The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1988

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 1988!

Dominating the news in 1988 was the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, a small town in Scotland. Elsewhere in the UK the £1 note stopped being legal tender. Relations between the US and Russia dominated the news as Reagan and Gorbachev rattified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and after eight years the Iran/Iraq was was over.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1988, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

The Cardinal of the Kremlin – Tom Clancy

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The Sands of Time – Sidney Sheldon

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Zoya – Danielle Steel

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The Icarus Agenda – Robert Ludlum

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Alaska – James Michener

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Till We Meet Again – Judith Krantz

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Queen of the Damned – Anne Rice

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To Be The Best – Barbara Taylor Bradford

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One – Richard Bach

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Mitla Pass – Leon Uris

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1988 also saw the release of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera , and A Time to Kill by John Grisham.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1989, coming soon!

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