10 Best-Selling Fiction Book Of All Time

10 Best-Selling Fiction Books of All Time


By Alastair Brown - an author who writes crime thriller books featuring an unlicensed outlaw private eye named Joe Beck who embarks on raw elemental quests for justice. Books | Facebook | Twitter | Email Sign Up

Here's a list of the best-selling fiction books of all time.

These top-selling novels span many time period, with some even multiple centuries old, and cover many genres (from romance to horror and romance), writers, and original languages.

Enjoy sifting through, and if you get the chance, why not pick up a copy of the few that jump out at you most?

A Tale of Two Cities

By Charles Dickens

Copies Sold: More than 200 million

Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities portrays a world on fire, split between Paris and London during the brutal and bloody events of the French Revolution. he novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met.

The Lord of the Rings

By J. R. R. Tolkien

Copies Sold: More than 150 million

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel that began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work.

The Little Prince

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Copies Sold: More than 140 million

The Little Prince is a novella, first published in April 1943. It's a classic tale of equal appeal to children and adults. On one level, it is the story of an airman's discovery, in the desert, of a small boy from another planet - the Little Prince of the title - and his stories of intergalactic travel, while on the other hand it is a thought-provoking allegory of the human condition.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J. K. Rowling

Copies Sold: More than 120 million

Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt's and Uncle's house. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life, until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to him and all hell breaks loose!

The Hobbit

By J. R. R. Tolkien

Copies Sold: More than 100 million

The Hobbit is set within Tolkien's fictional universe and follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins, the titular hobbit, to win a share of the treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into more sinister territory.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Carroll

Copies Sold: More than 100 million

Alice follows a curious White Rabbit down a hole and falls into Wonderland, a fantastical place where nothing is quite as it seems: animals talk, nonsensical characters confuse, Mad Hatters throw tea parties and the Queen plays croquet. Alice’s attempts to find her way home become increasingly bizarre, infuriating and amazing in turn.

Dream of the Red Chamber

By Cao Xueqin

Copies Sold: More than 100 million

For more than a century and a half, "Dream of the Red Chamber" has been recognized in China as the greatest of its novels, a Chinese Romeo-and-Juliet love story and a portrait of one of the world's great civilizations.

And Then There Were None

By Agatha Christie

Copies Sold: More than 100 million

A thrilling murder mystery that sees ten people invited to Soldier Island by a mysterious character, only then to find themselves in a dangerous situation as they watch each other get picked off one by one according to an old nursery rhyme. The novel keeps you guessing, and chances are you won’t know who the murderer is until the last page of the book.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

By C. S. Lewis

Copies Sold: More than 85 million

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children. It is the first published and best known of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia.

The Da Vinci Code

By Dan Brown

Copies Sold: More than 85 million

Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci - and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history.

Make sure to check out this book, too:

Army of One: Introducing Joe Beck

By Alastair Brown

The first book in the Joe Beck series. Ex-cop turned outlaw private eye, Joe Beck, is in McAllen, Texas, for the funeral of an old friend who, he heard, took his own life.

He bumps into a beautiful escort named Sapphire and makes plans to spend the night with her...that is, before they're abducted at gun point and bundled into the back of a black SUV by three men they've never seen before. Three men who know a whole lot more about Joe Beck's dead friend than they ought to.

If you read fiction and you like crime thrillers and mysteries, check out my Joe Beck thriller books. You might just find the next book series you'll become addicted to.

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