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Exclusive Books: Top 10 Bestsellers of 2001


Remember this? Fanatics celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007. Fanatics celebrated every fanatical year of their first decade by going back in time, through the Top 10 books from each and every year.

We picked our favourites from the bestselling titles from 1998 to 2007  (We’ve extended this to include the last five years). In these lists Fanatics also included the VIBs (Very Important Books), the cult classics of books as chosen by the Exclusive Books store managers.

What you see below is a combination of books that hit the top sales charts in 2001, and books that captured the imaginations of many, and remain close to our hearts.

Click here to view the full list of top 10’s for 15 years (1998 – 2012)

10. The Constant Gardener by John le Carré

The Constant Gardener tells a compelling, complex story of a man elevated through tragedy as Justin Quayle – amateur gardening, aging widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat – discovers his own natural resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

9. E=MC² by David Bodanis

By the end of the astonishing e=mc2,  a dedicated reader will have achieved, if only by osmosis, an understanding of Einstein’s theory of relativity and feel quite at ease dining with Nobel Prize winners. It’s a lucid, even thrilling study; the very best kind of science journalism.

8. It’s not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong

This is a captivating account of a top professional cyclist’s battle with cancer, of the trauma of his treatment and his agonising but ultimately triumphant return to cycling. An emotional experience.

7. Who Moved my Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see a change as a blessing if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives. It is a parable that takes place in a maze. 

6. The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman

In the last volume of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy, Will and Lyra, the two children at the heart of the books, have become separated amidst great dangers. Can they find each other and their friends, then complete their mysterious quest before it’s too late?

5. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

The Corrections brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty into wild collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and New Economy millionaires. The Corrections has established itself as a great American novel.

4. Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution by Robert C. Atkins

Follow the Dr Atkins Diet and forget counting calories. Watch the fat melt away as a healthier and firmer body emerges. Enjoy more energy as well as freedom from a range of ailments from diabetes to heart disease. Dieting can work, and with this medically proven regime you can lose weight without reducing – or counting – calories.

3. A Child Called ‘It’ by Dave J. Pelzer

Dave J. Pelzer’s mother, Catherine Roerva, was, he writes in this ghastly, fascinating memoir, a devoted den mother to the Cub Scouts in her care but not to David, her son, whom she referred to as an “It”. This is a horrifying account of the bizarre tortures inflicted on him, by a maniacal, alcoholic mother.

2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

“Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge.” Iris’s account of her sister Laura’s death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. By turns lyrical, outrageous and compelling, the novel is Margaret Atwood at her best.

1. Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes

This is a story of three girls’ search for happiness – sometimes found in unlikely places. The girls are looking for a better job, a better man, anything other than what they’ve already got; there are men to die for and men you wish would drop dead, preferably in agony.

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