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The best-selling books of all time

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A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens, 1859)

Approximate number of copies sold: 200 million

Based in London and Paris, this novel explores the plight of peasants in France at the hands of aristocrats in the years before the French Revolution, and how the peasantry pays it back in the formative years of the revolution. A similar parallel is drawn in the book to depict the scenarios in London.

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