Books have been around since time immemorial and so have been best-selling authors. But best-selling authors don’t become best-selling authors just because they have written a bunch of words and throw them together in a book. They have achieved this status by taking random words and carving out a lucid story out of them. These authors take you into their world effortlessly and make you see what they want you to see. Do you remember “Alice in Wonderland”? Have you ever read a crazier story than that? But it is one of the best novels till date. Why? Because it simply takes you through Alice’s adventures without being too complicated about it.
Indeed, such authors, who can write so write so well that you associate their books rather than their faces to them, are the truly deserving bestsellers. And here’s a list of the bestselling authors of all time.
Best selling author #1: William Shakespeare
Whether you love him or hate him, William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, is here to stay. Even after so many years, his works are still included in schools and colleges for studying his famous (and often dreaded) iambic pentameter and his mastery over the English language. “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet”, “King Lear”, “The Tempest”, “Comedy of Errors”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and so many more of his works are popular. More than 4 billion copies of his books have been sold and there’s an ever-growing market for his works.
Best selling author #2: Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime, indeed. With over 70 books to her name, she has written some masterpieces like “And Then There Were None”, “Murder on the Orient Express”, and “Murder of Roger Ackroyd”. Some of her books are even included in middle- and high-schools. Agatha Christie ranks among the bestselling authors, only preceded by the Bible and William Shakespeare.
Best selling author #3: Barbara Cartland
If you measure the success of an author by their number of books, Barbara Cartland wins hands down. Barbara Cartland wrote mushy romance novels that would make you sigh with pleasure. She has written 723 novels during her writing career and holds the Guinness World Record for publishing the most number of novels in a single year. Indeed, with such a high number of novels, you can expect the author to be a best-selling one!
Best selling author #4: Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon is a man with many talents. He was a screenwriter to begin with and started writing novels quite late in life. But he really became popular only after 50 when he started giving us best-selling novels. His books like “Windmills of the Gods”, “The Doomsday Conspiracy”, “The Naked Face” and “Nothing Lasts Forever” are all crime thrillers with the correct amount of romance and intrigue. His books have sold over 300 million copies and he is one of the most loved authors.
Best selling author #5: Enid Blyton
The most popular children’s novelist, Enid Blyton, is one of the bestselling authors of our list. Many of us as children have grown up on the Faraway Tree, or in the dormitories of St. Clare’s. We have solved huge mysteries with the Secret Seven and Famous Five. Many parents prefer to start their children on the Enid Blyton diet of Noddy and Brer Rabbit. Though now her works are under the scanner for improper depiction of people of colour, she still remains one of the most loved and bestselling authors of all time, selling more than 600 million copies of her books.
There are many more authors who are best-selling. J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and Danielle Steel are leaders in their own right.
Which authors do you love? Have they featured in our list? Do tell us about them!