7 More Best Selling Books of the 20th Century


4. Le Petit Prince


This is the only French and the second non-English book in our list. The title means The Little Prince. The book was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1943. The book has been translated in as many as 190 languages and has been sold over 80 million copies. The book’s story about the exploration and experiences of the Sahara desert has been adopted by a number of plays on stage and screen.

 

3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

A 1950 book which has been recently filmed by Walt Disney by the name of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This book was written by C. S. Lewis. The book goes about four siblings in the World War 2 era when they were sent to their uncle’s place. One of the siblings found a passage through the wardrobe where there was a whole new world. 85 million copies have been sold till today.

 

2. And Then There Were None


And Then There Were None is a detective story by Agatha Christie written in English and was published in 1939 in the United Kingdom. The book is also titled as Ten Little. The book goes about 10 people who per previously involved in murder and got away. These 10 people are tricked and called in an island where they get killed one by one. The book has also been written and filmed under the name 10 little Indians. The book was originally published in 1939 and has sold 100 million copies.

 

1. The Hobbit


The Hobbit was published in 1937. Written by J. R. R. Tolkien sold over 100 million copies. The book is also published under the name of There and Back Again. The Hobbit is a fantasy novel been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. The book has also been nominated by New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book was followed by the huge success The Lord of the Rings.

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