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Author Topic: What were the most popular fiction books in the 1970s?  (Read 1230 times)

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Not children's books. Books for teenagers would be okay.
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Re: What were the most popular fiction books in the 1970s?
« Reply #1 on: 20 November, 2017, 05:11:07 PM »

Sorry to have kept you waiting a year and a half for an answer to your question, Cosmos.  By now you've probably forgotten all about posting this question (way back in May last year!) - but your patience is rewarded at last. 

Here are the 1970's runaway top best sellers of the decade (at least for the US market - dunno about the British lists, maybe someone else can chip in?  Please?  Go on.  Have a crack.)

Anyhow, I hope this satisfies you for now...  Apart from the all time great Kurt Vonnegut, I haven't read any of these novels...not one. Some of them I have only even vaguely heard of.  Maybe it's time for me to stop reading so much chick lit in bed?)


Top slot on the podium goes to Gore Vidal. He topped the all time best sellers lists for the 1970s - with his novel '1876'.

Breathing down his neck came Sidney Sheldon with 'A Stranger in the Mirror'.

Third place - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with 'August 1924'.

Fourth, 'Beggarman, Thief' by Irwin Shaw.

Fifth, the truly great Kurt Vonnegut with 'Breakfast of Champions'.

In sixth place it's Gore Vidal again, this time with his novel 'Burr'.

Then coming up on the rails is 'Captains and the Kings' by Taylor Caldwell.

In ninth slot, James A Michener with 'Centennial'.

Finally, tenth place was snagged by James A Michener again, this time with his novel 'Chesapeake'.

Apart from 'Captains and the Kings' by Taylor Caldwell it's all geezers in the Top 10 - much different from the number of female authors in the list these days.

https://www.ranker.com/list/best-selling-novels-of-the-1970_s/bestselling-books

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Re: What were the most popular fiction books in the 1970s?
« Reply #2 on: 21 November, 2017, 07:51:05 PM »

Sorry to have kept you waiting a year and a half for an answer to your question, Cosmos.  By now you've probably forgotten all about posting this question (way back in May last year!) - but your patience is rewarded at last. 

Here are the 1970's runaway top best sellers of the decade (at least for the US market - dunno about the British lists, maybe someone else can chip in?  Please?  Go on.  Have a crack.)

Anyhow, I hope this satisfies you for now...  Apart from the all time great Kurt Vonnegut, I haven't read any of these novels...not one. Some of them I have only even vaguely heard of.  Maybe it's time for me to stop reading so much chick lit in bed?)


Top slot on the podium goes to Gore Vidal. He topped the all time best sellers lists for the 1970s - with his novel '1876'.

Breathing down his neck came Sidney Sheldon with 'A Stranger in the Mirror'.

Third place - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with 'August 1924'.

Fourth, 'Beggarman, Thief' by Irwin Shaw.

Fifth, the truly great Kurt Vonnegut with 'Breakfast of Champions'.

In sixth place it's Gore Vidal again, this time with his novel 'Burr'.

Then coming up on the rails is 'Captains and the Kings' by Taylor Caldwell.

In ninth slot, James A Michener with 'Centennial'.

Finally, tenth place was snagged by James A Michener again, this time with his novel 'Chesapeake'.

Apart from 'Captains and the Kings' by Taylor Caldwell it's all geezers in the Top 10 - much different from the number of female authors in the list these days.

https://www.ranker.com/list/best-selling-novels-of-the-1970_s/bestselling-books

Thanks for your reply my old Facebook friend . I'm still catching up on my reading of the books of earlier in my lifetime so it will be useful . :)
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Re: What were the most popular fiction books in the 1970s?
« Reply #3 on: 22 November, 2017, 11:12:47 PM »
Thanks for your reply my old Facebook friend . I'm still catching up on my reading of the books of earlier in my lifetime so it will be useful . :)

So Cosmos, you are still around and dipping in to IA from time to time!   I'd begun to wonder if your gardening had taken you over completely.  Glad to be able to help you with your bedtime reading - but I for one still miss your questions posted on IA.

Would it be too much to ask you to jot down a few more Q's to ask us while you are sprawled out down there on your recliner, basking in the Australian summer while we here are rubbing our mittens with glee as the first snows of winter are forecast to be heading our way from the Arctic.  Oh what fraptious joy!



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Re: What were the most popular fiction books in the 1970s?
« Reply #4 on: 22 November, 2017, 11:45:53 PM »
Thanks for your reply my old Facebook friend . I'm still catching up on my reading of the books of earlier in my lifetime so it will be useful . :)

So Cosmos, you are still around and dipping in to IA from time to time!   I'd begun to wonder if your gardening had taken you over completely.  Glad to be able to help you with your bedtime reading - but I for one still miss your questions posted on IA.

Would it be too much to ask you to jot down a few more Q's to ask us while you are sprawled out down there on your recliner, basking in the Australian summer while we here are rubbing our mittens with glee as the first snows of winter are forecast to be heading our way from the Arctic.  Oh what fraptious joy!

I may be able to fit in some question time in the evening around my Tea time, P-K .
The weather here in Western Sydney has been wetter and cooler than usual but warm enough for fruit to be growing .
Enjoy your snows! BTW I check IA every day .
Bare barbarer barberer rabarbera bra .