The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1989

We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re almost at the end of the 80s now and today we’re bringing you the bestselling books of 1989!

Dominating the news in 1989 was unrest across Europe, which ended with the falling of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany. In computing the 486 series of microprocessor was released by Intel, paving the way for more powerful PCs, and Microsoft launched its Office suite, still available today.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1989, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

Clear and Present Danger – Tom Clancy


The Dark Half – Stephen King


Daddy – Danielle Steel


Star – Danielle Steel


Caribbean – James Michener


The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie


The Russia House – John Le Carre


California Gold – John Jakes


Mitla Pass – Leon Uris


1989 also saw the release of Katherine Dunn’s, cult classic Geek Love , and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1990, coming soon!

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