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The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s 

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Updated June 14, 2019 75.2k views 95 items
A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1970's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1970 through 1979. All types of novels have been included and each of them has made it into the top ten. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The best selling novels on this list were the most popular books in the United States during the 70's, so you can be sure they're well written and enjoyable (depending, of course, on your preferred literary genre). This list is intended to help long-time readers and newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best selling novels of all time.
list ordered by
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1876 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Gore Vidal
Year in the Top Ten: 1976
2
A Stranger in the Mirror... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Sidney Sheldon
Year in the Top Ten: 1976
3
August 1914 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Year in the Top Ten: 1972
4
Beggarman, Thief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Irwin Shaw
Year in the Top Ten: 1977
5
Bloodline is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Sidney Sheldon
Year in the Top Ten: 1978
6
Breakfast of Champions ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Kurt Vonnegut
Year in the Top Ten: 1973
7
Burr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Gore Vidal
Year in the Top Ten: 1973
8
Captains and the Kings ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Taylor Caldwell
Year in the Top Ten: 1972
9
Centennial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
James A. Michener
Year in the Top Ten: 1974
10
Chesapeake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
James A. Michener
Year in the Top Ten: 1978
11
Curtain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Agatha Christie
Year in the Top Ten: 1975
12
Daniel Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
John Fowles
Year in the Top Ten: 1977
13
Delta of Venus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Anaïs Nin
14
Jacqueline Susann's Dolo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Jacqueline Susann
Year in the Top Ten: 1976
15
Dreams die first is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Harold Robbins
Year in the Top Ten: 1977
16
Evening in Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Irwin Shaw
Year in the Top Ten: 1973
17
Evergreen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Belva Plain
Year in the Top Ten: 1978
18
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Ken Follett
Year in the Top Ten: 1978
19
Fools Die is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Mario Puzo
Year in the Top Ten: 1978
20
Great lion of God is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Taylor Caldwell
Year in the Top Ten: 1970
21
How to Save Your Own Lif... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Erica Jong
Year in the Top Ten: 1977
22
Humboldt's Gift is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Saul Bellow
Year in the Top Ten: 1975
23
I Heard the Owl Call My ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Margaret Craven
Year in the Top Ten: 1974
24
Illusions: The Adventure... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Years in the Top Ten: 1977, 1978
25
Islands in the Stream is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
Ernest Hemingway
Year in the Top Ten: 1970