AT THE beginning of this year, Nielsen published its list of the bestselling books since records began in 1998.
The most striking thing about the list is its utter lack of variety. When it comes to our reading tastes, it seems we’re an atrociously unimaginative bunch.
Out of the top 25, only seven books were not written by Dan Brown, JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer or Steig Larsson. This filthy-rich foursome made up all of the top 12.
And even more alarmingly, the most popular non-fiction book of the last 12 years was the World According to Clarkson – £7.5 million pounds worth of copies were shifted since Nielsen’s records began.
But if you could go right back to the bookselling, were our tastes always so – well – dull and predictable?
Make your mind up with our slideshow of the bestselling books of all time. Question isn’t have you read all of them – it’s have you actually read any of them? *