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 marked the first bestselling novel for Michael Crichton, whose later output would make him the first person to have a book, film, and television series simultaneously on the charts.
Here’s the list of 1969’s bestselling novels, with dates my reviews are to be published.
- Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth [Aug. 8, 2017]
- The Godfather by Mario Puzo [Aug. 12, 2017]
- The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann [Aug. 15, 2017]
- The Inheritors by Harold Robbins [Aug. 19, 2017]
- The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton [Aug. 22, 2017]
- The Seven Minutes by Irving Wallace [Aug. 26, 2017]
- Naked Came the Stranger by Penelope Ashe [Aug. 29, 2017]
- The Promise by Chaim Potok [Sept. 2, 2017]
- The Pretenders by Gwen Davis [Sept. 5, 2017]
- The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier [Sept. 9, 2017]
You’ll get a chance September 12 to tell fellow readers which of the 1969 bestsellers you think are still worth reading in the GreatPenformances reader poll.
On September 16, I’ll wrap up with my choices of the 1969 bestsellers that I think hold the most value for today’s readers.
And with that I’ll conclude my reviews of the bestselling novels of the first 70 years of the twentieth century.
© Linda Gorton Aragoni