Best Sellers of 1928 




1. The Bridge of San Luis Rey


The Bridge of San Luis Rey : On July 20, 1714, "the finest bridge in all Peru" collapses and five people die. Brother Juniper, a Franciscan missionary, happens to witness the tragedy, and as a result, he asks the central question of the novel: "Why did this happen to those five?" He sets out to explore the lives of the five victims, and to understand why they died. Ironically, his quest will lead to his own death.

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 2. Swan Song John Galsworthy



Swan Song John Galsworthy : The nine novels which make up The Forsyte Chronicles -- one of the most popular and enduring works of 20th century literature -- chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920.


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 3.  Wintersmoon by Hugh Walpole



 Wintersmoon by Hugh Walpole Story of the sisters Janet and Rosalind Grandison, and their interweaving lives surrounding a home in the English countryside


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4. The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine


Members of the Greene family keep dying while the pool of possible perpetrators keeps shrinking. Philo Vance—the independently wealthy, staggeringly brilliant, not remotely modest (and did we mention handsome?) amateur sleuth—uses his detective skills to unravel the murders, though sadly not before most of the Greene family has been bumped off. But that’s Our Philo: The Sleuth You Love to Hate. 

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The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine . It focuses on the murders, one by one, of members of the wealthy and contentious Greene family: "The holocaust that consumed the Greene family", as detective Philo Vance memorably puts it. This is the third in the series of Philo Vance whodunits .


5.  Bad Girl by Vina Delmar



Bad Girl by Vina Delman  a cautionary tale about premarital sex and pregnancy, which was adapted for both stage and screen. The book was the fifth best-selling work for that year. Bad Girl was considered so scandalous at first that it was even initially banned by booksellers in Boston.


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6. Claire Ambler by Booth Tarkington


 Tarkington's 'Claire Ambler' is a sensational novel of a flapper girl and her internal conflict with being herself, and also being the glamorous idol she has learned to be. 

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7. Old Pybus by Warwick Deeping


 Old Pybus is a 1928 novel by the English author Warwick Deeping. It centers around a London bookshop proprietor and relationship with his sons. He is estranged from them as they refused to enlist in World War I. Many years later, now a hotelier, he meets a young book-lover who stops into his inn. Unbeknownst to him, it is his grandson. 

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8 All Kneeling by Anne Parrish


 Christabel Caine is spoiled, and worshipped by her family. Only her uncle John sees through the veneer of beauty to the self-centered narcissist that is the true Christabel. But Christabel is clever, and creates for herself a most beautiful web from which no mere man can escape. Charming conquest after conquest, Christabel takes what she wants, regardless of the hurt feelings of the women she leaves in her wake.The movie 'Born to Be Bad' starring Joan Fontaine as Christabel Caine was based on this novel.

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9. Jalna by Mazo de la Roche



Jalna is the first of a 16-novel family saga about the Whiteoak family.The series tells the story of one hundred years of the Whiteoak family covering from 1854 to 1954. The novels were not written in sequential order, however, and each can be read as an independent story.


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10. The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg by Louis Bromfield


 Louis Bromfield attained worldwide acclaim in the 1920s as the author of Early Autumn, his third novel and winner of the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. At age 29, Bromfield was regarded as one of America's most promising young novelists, compared to the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. His novels were among the first adapted for feature-length sound films. From The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg: He did not tell Mrs. Winnery that in attempting to solve one mystery, he had simply found himself face to face with another and more terrifying one which neither saints nor prophets nor scientists had ever solved in all the centuries of the world's recorded existence. It made Mr. Winnery seem to himself small and impertinent, and being a vain man, he did not care to have his wife share this discovery.


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Pulp magazine from 1928 . Amazing Stories magazine Was the world's first science fiction magazine


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