The most popular books in English
from 16401 to 16600
What books are currently the most popular and which are the all time classics? Here we present you with a mixture of those two criteria. We update this list once a month.
Juan Carlos Onetti
“The Graham Greene of Uruguay . . . foreshadowing the work of Beckett and Camus.”—The Sunday TelegraphWith all the enthusiasm of a man condemned to be hanged, Larsen takes up his new post. Like the other workers at the shipyard, he routinely goes through the motions. Every so …
All the World's Mornings is a 1991 novel by Pascal Quignard. It is a story of the apprenticeship of Marin Marais in the house of the austere, recluse, and mysterious violist Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, obsessed with his late wife, and of his romantic entanglements with his …
ALAN BOOTH’S CLASSIC OF MODERN TRAVEL WRITING Traveling only along small back roads, Alan Booth traversed Japan’s entire length on foot, from Soya at the country’s northernmost tip, to Cape Sata in the extreme south, across three islands and some 2,000 miles of rural Japan. The …
Didier Van Cauwelaert
"Simply thrilling. Its surprising denouement works a retrospective magic." - New York Times Book Review "Van Cauwelaert has assembled his plot perfectly, like an intricate timepiece, and we are amazed by the precise ticking that sounds at every twist in the tale. The book reads …
I needed a table at Maxim’s, a hundred bucks, and a gorgeous blonde; what I had was a leg of lamb and no clues. I took hold of the joint. It felt cold and damp, like a coroner’s handshake. I took out a knife and cut the lamb into pieces. Feeling the blade in my hand I sliced an …
Mrs. Strook requests Nancy's help finding an old stagecoach she believes her uncle hid in her hometown of Francisville. Mrs. Strook believes the stagecoach houses a clue that will be valuable for the town! Can Nancy help her find the missing stagecoach?
Robert Louis Stevenson
In the sequel to Kidnapped, David Balfour's story continues as he becomes further caught up in the political conspiracy of the "Appin murder Case." He is accused and must defend himself and James Stewart.
Wilbur A. Smith
Rage is a 1987 novel by Wilbur Smith set in the Union of South Africa, immediately following World War II. It starts in 1952 and goes until the late 1960s, touching on the country's declaration of a republic and the subsequent Sharpeville Massacre. The plot centers around Sasha …
Wilbur A. Smith
Hungry as the Sea is a 1978 Wilbur Smith novel. It was his first with an American setting and was his first American best seller.
Alison Goodman's first novel - in a very special new edition! Seventeen-year-old Joss is a rebel, and a student of time travel at the prestigious Centre for Neo-Historical Studies. This year, for the first time, the Centre has an alien student: Mavkel, from the planet Choria. …
The Great Transformation is a book by Karl Polanyi, a Hungarian-American political economist. First published in 1944, it deals with the social and political upheavals that took place in England during the rise of the market economy. Polanyi contends that the modern market …
The Eighth Day is a 1967 novel by Thornton Wilder. Set in a mining town in southern Illinois, the plot revolved around John Barrington Ashley, who is accused of murdering his neighbor Breckenridge Lansing. The novel was written over the course of twenty months while Wilder was …
Manuel Mujica Láinez
Bomarzo is a novel by the Argentine writer Manuel Mujica Láinez, written in 1962 and later adapted by its author to an opera libretto set by Alberto Ginastera, which had its premiere in Washington, D.C., in 1967. It is set in the eerie and surrealistic Italian Renaissance town …
Death in Summer is a novel written by William Trevor, first published in 1998 by Viking Press.
I'll Go to Bed at Noon, is a book by author Gerard Woodward. It was shortlisted for Booker Prize. Set in the north London suburb of Palmers Green in the 1970s, the story opens with Colette Jones attending the funeral of her elder brother's wife, followed by her failed attempts …
Cryptonomicon is a 1999 novel by American author Neal Stephenson, set in two different time periods. One group of characters are World War II-era Allied codebreakers and tactical-deception operatives affiliated with the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, and …
The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree is a 1983 young-adult or children's book by Bill Brittain. The "wish giver" in the title refers to the enigmatic man who gives three children a wish to make their deepest dreams come true, but the wishes are not worded carefully, and go …
Gooney Bird Greene is the first of a series of children's novels by Lois Lowry concerning the storytelling abilities of a second-grade girl. It was illustrated by Middy Thomas.
Emily's Runaway Imagination is a children's novel by American writer Beverly Cleary, first published in 1961. Set in the 1920s, the plot revolves around the experiences of a young, imaginative girl named Emily.
Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son is a collection of essays by the American author James Baldwin. The collection was published by Dial Press in July 1961, and like Notes of a Native Son, Baldwin's first collection published 1955, it includes revised versions of …
Arthur Schopenhauer's Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung is one of the most important philosophical works of the nineteenth century, the basic statement of one important stream of post-Kantian thought. It is without question Schopenhauer's greatest work. Conceived and published …
The Lime Works is a novel by Thomas Bernhard, first published in German in 1970. It’s a complex surrealist work, where the creativity and resourcefulness of a destructive personality is marshalled against itself in a nightmarish narration.
Karel G. van Loon
Set in Stone is a children's fantasy novel written by Linda Newbery. It won the Costa Children's Book of the Year Prize for 2006, and was nominated for the 2007 Carnegie Medal.
Requiem: A Hallucination is a 1991 novel by the Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi. Set in Lisbon, the narrative centres on an Italian author who meets the spirit of a dead Portuguese poet. Tabucchi wrote the book in Portuguese. Alain Tanner directed a 1998 film adaptation, also …
Players is Don DeLillo's fifth novel, published in 1977. It follows Lyle and Pammy Wynant, a young and affluent Manhattan couple whose casual boredom is overturned by their willing participation in chaotic detours from the everyday.
Return To Eden is a 1988 science fiction novel by American writer Harry Harrison. The novel is the third and final volume in Harrison's Eden. The first two stories of the trilogy are West of Eden and Winter in Eden. The novel tells an alternate history of planet Earth in which …
S. M. Stirling
In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is a 2008 alternate history science fiction novel by American writer S. M. Stirling.
"Kirinyaga" is a science fiction short story published in 1988 by Mike Resnick and is the first chapter in the book by the same name. The story was the winner of the 1989 Hugo Award for Best Short Story and the 1989 SF Chronicle Award. It was also nominated for the 1989 Nebula …
A Night of Serious Drinking is an allegorical novel by the French surrealist writer René Daumal detailing what is ostensibly an extremely simple plot in which the narrator overly imbibes alcohol; what unfolds however is a novel which explores the extremities of heaven and hell.
The Shepherd is a 1975 novella by Frederick Forsyth. The Shepherd relates the story of a De Havilland Vampire pilot, going home on Christmas Eve 1957, whose aircraft suffers a complete electrical failure en route from RAF Celle in northern Germany to RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. …
The Godfather Returns is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner, published in 2004. It is the sequel to Mario Puzo's The Godfather, which was originally published in 1969, and The Sicilian. The publisher, Random House, selected Winegardner to write a sequel after Puzo's …
The Italian Boy is a book written by Sarah Wise.
The Unseen Queen is a novel set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It is the second book in the Dark Nest trilogy by Troy Denning. It is set 35 years after the Battle of Yavin. In the chronology of the Star Wars novels, it is set after the first book of the Dark Nest trilogy, …
Rivals is a novel by the English author Jilly Cooper. It is the second of the Rutshire Chronicles, a series of books set in the fictional English county of Rutshire.
An Indecent Obsession is a 1981 novel by Australian author Colleen McCullough.
Stuck Rubber Baby is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Howard Cruse, first published in 1995. Cruse's first graphic novel after a decades-long career as an underground cartoonist, the book deals with homosexuality and racism in the 1960s in the Southern United States in the …
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia is a 1975 history text by American historian Edmund Morgan. The work was first published in September of 1975 through W W Norton & Co Inc and is considered to be one of Morgan's seminal works.
Servant of the Dragon is a fantasy novel in the series, Lord of the Isles by author David Drake.
The Silver Branch is a book published in 1988 that was written by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison.
Gallows Hill is a supernatural thriller novel for young adults by Lois Duncan. It was her first and so far only young adult novel written after the death of her daughter. It was written eight years after her previous young adult novel, Don't Look Behind You. It is about a girl …
The Last Story is a book published in 1995 that was written by Christopher Pike.
The Dark Crusader is a 1961 thriller novel by Scottish author Alistair MacLean. The book was initially written under the pseudonym Ian Stuart and later under his true name. It was released in the United States under the title: The Black Shrike.
Phoenix in Obsidian is a science fantasy novel by Michael Moorcock. First published in 1970, it is the second book in a series that follows the adventures of the Eternal Champion as he is flung from one existence to another. The first book in the series, The Eternal Champion, …
Stephen Jay Gould
I Have Landed is the 10th and final volume of collected essays by the Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. The essays were culled from his monthly column "This View of Life" in Natural History magazine, to which Gould contributed for 27 years. The book deals, in typically …
Lost in the Barrens is a children's novel by Farley Mowat, first published in 1956. Some editions used the title Two Against the North. It won a Governor General's Award in 1956 and the Canada Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award in 1958.
The Word is a 1972 mystery thriller novel by Irving Wallace, which explores the origin of the Bible.
Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain, edited by Isabella Beeton. It was originally entitled Beeton's Book of Household Management, in line with the other guide-books published by Beeton. Previously …
The Prince and the Pilgrim is a 1995 fantasy novel by Mary Stewart. It is the fifth installment in her series of novels covering the Arthurian legend.
1982, Janine is a novel by the Scottish author Alasdair Gray. His second, it was published in 1984, and remains his most controversial work. Its use of pornography as a narrative device attracted much criticism, although others, including Gray himself, consider it his best work.
The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump is a novel by Harry Turtledove. While having some aspects of an alternate history, it is mainly a work of fantasy depicting a world where spells, pragmatically used by some to achieve the same results as the use of technology, call upon a …
The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieronimo is Mad Again is an Elizabethan tragedy written by Thomas Kyd between 1582 and 1592. Highly popular and influential in its time, The Spanish Tragedy established a new genre in English theatre, the revenge play or revenge tragedy. Its plot …
Elfsong is a book published in 1994 that was written by Elaine Cunningham.
Detective is a novel by Arthur Hailey. It was written in 1997 and it was the author's last book. Hailey depicts the work of the homicide department and its background and investigation methods.
Daphne du Maurier
The Parasites is a novel by Daphne du Maurier, first published in 1949.
The Early Ayn Rand: A Selection from Her Unpublished Fiction is an anthology of unpublished early fiction written by Ayn Rand, first published in 1984, two years after her death. The selections include short stories, plays, and excerpts of material cut from her novels We the …
Spider's Web is a novelization by Charles Osborne of the 1954 play of the same name by crime fiction writer Agatha Christie and was first published in the UK by HarperCollins in September 2000 and on November 11, 2000 in the US by St. Martin's Press. The book was written …
"The Empress of Mars" is a science fiction novella published in 2003 by Kage Baker. It won the 2004 Sturgeon Award and was nominated for the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Novella as well as the 2004 Nebula Award for Best Novella. The novella was expanded into a novel published in …
Lost and Found is a children's picture book by Oliver Jeffers, published in 2005. It won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award and was the Blue Peter Book of the Year. An animated short film adaptation directed by Philip Hunt was released in 2008 and broadcast on Channel 4.
Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way is a poetry book written by Charles Bukowski.
American Hardcore: A Tribal History is a journalistic book by Steven Blush documenting the history of the early hardcore punk music scene in Northern America from 1980 to 1986. Its first edition was published by Feral House in October 2001. The book was the basis of the …
"The Children's Story" is a 4,300 word short story by James Clavell, which appeared in Reader's Digest and was republished in book form in 1981. It is also the title of a 1982 short film based upon the story, that aired on Mobil Showcase. As of April 2010, this book is still in …
R. D. Wingfield
A Touch of Frost is a crime novel by, R.D. Wingfield. The series inspired a popular television series of the same name, starring David Jason as the titular character, Detective Inspector Jack Frost; a disheveled, unorthodox and caustic police officer.
Split Images is a crime novel written by Elmore Leonard published in 1981.
Annie M.G. Schmidt
Mia Couto's first novel, judged one of the twelve best African books of the 20th century
The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy is a book about economics by the French intellectual Georges Bataille. Written between 1946 and 1949 and collected in volume seven of his complete works, The Accursed Share comprises three volumes: "Consumption", "The History of …
Terror and Liberalism is a non-fiction book by American political philosopher and writer Paul Berman. He published the work through W. W. Norton & Company in April 2003. Berman asserts that modern Islamist groups such as al Qaeda share fundamental ideological elements with …
The Secret Book of Gnomes is Book II in a series of four books about Gnomes designed for children. They contain stories and a guide to how Gnomes live in harmony with their environment, such as what a Gnome has in his first aid kit and how a Gnome's house is built. The books …
Chances is a 1981 novel by Jackie Collins and the first in her Santangelo novels series. The novel has three focal points, two of them focusing on the main characters of the novel and a third during the New York City blackout of 1977.
One More for the Road is a 2002 collection of 25 short stories written by Ray Bradbury.
The Hidden Connections is a 2002 book by Fritjof Capra. In the book, Capra proposes a holistic alternative to linear and reductionist world views. He aims to extend system dynamics and complexity theory to the social domain and presents “a conceptual framework that integrates …
The Living Blood is a novel by writer Tananarive Due. It is the second book in Due's African Immortals Series. It is preceded by My Soul to Keep, which was published in 1997, and is followed by Blood Colony, which was published in 2008.
H.R.H. is a novel written by Danielle Steel and published by Random House in October 2006. The book is Steel's seventieth novel.
Winter in the Blood is the first novel by Native American author James Welch. Winter in the Blood was published by Harper & Row. It was later issued as a paperback by Penguin Paperback. It was adapted as an independent film of the same name, released in 2012 and produced by …
The Janitor's Boy is a children's book by Andrew Clements. Part of his school series, it was released by Simon & Schuster in 2000.
Else Holmelund Minarik
Little Bear's Visit is a book written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
John Constantine continues his terrifying fall from grace in this sequel to Hellblazer: Fear and loathing. When his long-time girlfriend abandons him - driven away by his destructive nature - Constantine takes refuge among London's down-and-outs and becomes easy prey to the …
Dolores is Jacqueline Susann's last novel. It is a thinly-veiled presentation on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy. It was published in 1976. A condensed version of the novel was published in the Ladies' Home Journal, under the title "Jackie by Jackie." When her severe illness …
Ricardo Semler thinks that companies ought to put employee freedom and satisfaction ahead of corporate goals.Imagine a company where employees set their own hours; where there are no offices, no job titles, no business plans; where employees get to endorse or veto any new …
The Clue of the Dancing Puppet is the thirty-ninth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1962 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual author was ghostwriter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.
The Mysterious Mannequin is the forty-seventh volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1970 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual author was ghostwriter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.
The Swan is a novel written by the Icelandic writer, Guðbergur Bergsson in 1991.
The Snow, published in 2004, is a science fiction novel by the British writer Adam Roberts. It is set in the present day and, latterly, the near future. It concerns the appearance of a heavy, prolonged fall of snow, which eventually blankets the earth in a layer of snow …
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History is a non-fiction book covering various issues in U.S. history by Thomas E. Woods, published in December 2004. This book was the first in the Politically Incorrect Guide series published by Regnery Publishing, who view the …
Arrow to the Sun is a 1973 short film and a 1974 book, both by Gerald McDermott. The book was printed in gouache and ink, and won the 1975 Caldecott Medal for illustration. Both media are a retelling of a Pueblo tale, in which a mysterious boy seeks his father.
Big Planet is the first of two stand-alone science fiction novels by Jack Vance which share the same setting: an immense, but metal-poor and backward world called Big Planet. Big Planet was first published in Startling Stories, then cut and reissued in 1957 by Avalon Books. It …
Ransom is a novel written by Lois Duncan.
Unbowed: A Memoir is a 2006 autobiography written by 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai. The book was published by the Knopf Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-27520-2
A Theory of Fun for Game Design is a book written and illustrated by Raph Koster. It is based upon a presentation Koster gave at the Austin Game Conference in 2003, and the book reflects its origins by displaying text on one page and a cartoon/graphic from the talk on the other …
The Beckoning Lady is a crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in 1955, in the United Kingdom by Chatto & Windus, London and in the United States by Doubleday, New York under the title The Estate of the Beckoning Lady. It is the fifteenth novel in the Albert …
One cold morning in December, in a small rural town on the Swedish coast, Ake Melkersson is on his way to work when his car breaks down. Luckily he spots a garage nearby, but as he approaches he realizes something is wrong. The owner of the garage lies dead, sprawled on the …
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster is a 2007 book by Paris-based American journalist Dana Thomas. It was a New York Times bestseller.
The Blue Knight is the second novel by former LAPD detective Joseph Wambaugh, and was written while he was still a serving detective. It follows the last days on the beat for a veteran LAPD police officer, detailing his thoughts and actions from a first person perspective. The …
Necroscope is the seventh book in the Necroscope series by British writer Brian Lumley, and the second in the Vampire World Trilogy. It was released in 1993.
The War Within: A Secret White House History is a non-fiction book by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that was released by publisher Simon & Schuster on September 8, 2008. It is the fifteenth book written by Woodward, the fourth in a series of books about President …
26 Fairmount Avenue is a 1999 children's novel by Tomie dePaola that won a Newbery Honor.
Bad Girls is a children's novel published in 1996, written by English author Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
Petty Pewter Gods is the eighth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing Garrett P.I. series. The series combines elements of mystery and fantasy as it follows the adventures of private investigator Garrett.
Riots between humans and trolls, elves, and other non-humans have plunged Tunfaire into near chaos. Garrett finds himself pulled into the game when a powerful gang of human rightists tries to shake down his employer and ends up caught in a conspiracy of hate that pits man …
Serpent Mage published in 1986, it is the second in a two book fantasy series written by Greg Bear. It is the sequel to The Infinity Concerto.
David Graham's Down to a Sunless Sea is a post-apocalyptic novel about a planeload of people during and after a short nuclear war, set in a near-future world where the USA is critically short of oil. The title of the book is taken from a line of the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel …
Notes from My Travels is a collection of journal excerpts kept by actress Angelina Jolie in 2001-2002 detailing her experiences travelling to troubled Third World regions in her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The book was …
Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, & Aldous Huxley is a novel by Peter Kreeft about U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and authors C. S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley meeting in Purgatory and engaging in a philosophical …
Skinny is the debut novel by Hungarian-Canadian author Ibi Kaslik, first published by HarperCollins in May 2004. It appeared on the New York Times best sellers list for two consecutive weeks in 2008.
Graveyard Dust is a book published in 1999 and written by Barbara Hambly.
Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Sword of Aldones is a sword and planet novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley in her Darkover series. It was first published by Ace Books in 1962, dos-à-dos with Bradley's novel The Planet Savers. Bradley revised and rewrote the novel publishing it as Sharra's Exile in 1981. In his …
M. K. Hobson
The Native Star is a historical fantasy novel, and the first novel from writer M. K. Hobson. It was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award.
Stephen R. Donaldson
Against All Things Ending is a 2010 fantasy novel by Stephen R. Donaldson. It is the third novel in the Last Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant tetralogy, and the ninth novel in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant overall. It was released on October 19, 2010 in the USA and on 28 …
Did You Say Chicks?! is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Esther M. Friesner, with a cover by Larry Elmore. It consists of works featuring female protagonists by female authors. It was first published in paperback by Baen Books in February 1998. It was the second of a …
S/Z, published in 1970, is Roland Barthes's structuralist analysis of "Sarrasine", the short story by Honoré de Balzac. Barthes methodically moves through the text of the story, denoting where and how different codes of meaning function. Barthes's study has had a major impact on …
The World Made Straight is a 2006 novel by Ron Rash.
Annette Curtis Klause
Freaks: Alive on the Inside is a fantasy romance and adventure novel by Annette Curtis Klause.
Demon Apocalypse is the sixth book in Darren Shan's The Demonata series. Darren Shan released the title of the book September 29, 2007 at the Baeth Festival of Children's Literature. Darren Shan wished that nothing about this book, not even the title, be known to the public …
The Transall Saga is a 1998 novel by Gary Paulsen. It is a survival story like most of his other books, but also involves the science fiction genre with its post-apocalyptic setting.
The Resistance is a children's novel by Gemma Malley, published in 2008. It is a sequel to the book The Declaration, which is set in the year 2140. It is followed by The Legacy, published in 2010.
Irish Thoroughbred is American author Nora Roberts's debut novel, originally published by Silhouette in January 1981 as a category romance. Like other category romances, the novel was less than 200 pages and was intended to be on sale for only one month. It proved so popular …
Garden of the Purple Dragon is a children's fantasy novel by Carole Wilkinson, published in September 2005 by Macmillan Publishers. It is the second in the Dragonkeeper series and the predecessor to Dragon Moon. It is set in ancient China, during the Han Dynasty, and continues …
Echoes is a novel by Danielle Steel, published by Random House in October 2004. The book is Steel's sixty-fourth novel.
Amazing Grace is a novel by Danielle Steel, published by Random House in October 2007. The book is Steel's seventy-third novel.