When you skim the list of the 1956 bestselling novels, you’ll see some titles that will be familiar if you’re a fan of classic movies: The top four were each converted for the big screen and turn up regularly on cable TV movie channels.
As I post my reviews, you’ll realize—as if you didn’t already know—that great cinema does not always come from a great novel.
Publishing dates for 1956 bestseller reviews
Here’s the list and publishing dates for my posts. Links to previously posted reviews are shown for the three 1956 bestsellers that were held over from 1955.
Don’t Go Near the Water by William Brinkley [Feb. 16, 2016]
The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor [Feb. 20, 2016]
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
Eloise by Kay Thompson [Feb. 23, 2016]
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
A Certain Smile by Francoise Sagan [Feb. 27, 2016]
The Tribe That Lost Its Head by Nicholas Monsarrat [Mar. 8, 2016]
The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir [Mar. 12, 2016]
Boon Island by Kenneth Roberts [Mar. 15, 2016]
I’ll let you pick your favorites on Saturday, March 12, and give my top choices on Tuesday, March 15.