A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens is a novel and is considered to be one of the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. With over 200 million copies sold, the novel is set in Paris and London during and before the French Revolution.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
‘The Lord of the Rings’ by English author J.R.R. Tolkien is the second bestselling novel ever written. With over 150 million copies sold, The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel which is a sequel to Tolkien’s 1937 children’s fantasy novel “The Hobbit.” But gradually and eventually it developed into a much larger and bigger work. The novel is written in stages between the period of 1937 and 1949, much of the novel is written during the Second World War.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
‘The Little Prince’ is the most popular work of the French writer, aristocrat, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Little Prince is a novella first published in 1943. Voted as the best book of 20th century in France, The Little Prince is the most-translated and most-read book in French language. With over 140 million copies sold worldwide, it has undoubtedly become one of the best-selling books ever published.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling published on 26 June 1997 by Bloomsbury in London is the first novel in the Harry potter series. The novel became the best selling fiction in August 1999. The novel has been made into a feature film with the same name and has been translated into many other languages. The story of this novel revolves around Harry Potter, a young wizard who makes friends and enemies in the first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During this same period he also discovers his magical heritage.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
‘And Then There Were None’ by Agatha Christie is Christie’s best-selling novel with 100 million copies sold which makes it the world’s best selling mystery ever. The novel has been made into several films and is one of the best-selling books of all time. It was first published on 6 November 1939 in the United Kingdom as ‘Ten Little Niggers.’ This name was changed to “And Then There Were None” (which is the last line of the rhyme) for the first American edition.
Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
‘Dream of the Red Chamber’ by Cao Xueqin was written in the middle of 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. This novel is one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels and is considered to be the pinnacle of Chinese fiction. It is generally acknowledged as a masterpiece of Chinese literature. There is a field of study called “Redology” which is exclusively devoted to this work. Dream of the Red Chamber is considered to be semi-autobiographical which portrays the rise and decay of author Cao Xueqin’s own family.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien published on 21 September 1937 is a fantasy novel for children. The book was awarded a price from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction and was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Forms of heroism and personal growth are central themes of this critically acclaimed book. Owing to book’s financial and critical success, publisher requested for a sequel as a result of which Tolkien’s worked on the successor called “The Lord of the Rings.”
She a History of Adventure by H Rider Haggard
‘She’, subtitled A History of Adventure is one of the best seller books of all time with over 83 million copies sold in 44 different languages as of 1965. The novel is one of the classics of imaginative literature, first serialised in ‘The Graphic’ magazine from October 1886 to January 1887. In literary historian Andrew M. Stauffer words, “’She’ has always been Rider Haggard’s most popular and influential novel, challenged only by King Solomon’s Mines in this regard.”
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950 is a high fantasy novel for children. This novel is the most widely held in libraries, among all the author’s books. It is the best known as well as the first published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956).
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown is a 2003 detective-mystery novel. The title of the novel refers to the fact that the murder victim is found naked and posed like Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing, the ‘Vitruvian Man’ in the Grand gallery of the Louvre. The story follows cryptologist Sophie Neveu’s and symbologist Robert Langdon’s journey as they investigate the murder.