The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1987

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 1987!

Dominating the news in 1987 was the Zeebrugge MS Herald of Free Enterprise Ferry Disaster, and a large fire at King’s Cross Station in London making it a big year for tragedies. In the US the first episode of The Simpsons aired! Work on the Channel Tunnel started too. In medicine a new drug AZT is used for the first time for the treatment of AIDS, and the first ever person was convicted using DNA evidence

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1987, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

The Tommyknockers – Stephen King


Patriot Games – Tom Clancy


Kaleidoscope – Danielle Steel


Leaving Home – Garrison Keillor


Windmill of the Gods – Sydney Sheldon


Presumed Innocent – Scott Turow


Fine Things – Danielle Steel


Heaven and Hell – John Jakes


The Eyes of the Dragon – Stephen King


1987 also saw the release of Toni Morrison’s Beloved , and The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1988, coming soon!

If you’d like to see all the lists so far, try this search

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