The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1979

By October 29, 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 at the end of the 1970s as we look at the bestselling books of 1978.

1979 witnessed the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, and the USSR invaded Afghanistan. For the first time in history a woman was voted Prime Minister of the UK as Margaret Thatcher came to power, and across the world China brought in its one child per family rule. In lighter news Trivial Pursuit hit the shelves, Pink Floyd released The Wall, and Sony released the Walkman!

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1979, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

Matarese Circle – Robert Ludlam


Sophie’s Choice – William Styron


Overload – Arthur Hailey


Memories of Another Day – Harold Robbins


Jailbird – Kurt Vonnegut


The Dead Zone – Stephen King


The Last Enchantment – Mary Stewart


The Establishment – Howard Fast


Second Generation – Howard Fast


The Third World War – General Sir John Hackett


1979 also saw the release of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1980, coming soon!

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