Best Selling Novels Of All Time


Best Selling Novels of All Times (2)Best Selling Novels” are those novels that had the highest number of estimated sales since its publication. This list considers sales figures of individual books and not the figure of the entire series.

Only the books whose sales figures could be estimated from the most reliable sources. So the books,even though might be best selling, but whose sales estimates are not available, have not been included in this list.

the-hobbit-flat-coverFirst published in 1937, The Hobbit is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings.

Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins’ grand father, suddenly finds a whole lot of people in his peaceful home. They were all invited by Gandalf.

This book describes the start of all the things that were put to an end in the Lord of the Rings.

Check out the movie trailer here:

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Catcher in the RyeA very witty account of the life of a very Cynical Teenager.

In this book, Holden narrates a few days of his life. He gives his views on everything and everyone around him. He spares no one, the people in his school, the teachers, his parents, everyone is mentioned.

The way he narrates the incidents and the words he uses to describe his experiences, have led to this book being on many “Banned Books” lists as well.

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3. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)

thelittleprince-richardhowardLe Petit Prince has been translated in 250 languages and sold over one forty million copies worldwide.

Along with watercolour illustrations done by the author, the book starts with a young boy who loves drawing. Unfortunately the adults around him fail to see his creativity and advice him to take up a more “practical” hobby.

Now an adult, the boy is now a pilot, who finds himself stranded in Sahara desert. Here, he meets a little prince. Talking to the prince, he discovers that the price has fallen to Earth from an asteroid.

The story has a lot of hidden philosophical undercurrents and is high of social criticism.

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4. A Tale of Two Cities

Tale of Two Cities Book cover“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us”

Thus starts A Tale of Two Cities, set during the French revolution in London and Paris. Since it’s publication, more than 200 million copies have been sold.

The novel brings to light the plight of the common people while the aristocrats lived in luxury. It also showed the parallel plight of the Londoners.

This 45 chapter book is divided in three parts. The first part introduced Dr. Manette, who was obsessed with making shoes, the skill he had learnt from when he was in prison. The second part is dedicated to two British spies, John Barsad and Roger Cly, who want to frame a Frenchman for their personal gains. While the third part has all the characters lives intermingling and the story coming to a close.

Watch the movie adaptation here:

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5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher's_Stone_Book_CoverAlso published under “Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone” for American Audience, this first book of the famous Harry Potter Series, has sold more than 107 million copies worldwide.

Harry Potter lives with the Dursleys, his mother’s sister’s family. He is an unwelcome person in the Dursley household, stays in a small space under their stairs.

At midnight on his eleventh birthday, a giant comes suddenly to tell him a wizard and he is expected to join Hogwarts, a wizarding school.

Harry learns the circumstances of his parent’s death, the reason that is his the most famous wizard, and how his life is in constant danger.

See the movie trailer here:

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6. And Then There Were None

and then there were noneOriginally published as “Ten Little Niggers”, “And Then There Were None”, is considered the best work by Agatha Christie.

Ten strangers receive a letter from old acquaintance, inviting them to an Island for a short holiday. Each person has a past, a terrible past. Each has been accused of murder of some or other person.

Reaching the island, they find themselves cut off from the rest of the world, with no sign of their host.

One after another, the ten start to die. With no access to the outer world, one thing is certain. The person who was murdering the rest, was among the ten.

Will these people find the murderer, before they all end up dead?

Watch the movie trailer here:

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7. Dream of the Red Chamber

Dream Of The Red ChamberAlso called the The Story of the Stone, this is considered a masterpiece of Chinese Literature.

The plot is aptly described by the lines: Truth becomes fiction when the fiction’s true; Real becomes not-real where the unreal’s real.

The story is about two branches of Jia Clan: the Rongguos and the Ninguos, who stay in two adjacent large family houses. With over thirty main characters, the storyline includes the wealth and prestige of the clan and the subsequent fall from the Empire.

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8. She: The History of Adventure

SheThis best selling book is a first person narrative of Horace Holly. Horace and his ward, Leo Vincey are on a journey to the lost kingdom in the interiors of Africa.

In their journey, they meet an ancient race of natives and their mysterious queen, Ayesha.Ayesha is an all powerful “She” and She must always be obeyed.

The story has its roots in the British colonialism in South Africa. Haggard has received high accreditation as well as high critic his female centric theme and the way of exploring female behaviour and authority.

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9. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and The WardrobeFirst published as a high fantasy novel for children, this is the second book of the Narnia Series.

This is the first book where Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are introduced. These four are sent off to live with a professor due to world war 2. In the professor’s house, Lucy finds the magical cupboard that was introduced in The Magician’s Nephew.

Through this cupboard, Lucy finds herself in the Magical land of Narnia. She comes back and takes the rest three to Narnia.

In Narnia, the Evil Witch takes Edmund, and it is up to Peter, Susan and Lucy to save him.

Check out the movie trailer here:

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10. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and The Half Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the sixth part of the Harry Potter Series. Released on 16th July 2005, the book sold nine million copies in the first 24 hours after it was released.

Set in Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts, this book delves into the past of He who must not be named, Lord Voldemort.

Meanwhile, Harry, along with Mentor, Professor Albus Dumbledore, starts preparing for the final battle.

The book has darker tones than its prequels. While the humor was still there, major casualties of the war and their psychological impact came out.

Check out the movie trailer here:

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