The most popular books in English
from 16601 to 16800

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.

16601. Shipyard

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 …

16602. Electra

Jean Giraudoux

Electra is a two-act play written in 1937 by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux. It was the first Giraudoux play to employ the staging of Louis Jouvet. Based on the classic myth of antiquity, Jean Giraudoux wrote perhaps his best play. Electra has a surprisingly tragic force, …

16603. Dusty answer

Rosamond Lehmann

Dusty Answer is English author Rosamond Lehmann's first novel, published in 1927. She sent it unsolicited to publishers Chatto & Windus who agreed to publish it, saying it showed 'decided quality'. It went unnoticed on initial publication but then received an effusive review …

16608. Arrival and Departure

Arthur Koestler

Arrival and Departure is the third novel of Arthur Koestler's trilogy concerning the conflict between morality and expediency. The first volume, The Gladiators, is about the subversion of the Spartacus revolt, and the second, Darkness at Noon, is the celebrated novel about the …

16609. Solal of the Solals

Albert Cohen

Solal of the Solals is a 1930 novel by the Swiss writer Albert Cohen. It was published in English in 1933. It was Cohen's first novel, and the first part in a loosely connected series of four; it was followed by Nailcruncher, Belle du Seigneur and Les Valeureux.

16610. Le Voyageur sans bagage

Jean Anouilh

Le voyageur sans bagage is a 1937 play in five acts by Jean Anouilh. Incidental music was written by Darius Milhaud.

16619. La Joie de vivre

Emile Zola

La joie de vivre is the twelfth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. It was serialized in the periodical Gil Blas in 1883 before being published in book form by Charpentier in February 1884. It was translated into English by Ernest A. Vizetelly as How Jolly Life …

16620. Where Would I Be Without You?

Guillaume Musso

Parisian cop Martin Beaumont has never really got over his first love, Gabrielle. Their brief, intense affair in San Francisco and the pain of her rejection still haunt him years later. Now, however, he's a successful detective - and tonight he's going to arrest the legendary …

16622. Bomarzo

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 …

16626. Racism Explained to My Daughter

Tahar Ben Jelloun

Racism Explained to My Daughter is a book in which the author, during a demonstration against an immigration law in Paris, answers his daughter's questions about the reasons for racism. The author's intent was to explain, with this book, the modern "trauma" that racism is to …

16628. The Probability Broach

L. Neil Smith

The Probability Broach is the first novel by American science fiction writer L. Neil Smith. It is set in an alternate history, the so-called Gallatin Universe, where a libertarian society has formed on the North American continent, styled the North American Confederacy.

16629. By Way of Deception

Victor Ostrovsky

By Way of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer by a former katsa in the Israeli Mossad, Victor Ostrovsky.

16630. The Royal Family

William T. Vollmann

By the standards of the street, Henry Tyler is a good man, kind to hookers and the homeless, skilled at avoiding fights. He'd be the first to admit that his job as a private investigator is unsavory, and he turns away many prospective clients by suggesting that they may not want …

16631. Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an …

Alex von Tunzelmann

Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire is a history book written by Alex von Tunzelmann. The book covers the end of the British Empire and the partition of the Indian subcontinent that resulted in thousands of deaths. "An extra ordinary saga of romance, …

16632. A Tranquil Star

Primo Levi

A Tranquil Star: Unpublished Stories of Primo Levi is a 2007 anthology of short stories by the Italian writer Primo Levi. Released 20 years after Levi's death, the book consists of seventeen stories previously unpublished in English. The stories were translated by Ann Goldstein, …

16636. Inferno

August Strindberg

Inferno is an autobiographical novel by August Strindberg. Written in French in 1896-97 at the height of Strindberg's troubles with both censors and women, the book is concerned with Strindberg's life both in and after he lived in Paris, and explores his various obsessions, …

16637. A Garden of Earthly Delights (1967, 2003)

Joyce Carol Oates

A Garden of Earthly Delights is a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, published by Vanguard in 1967. It was her second book published and it inaugurated the so-called Wonderland Quartet. It was a finalist for the annual U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. A Garden sets out to explore …

16639. Encounter

Milan Kundera

Encounter is the latest addition to the acclaimed body of literary criticism from beloved author Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting). Novelist Russell Banks writes, “Not since Henry James, perhaps, has a fiction writer examined …

16645. Le Paysan de Paris

Louis Aragon

Le Paysan de Paris is a surrealist book about places in Paris by Louis Aragon which was first published in 1926 by Editions Gallimard. It was dedicated to the surrealist painter André Masson and its preface was on the theme of a modern mythology. The two main sections of the …

16646. Man's Hope

André Malraux

Man's Hope (French: L'Espoir) is a 1937 novel by André Malraux about the Spanish Civil War. It was translated to English and published during 1938 as "Man's Hope". The story was later adapted into a movie, L'espoir (1945).

16652. Days of Infamy (Pearl Harbor)

Harry Turtledove

Days of Infamy is a two-novel alternate history of the initial stages of the Pacific War by Harry Turtledove. The major difference is that the Empire of Japan not only attacks Pearl Harbor, but follows it up with the landing and occupation of Hawaii.

16658. Noise: The Political Economy of Music

Jacques Attali

Noise: The Political Economy of Music is a non-fiction book by French economist and scholar, Jacques Attali. Attali's essential argument in Noise: The Political Economy of Music is that music, as a cultural form, is intimately tied up in the mode of production in any given …

16660. The Keepers of Truth

Michael Collins

The Keepers of the Truth is a novel by Michael Collins, first published in 2000. Set in the late 1970s, the story follows the main character Bill and his attempt to unravel a murder-mystery as a cub reporter for a local newspaper in a small Midwest industrial town. The novel won …

16661. Hood

Emma Donoghue

Hood is a novel written by Irish author Emma Donoghue in 1995. The book was the recipient of the 1997 Stonewall Book Award and is heavily influenced by James Joyce's Ulysses.

16665. Whisky Galore

Compton Mackenzie

Whisky Galore is a novel written by Compton Mackenzie, published in 1947. It was adapted for the cinema under the title Whisky Galore!, released in the United States as Tight Little Island.

16666. Banquets of the Black Widowers

Isaac Asimov

Banquets of the Black Widowers is a collection of mystery short stories by science fiction author Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional club of mystery solvers, the Black Widowers. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in September 1984, and in paperback by the Fawcett …

16671. End the Fed

Ron Paul

End the Fed is a 2009 book by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. The book debuted at number six on the New York Times Best Seller list and advocates the abolition of the United States Federal Reserve System.

16672. Pirate Freedom

Gene Wolfe

Pirate Freedom is a fantasy novel by Gene Wolfe about a young man who is transported back in time and becomes a pirate.

16675. The Oak above the Kings (The Tales of Arthur, Vol 2)

Patricia Kennealy

The Oak Above the Kings is a book published in 1994 that was written by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison.

16677. The "Witches": Plays for Children

Roald Dahl

The Witches is a children's book by British author Roald Dahl, first published in London in 1983 by Jonathan Cape. The book, like many of Dahl's works, is illustrated by Quentin Blake. The story is partly set in Norway and partly in the United Kingdom, focusing on the …

16678. The heart of Midlothian (Rinehart editions)

Walter Scott

The Heart of Midlothian is the seventh of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels. It was originally published in four volumes on 25 July 1818, under the title of Tales of My Landlord, 2nd series, and the author was given as "Jedediah Cleishbotham, Schoolmaster and Parish-clerk of …

16679. The Farewell Symphony

Edmund White

The Farewell Symphony is a 1997 semi-autobiographical novel by Edmund White. It is the third of a trilogy of novels, being preceded by A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty. It depicts the later adulthood of its protagonist and documents his experience of …

16680. It's me, Eddie

Eduard Limonov

It's Me, Eddie is the first novel by Russian writer and politician Eduard Limonov. The novel was written in New York in 1976, and published in Paris in 1979. When it was first published in Russia in 1991, it sold over a million copies. The novel was repeatedly published in …

16681. A Balcony in the Forest

Julien Gracq

A Balcony in the Forest is a 1958 novel by the French writer Julien Gracq. It tells the story of a French lieutenant, Grange, who is assigned to an old fortified building in the forest of the Ardennes in the autumn of 1939, where he waits at the outbreak of World War II together …

16687. The labyrinth of solitude : life and thought in …

J. J. Connolly

Layer Cake is the debut novel of British author J. J. Connolly, first published in 2000 by Duckworth Press. It was made into a motion picture in 2004, directed by Matthew Vaughn and written for the screen by Connolly himself.

16688. Jedi Apprentice #01: The Rising Force

Dave Wolverton

The Rising Force by Dave Wolverton is the first in a series of young reader novels called Jedi Apprentice. The only novel of the series to be written by Dave Wolverton, it was released on May 3, 1999. The series explores the adventures of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi prior to …

16691. The Descendants

Kaui Hart Hemmings

The Descendants is a novel written by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The highly acclaimed 2011 American film The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne, with the adapted screenplay by Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, is based on this novel.

16698. House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies (The Blackwell …

Henry Jacoby

An unauthorized look at the philosophical issues raised by one of today's most popular television shows: House House is one of the top three television dramas on the air, pulling in more than 19 million viewers for each episode. This latest book in the popular Blackwell …

16702. Clear light of day

Anita Desai

Clear Light of Day is a novel published in 1980 by Indian novelist and three-time Booker Prize finalist Anita Desai. Set primarily in Old Delhi, the story describes the tensions in a post-partition Indian family, starting with the characters as adults and moving back into their …

16704. Helena

Evelyn Waugh

Helena, published in 1950, is the sole historical novel of Evelyn Waugh. It follows the quest of Helena to find the relics of the cross on which Christ was crucified. Helena, a Christian, was the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine I. The book has been described as lacking …

16707. Locus Solus

Raymond Roussel

Locus Solus is a 1914 French novel by Raymond Roussel.

16709. Time for Yesterday

A.C. Crispin

Time For Yesterday is a novel by A. C. Crispin set in the fictional Star Trek Universe. It is a sequel to Crispin's earlier novel, Yesterday's Son, and describes a second encounter between the crew of the USS Enterprise and Spock's son, Zar. The two books followed the original …

16710. Interrupting Chicken

David Ezra Stein

Interrupting Chicken is a 2010 children's picture book written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein and published by, Candlewick Press. Interrupting Chicken was awarded the 2011 Caldecott Honourable Mention and a New York Times Bestseller.

16711. Germs : biological weapons and America's secret war

Judith Miller

Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War is a Simon & Schuster-published book describing biological weapons, how humanity has dealt with them, and our present capabilities of handling bioterrorism. It was written by The New York Times journalists Judith Miller, …

16712. Alone Against Tomorrow: Stories of Alienation in …

Harlan Ellison

Alone Against Tomorrow: Stories of Alienation in Speculative Fiction is a collection of short stories by author Harlan Ellison. Published in the United States in 1971, as a ten-year retrospective of Ellison's short stories, it includes some of his most famous work. It was later …

16714. The Broken God

David Zindell

The Broken God is a science fiction novel written by David Zindell and published in 1992. It is the first novel of the trilogy A Requiem for Homo Sapiens. The Broken God is essentially a coming of age tale of youngster named Danlo, but at a much grander scale on a faraway planet …

16716. Nancy Drew: The Crooked Banister

Carolyn Keene

The Crooked Banister is the forty-eighth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1971 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual author was ghostwriter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

16717. #44 - The Clue in the Crossword Cipher (Nancy Drew, …

Carolyn Keene

The Clue in the Crossword Cipher is the forty-fourth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1967 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual author was ghostwriter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

16720. That night

Alice McDermott

That Night is the second novel by American author Alice McDermott, published in 1987 by Picador. The novel was a Finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and the National Book Award in 1987. Set in the 1960s, the novel's narrated through the lens of a 10-year-old girl …

16724. Who censored Roger Rabbit?

Gary K. Wolf

Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is a mystery novel written by Gary K. Wolf in 1981, later adapted into the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

16725. The New Centurions

Joseph Wambaugh

Ex-cop turned #1 New York Times bestselling writer Joseph Wambaugh forged a new kind of literature with his great early police procedurals. Here in his classic debut novel, Wambaugh presents a stunning, raw, and unforgettable depiction of life behind the thin blue line. In a …

16727. Grave mistake

Ngaio Marsh

Grave Mistake is a detective novel by Ngaio Marsh; it is the thirtieth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1978. The plot concerns the murder of an elderly widow in a nursing home, and involves a rare, and famous, postage stamp.

16734. The Faerie Path

Allan Frewin Jones

The Faerie Path is the first novel in a six-book series by the British author Frewin Jones. The story follows Anita Palmer, a teenager from two different parallel universes, and her struggle to maintain both lives.

16735. A Dark Night's Passing

Naoya Shiga

A Dark Night's Passing is the only full-length novel by Japanese writer Shiga Naoya. It was written in serialized form and published in Kaizō in between 1921 and 1937. The story follows the life of a wealthy, young Japanese writer in the early 1900s, who seeks to escape his …

16747. Hansel and Gretel

Jacob Grimm

"Hansel and Gretel" is a well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister threatened by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. …

16748. Inside the gas chambers : eight months in the …

Shlomo Venezia

This is a unique, eye-witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine. Slomo Venezia was born into a poor Jewish-Italian community living in Thessaloniki, Greece. At first, the occupying Italians protected his family; but when the Germans …

16753. Zen ties

Jon J Muth

Zen Ties is a 2008 children's picture book by Jon J. Muth. The book is a follow-up to Zen Shorts, and a third book, Zen Ghosts, was released in September 2010.

16762. Sixth Grade Secrets

Louis Sachar

Sixth Grade Secrets is a novel by Louis Sachar that follows sixth-grader Laura Sibbie and her friends as they create a secret club in violation of school rules. Laura aspires to be a leader and learns the three Rs of what leadership can entail – Relationships, Rivalries and …

16800. The Orphan Master's Son

Adam Johnson

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. …



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