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The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s  

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A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1980's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1980 through 1989. 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 80'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.
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...And Ladies of the Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Year in the Top Ten: 1984
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2010: Odyssey Two is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Arthur C. Clarke
Year in the Top Ten: 1982
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A Perfect Spy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
John le Carré
Year in the Top Ten: 1986
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Alaska is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
James A. Michener
Year in the Top Ten: 1988
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AN INDECENT OBSESSION is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Colleen McCullough
Year in the Top Ten: 1981
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California Gold is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
John Jakes
Year in the Top Ten: 1989
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Caribbean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
James A. Michener
Year in the Top Ten: 1989
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Changes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1983
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Christine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1983
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Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Tom Clancy
Year in the Top Ten: 1989
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Contact is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Carl Sagan
Year in the Top Ten: 1985
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Cujo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1981
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Daddy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1989
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Different Seasons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1982
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E.T., The Extraterrestrial is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Year in the Top Ten: 1982
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Family Album is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1985
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Fine Things is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1987
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Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King
Year in the Top Ten: 1980
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Full circle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1984
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Goodbye, Janette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Harold Robbins
Year in the Top Ten: 1981
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Gorky Park is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Martin Cruz Smith
Year in the Top Ten: 1981
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Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
John Jakes
Year in the Top Ten: 1987
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Hollywood Husbands is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Jackie Collins
Year in the Top Ten: 1986
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Hollywood Wives is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Jackie Collins
Year in the Top Ten: 1983
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I'll Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Judith Krantz
Year in the Top Ten: 1986