Top 10 Best Selling Fiction Writers of All Time

We have read novels of contemporary and deceased writers, only a few remain imprinted in our memory. Those popular novels still sells like hot cakes. A look into some of the best selling fiction writers will help you to know more about their works.

1. Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is a popular English crime writer who has written nearly 66 detective novels. Her fictional characters Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple still spreads her fame among innumerable readers. Some of her noteworthy works are “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”, “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd”  “And Then There Were None”, etc. The Guinness Book of World Records has named Agatha Christie as a bestselling writer of all times. Her novels have so far sold more than two billion copies.

2. Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel is a renowned American novelist. She ranks as one of the top selling author of all times. More than 800 million copies of her novels have been so sold so far. Her works have been translated into 28 languages and has fetched her two times the Golden globe nominations.  Some of her renowned works include “Going Home”, “once in a lifetime”, “a perfect stranger”, etc.

3. Harold Robbins

Harold Robbins

Harold Robins is a celebrated top selling author who has written 25 novels.  His works have been translated int0 32 languages and has more than 750 million copies. Before becoming a fulltime writer, Harold Robins did miscellaneous jobs like errand boy, inventory clerk. Robins mixed his individual experience in his novels and spiced them with glamour, sex, action and melodrama.  Some of acclaimed works are “The Carpetbaggers”, “The Dream Merchants”, “The Betsy”, “The Piranhas”,etc.

4. Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon is an American writer whose television career spanned for more than two decades. Before becoming a writer Sheldon had a short stint as military pilot in the 2nd world war, but he did not witness any action as his unit got disbanded. He came back to civilian life and began to write screen plays for the Paramount pictures and MGM studios. He became very popular when he touched the age of 50, he started penning some of the most renowned works like  “the other side of Mid-night”, “ master of the game”, “ rage of angels “, etc.

5. Enid Blyton

nenidblyton

Enid Blyton is a renowned British children’s writer. He is famous for writing the famous five and secret seven series of novels. Her books have sold more than 600 million copies and have been translated into nearly ninety languages.

6. J.k. Rowling

J.k. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is a English novelist renowned for her Harry Potter fantasy series. Her novels become an instant hit, earned global recognition. Her books bagged numerous awards and more than 400 million copies have been sold. J.K. Rowling’s life is a rag to riches. Before becoming a writer, Rowling worked with Amnesty international as bilingual secretary and researcher. Her personal life was tormented with issues like her mother’s death, and separation from her first husband. While waiting for a delayed train from Manchester to London in the year 1990, she conceived the Harry potter series idea. After a lapse of 7 years her first novel “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone got published in 1997 followed by six sequels. Rowling’s novels fetched her multi-millionaire status.

7. Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins is another popular British author. She has till date written 29 novels and all of them got a place in the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of her works was made into feature films. Some of her renowned works include “Chances”, “Hollywood wives”, “Lady Boss”, etc.

8. Stephen King

Stephen King

Stephen king is an American science and super natural fictional writer. More than 350 million copies of his books have been sold. Some of renowned novels include “The Talisman”, “Misery”. “Insomnia”, “Christine”, etc.

9. Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffery Archer is a popular British writer and ex- politician. “Kane and Abel”, “Shall we tell the President”, “ Honour among thieves” are some of  Archer’s noteworthy novels . His novels have sold more than 250 million copies.

10. John Grisham

John Grisham

John Grisham is a renowned American writer, lawyer and politician. He is very much popular for his famed legal thrillers.  His maiden novel “The Firm” catapulted Grisham into the limelight by selling 7 million copies in the year 1991.  “The Firm” was made into feature film with Tom Cruise playing the lead role. “ The Client”, “The Chamber”, “The Pelican Brief”, “The Runaway Jury” are some of John Grisham’s popular legal thriller which were adapted to the silver screen.

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  1. August 26, 2016

    […] category for nearly a century. In fact she is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best selling  author of all time! If you’ve never read the Inspector Gamache novels of Louise Penny, set in […]

  2. October 30, 2016

    […] a brief discussion of these non-English language adaptations. Given that Christie’s work has famously sold over two billion copies worldwide, half of them in translation (Makinen 2010: 416), and has inspired adaptations in contexts as […]

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