The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1982

We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re into a new decade and today we’re bringing you the bestselling books of 1982!

1982 was a musical year, the first CD player sold in Japan, and in the US, Michael Jackson released Thriller. Around the world Dutch Elm disease killed millions of elm trees, and Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, sending the UK to war.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1982, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial Storybook – William Kotzwinkle


Space – James Michener


The Parsifal Mosaic – Robert Ludlam


Master of the Game – Sidney Sheldon


Mistral’s Daughter – Judith Krantz


Valley of the Horses – Jean M. Auel


Different Seasons – Stephen King


North and South – John Jakes


2010: Odyssey Two – Arthur C. Clarke


1982 also saw the release of Thomas Keneally’s Schindler’s Ark and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1983, coming soon!

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