7. Dream of the Red Chamber
Written By- Cao Xueqin | Total Sales- 100 million
This Chinese novel, written by Cao Xueqin, surrounds the story of the rise and decay of a family during the Qing dynasty in China. It is believed to be semi-autobiographical, stimulating the rise and fall of Xueqin’s own family, and overall intending to be a memorial to the women he knew in his youth. First published in 1791, the novel is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of China. It is often translated as A Dream of Red Mansions or Red Chamber Dream or The Story of the Stone.
With an entire field of literary study devoted to it, Dream of the Red Chamber is till today considered one of the classic and most influential works of Chinese literature. It is reported to have an estimated sales figure of over 100 million copies.
6. And Then There Were None
Written By- Agatha Christie | Total sales- 100 million
The detective novel by Agatha Christie was first published in the U.K. in 1939. It details a series of murder of 10 people on an island where they are lured or tricked by the inclement weather, and no one can escape due to the distance from the mainland. Each of them are killed in a manner seeming to parallel the deaths in Ten Little Niggers, a British nursery rhyme.
The novel is estimated to have a sales figure of over 100 millions worldwide, and is Agatha Christie’s best-selling work.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Written By: J.K Rowling | Total Sales – 107 million
The first novel in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is written by J.K. Rowling, and features a young wizard named Harry Potter. The story surrounds young wizards living in a magical modern world, and describes how Harry finds out he is a wizard. Rowling’s debut novel has over the years received very favorable comments on her humor, simple and direct style, clever plot construction and imagination.
First published by Bloomsbury in London on 26 June, 1997, the novel is estimated to have sold around 107 million copies worldwide, with different publishers for different nations.