The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1986

We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re more than half way through the 80s now and today we’re bringing you the bestselling books of 1986!

Dominating the news in 1986 was the biggest nuclear disaster the world had ever seen as Chernobyl Power Station exploded. Other smaller stories happened too, and in the UK the first cases of BSE, the illness that became known as Mad Cow Disease was spotted in cattle. In technology the Internet Mail Access Protocol was established, paving the way for email, and after years of successful space exploration the Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take off in front of a television audience.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1986, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

Whirlwind – James Clavell


The Bourne Supremacy – Robert Ludlam


Hollywood Husbands – Jackie Collins


Wanderlust – Danielle Steel


I’ll Take Manhattan – Judith Krantz


Last of the Breed – Louis L’Amour


The Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy


A Perfect Spy – John le Carre


1986 also saw the release of Alan Moore’s Watchmen , which is currently up for adaptation.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1987, coming soon!

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