Story – Erich Segal


Dreams Die First – Harold Robbins


Beggarman, Thief – Irwin Shaw


How to Save Your Own Life – Erica Jong


Delta of Venus – Anais Nin


Daniel Martin – John Fowles


1977 also saw the release of Stephen King’s The Shining, and A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1978, coming soon!

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