My picks of the 1969 bestsellers

The three bestsellers of 1969 that retain the most value for 2017 readers each deal in very different ways with family relationships: The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth, and The Promise by Chaim Potok. The Godfather is first a father. I suspect  The Godfather is known as a Mafia thriller because […]

The House on the Strand lacks curb appeal

In The House on the Strand, an historical novel meets a sci-fi novel. The two don’t get along well. Dick Young gladly accepts the offer of longtime friend’s Cornwall estate, Kilmarth, for his family for the summer. Dick and Magnus were in university together and remained close until Dick’s marriage. Dick’s wife, Vita, disliked Magnus […]

Familiar names on 1969 bestseller list

The 1969 bestseller list includes several titles and novelists that will be instantly recognized by any reader of twentieth century fiction. The novelist in 10th place for The House on the Strand, Dame Daphne du Maurier, published nine bestsellers between 1930 and 1969, beginning with Rebecca in 1938. That’s almost a bestseller every third year. 1969 […]