List of Top Ten Best Selling Fiction Books of All Time 2016 Ranking
10. The Moth Catcher (Vera Stanhope 7 Main Market Ed.)
Life seems ideal in Valley Farm, a secret society in Northumberland. Then a surprising discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have worked a house-sitter, a young ecologist named Patrick, to look after the place while they are away. But Patrick is pronounced dead on the side of the lane into the valley…D.I. Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, where she discovers the body of a second man. All the two victims have in common is a fascination with moths infectious these beautiful, rare creatures. Those who live in the Valley Farm development have secrets too: Annie and Sam’s daughter owe to be released from prison any day; Nigel watches, silently, every day, from his window. As Vera is drawn into the narrow world of this increasingly isolated community, she realizes that there may be deadly secrets trapped here.
9. Strictly Between Us
It’s all in a day’s work. Tamsin and her best friend Michelle have been inseparable as they were teenagers. Even now they use all their time together, along with Patrick, Michelle’s handsome husband. So when Tamsin hears a rumor that Patrick is having an affair, she is furious. Resistant to ignore it, Tamsin plots a scheme to catch Patrick in the act, doing her assistant Bea as live-bait. It should be fool proof. After all, Tamsin can trust Bea with anything. From her daily coffee order to fetching her dry-cleaning, writing reports and doing all the filing Bea does all with a smile on her face. Except Tamsin never considered Bea might have her agenda. And if she does, then Tamsin needs to watch her back.
8. The Versions of Us
What if you had said yes? Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman future him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What follows next will determine the rest of their lives. We support three different versions of their future together, and apart as their love story takes on many incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day. The Tales of Us is an outstanding debut novel about the choices we make and the diverse paths that our lives might follow. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?
7. The Dollmaker’s Daughters
This is a compelling saga set in turn-of-the-twentieth-century London from the Sunday Times bestselling writer. For Ruby and Rosetta Capretti life in the slums of the East End holds little promise. While very similar in looks they dream of very different futures. Coquettish, flamboyant Rosetta is frantic to leave the claustrophobic confines of the sewing sweatshop to follow in her wayward aunt’s footsteps and work under the bright lights of the music hall. Ruby, quieter and more economical, has always longed to train as a nurse, a pipe-dream for a girl from her modest background. And then, by the side of their father’s grave, they meet handsome Jonas Crowe. But little do they know how much one man will affect both their lives forever.
6. Room (Media tie-in)
A better film starring Brie Larson Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the Orange Prize Jack is five. He resides in a single, locked room with his Ma. Room by Emma Donoghue is an extraordinarily powerful story of a mother and child reserved in isolation, and the desire for, and price of, freedom. ‘Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it’s over, you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different, and that feeling lingers for days’ Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Guess if the next thriller you opened was all about you. When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up and begins to read. But as she turns the pages she is horrified to realize she is an essential character, the central player. This story will reveal her darkest secret. A secret she thought no one else knew.
4. Not Quite Nice
Sunday Times Hit Theresa is desperate for a change. Made of early retirement, tired of babysitting her bossy daughter’s obnoxious children, she sells her house and moves to a picture-perfect town, just outside Nice. Once the hideaway of artists and writers, Bellevue-Sur-Mer is now home to the lone movie star and, as Theresa discovers, a robust set of expats. Settling into the gentle rhythm of the seaside, Theresa includes her new-found friendships and play. But life is nevermore as simple as it seems, and when plans fall out of several closets, Theresa starts to wonder if life on the French Riviera is quite as beautiful as it first appeared.
3. The Revenant (Film tie-in edition)
THE BOOK THAT INSPIRED THE MOVIE The novel that inspired Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s epic new film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. BLOOD LOST. LIFE FOUND. Hugh Glass is not afraid to die. He’s done it once already. The Rocky Mountains, 1823 when expert tracker Glass is viciously mauled by a bear, death seems predictable. The two men ordered to remain with him until him to dies to flee, stripping him of his rifle and hatchet and leaving him to die alone. But soon a grim, horribly scarred figure is seen wandering, asking after two men, one with a gun that seems too good for him. The Revenant is an extraordinary tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
2. Private Sydney (Private 10)
Even for Private Investigations, the world’s top detective organization, it’s tough to find a man who doesn’t exist…Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will examine the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn’t be difficult to find. Notwithstanding the most advanced technology at their disposal, they get every trace of him has vanished too. And they are not the only ones on the hunt. Influential figures want Moss to stay ‘lost’ while others just as ruthlessly want him found. Meanwhile, a routine background check becomes a frantic race to find a stolen baby and catch a brutal killer a killer Private may well have sent straight to the victim’s door.
1. A God in Ruins
A God in Ruins describes the life of Teddy Todd would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in the future he never expected to have. This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war that great fall of Man from grace and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it but on the lives of the following generations. It is also about the enduring magic of fiction. Those who enjoyed the best-selling Life after Life will recognize Teddy as Ursula Todd’s adored younger brother but for those who have not read it, A God in Walls stands entirely on its own. Few will dispute that it proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the most good novelists of our age.