The most popular books in English
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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.
The Shadow Within is the seventh novel in the Babylon 5 series, written by Jeanne Cavelos, former editor of Dell Books and author of The Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy. According to the Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, the book is "90% canonical", though he has not …
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 …
Le Thi Diem Thuy
The Gangster We Are All Looking For is the first novel by Vietnamese-American author lê thi diem thúy, published in 2003. It was first published as a short piece in The Best American Essays of 1997 and was also awarded a Pushcart Prize “Special Mention.” The novel is a …
Tower of Glass is a science fiction novel by Robert Silverberg, published in 1970. It was nominated for the Nebula Award in 1970, and for both the Hugo and Locus awards in 1971.
Providence: The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest is a book by Daniel Quinn, published in 1994, and written largely as an autobiography blended with additional philosophical reflections. It details how Quinn arrived at the ideas behind his 1992 novel Ishmael and articulates …
A Mixture of Frailties, published by Macmillan in 1958, is the third novel in The Salterton Trilogy by Canadian novelist Robertson Davies. The other two novels are Tempest-Tost and Leaven of Malice. The series was also published in one volume as The Salterton Trilogy in 1986. …
Equal Affections is a novel by David Leavitt, published in 1989.
Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa is a non-fiction book written by Stephen Lewis for the Massey Lectures. Lewis wrote it in early to mid-2005 and House of Anansi Press released it as the lecture series began in October 2005. Each of the book's chapters …
Solomon's Song is the final novel in the Australian Trilogy by author Bryce Courtenay. It follows the novels, The Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk, and was first published in 1999.
The Hawk's Gray Feather is a book published in 1990 that was written by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison.
The Haunting is a low fantasy novel for children written by Margaret Mahy of New Zealand and published in 1982, including a U.K. edition by J. M. Dent. Atheneum published the first U.S. edition in 1983. Mahy won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising …
A Haunted House is a 1944 collection of 18 short stories by Virginia Woolf. It was produced by her husband Leonard Woolf after her death although in the foreword he states that they had discussed its production together. The first six stories appeared in her only previous …
Frannie is desperate to get the attention of her crush, Jeffrey, but too shy to make a move. Frannie's gay best friend, Marcus, advises her to get the ball rolling by chatting with Jeffrey online, but Frannie won't type a word. Marcus takes over at the keyboard, and soon his …
The Falling Woman is a 1986 contemporary psychological fantasy novel by Pat Murphy.
The Good House is a novel by writer Tananarive Due.
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.
Death at the Dolphin is a detective novel by Ngaio Marsh; it is the twenty-fourth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1967. The plot centers on a glove once owned by Hamnet Shakespeare, on display at a newly renovated theater called the Dolphin; the …
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.
Overload is a novel by Arthur Hailey, concerning the electricity production industry in California and the activities of the employees and others involved with Golden State Power and Light, a fictional California public service company. The plot follows many of the issues of the …
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.
Shane MacKade loved women. He loved the look of them, the smell of them, the taste of them—everything about them. So the last thing he expected was to become a one-woman man. And even more surprising was that it was the Ph.D.-toting academic Rebecca McKnight that had him heading …
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 …
No Shame, No Fear is a 2003 novel for young adults by Ann Turnbull. Set in the fictional town of Hemsbury in the 1660s, the novel depicts the love between a Quaker girl, Susanna, and Will, the son of a rich merchant. Their story takes place during the persecution of religious …
Ulverton is the first novel by British author Adam Thorpe. The work recounts 300 years of history in the fictional village of Ulverton, stylistically representing the literary eras of the day. The novel won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize in 1992.
Night Shift is a book published in 2000 that was written by Nora Roberts.
How far will a mother go to save her child? Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a drifting nineteen-year-old who made a split-second decision at an Oklahoma rest stop. Fast forward nine years: Ruby and her daughter Lark live in New Mexico. Lark is a precocious, animal loving imp, …
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film is a reference book written by film critic David Thomson, originally published by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd in 1975 under the title A Biographical Dictionary of Cinema. Organized by personality, it is an exhaustive inventory of those …
Simone de Beauvoir
Here is the ultimate American road book, one with a perspective unlike that of any other. In January 1947 Simone de Beauvoir landed at La Guardia airport and began a four-month journey that took her from one coast of the United States to the other, and back again. Embraced by …
Carpentaria is the second novel by the Indigenous Australian author Alexis Wright. It met with widespread critical acclaim when it was published in mid-2006, and went on to win Australia's premier literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, in mid-2007.
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, …
Jacques and his Master is a play written in 1971 by Milan Kundera, which he subtitles "A Homage to Diderot in Three Acts". It was translated by Simon Callow in 1986 and directed by him in 1987.
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 …
Kissing the Beehive is a fantasy novel by Jonathan Carroll, published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in late December 1997. When the novel was published in Great Britain the following year, Carroll added a three-page epilogue at the request of its publisher, Victor Gollancz. It is …
Max and Moritz is a German language illustrated story in verse. This highly inventive, blackly humorous tale, told entirely in rhymed couplets, was written and illustrated by Wilhelm Busch and published in 1865. It is among the early works of Busch, nevertheless it already …
Laura is a detective novel by Vera Caspary. It is her best known work, and was adapted into a popular film in 1944, with Gene Tierney in the title role.
Cast of Shadows is a 2005 suspense novel by the American writer Kevin Guilfoile. It was published in the United Kingdom under the title Wicker.
Dodsworth is a satirical novel by American writer Sinclair Lewis first published by Harcourt Brace & Company in March 1929. Its subject, the differences between US and European intellect, manners, and morals, is one that frequently appears in the works of Henry James.
Simone de Beauvoir
When Things of the Spirit Come First is Simone de Beauvoir's 'first' work of fiction. After a number of false starts, in 1937 she submitted this collection of interlinked stories to a publisher. But it was turned down by both Gallimard and Grasset.
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 …
Solve the mystery with the Secret Seven - everyone's favourite detective club! These timeless stories are perfect for young fans of mystery, adventure or detective series. In book ten, the gang witness the horror of a house going up in flames. Then there's the theft of a very …
The Talk of the Town is the first novel written by Ardal O'Hanlon, published by Sceptre in 1999. It was renamed Knick Knack Paddy Whack for publication in United States. The novel is set in 1980's Ireland and is about life in a small Irish town, where everyone knows your …
Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious is a book on the psychoanalysis of jokes and humour by Dr. Sigmund Freud, first published in 1905. In this work, Freud described the psychological processes and techniques of jokes, which he likened as similar to the processes and …
Thomas Jefferson: Author of America is a short biography of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, by author, journalist and literary critic Christopher Hitchens. It was released as a part of Harper …
The Ghost in the Machine is a 1967 book about philosophical psychology by Arthur Koestler. The title is a phrase coined by the Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle to describe the Cartesian dualist account of the mind–body relationship. Koestler shares with Ryle the view that the …
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway is a young adult novel by Robert Cormier. It was published in 1983.
Prisoner's Dilemma is a 1988 novel by American author Richard Powers. It is the story of a dysfunctional family living in DeKalb County, Illinois. The novel explores the impact of history on contemporary life. The novel centres on the father of the family, Eddie Hobson, who is …
Helen Hunt Jackson
Ramona is a book of extreme importance when it comes to taking into account the cultural heritage of America, and most especially, Native American culture. This fascinating love story can be a challenging read for today's younger readers, but any historian will tell you that the …
Glut: Mastering Information Through The Ages is a 2007 book written by Alex Wright, a writer and information architect for The New York Times. Wright's intention is to provide a broad historical overview of the development of information transmission and organization systems.
Winesburg, Ohio is a 1919 short story cycle by the American author Sherwood Anderson. The work is structured around the life of protagonist George Willard, from the time he was a child to his growing independence and ultimate abandonment of Winesburg as a young man. It is set in …
Eric Van Lustbader
The Ninja novel was written in 1980 by Eric Van Lustbader and is a tale of revenge, love and murder. The author blends a number of known themes together: crime, suspense and Japanese martial arts mysticism. The book is divided into five parts, called "rings," as an apparent …
The Miocene Arrow is a post-apocalyptic novel by Sean McMullen. It is the middle book of the Greatwinter trilogy.
Samuel R. Delany
The Jewels of Aptor is a 1962 science fantasy novel by Samuel R. Delany, his first published novel. It first appeared as an Ace Double F-173 together with Second Ending by James White. Later editions had a restored and revised text, as about a third of the text was originally …
District and Circle is a poetry collection by Seamus Heaney, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. It was published in 2006 and won the 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize, the most prestigious poetry award in the UK. The collection also won the Irish Times "Poetry Now Award". …
The Empty Family is a collection of short stories by Irish writer Colm Tóibín. It was published in the UK in October 2010 and was released in the US in January 2011.
Journey to the Stone Country is a 2002 Miles Franklin literary award winning novel by the Australian author Alex Miller.
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 …
A Village Affair is a novel by prolific English romance author Joanna Trollope. The story concerns a housewife and mother who embarks on an affair with a female acquaintance. It was televised by ITV starring Sophie Ward, Kerry Fox and Nathaniel Parker.
The Oxford Companion to Food is an encyclopedia about food. It was edited by Alan Davidson and published by Oxford University Press in 1999. It was also issued in softcover under the name The Penguin Companion to Food. A second edition was edited by Tom Jaine and published in …
Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden is a book by CNN investigative journalist and documentarian Peter Bergen. In the book, Bergen documents the life, career, and activities of Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden and the jihadist network that he operates, Al-Qaeda. …
Book of Dreams is an experimental novel published by Jack Kerouac in 1960, culled from the dream journal he kept from 1952 to 1960. In it Kerouac tries to continue plot-lines with characters from his books as he sees them in his dreams. This book is stylistically wild, …
A novel of the tyranny of love over men and women and the unending trials of strength between good and evil in human nature. Its main characters are of heroic stature yet deeply flawed, moving against the backdrop of Norwegian society from World War I to the 1960s. Over the …
Cluster is the 1st book of the Cluster Series published in 1977 that was written by Piers Anthony.
Daniel's Story is a 1993 children's novel by Carol Matas, telling the story of a young boy's experiences in the Holocaust in World War II. It is honored at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. by means of an exhibit.
Paul B. Thompson
Firstborn is a fantasy novel by Paul B. Thompson and Tonya R. Carter which is set in the world of the Dragonlance campaign setting and is the first volume in the Elven Nations series.
Chris Van Allsburg
The Sweetest Fig is a children's fantasy novel written in 1993 by the American author Chris Van Allsburg. It tells a story of an affluent, cold-hearted French dentist who eats a fig which makes his wildest dreams come true.
The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell, is a 1959 Brazilian Modernist novella by Jorge Amado. In 2012, it was republished in English as The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray.
The Legacy of Luna is a book written by Julia Butterfly Hill about her experiences while protecting a tree named Luna. It is based on a true story, written like a diary of two years spent in an ancient redwood. The book was published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc. in 2000.
God of Tarot is a book published in 1979 that was written by Piers Anthony.
Wholeness and the Implicate Order is a book by theoretical physicist David Bohm. It was originally published 1980 by Routledge, Great Britain. The book is considered a basic reference for Bohm's concepts of undivided wholeness and of implicate and explicate orders, as well as of …
Hitler: A Study in Tyranny is a 1952 biography of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. It was written by the British historian Sir Alan Bullock.
An eye-opening and vital account of the future of our earth and our civilisation if current rates of global warming persist, by the highly acclaimed author of ‘High Tide’.Picture yourself a few decades from now, in a world in which average temperatures are three degrees higher …
The Speaker of Mandarin is a novel by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1983. It is the 12th novel in her popular Inspector Wexford series.
Locus Solus is a 1914 French novel by Raymond Roussel.
Cranford is one of the better-known novels of the 19th-century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published in 1851 as a serial in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens.
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan at the Earth's Core is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, published in 1930. the thirteenth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan and the fourth in his series set in the interior world of Pellucidar.
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care written by Benjamin Spock, is a manual on infant and child care first published in 1946. The book, along with Dr. Spock, attained fame almost instantly, selling 500,000 copies in its first six months. By Spock’s death in 1998, over 50 …
Alan Dean Foster
A Call to Arms is a book published in 1991 that was written by Alan Dean Foster.
Operation Chaos is a 1971 science fiction/fantasy fixup novel by Poul Anderson. A sequel, Operation Luna, was published in 2000.
Vorpal Blade is a book published in 2007 that was written by Travis S. Taylor and John Ringo.
Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe is a historical study written by American historian John Boswell and first published by Villard Books in 1994. Then a professor at Yale University, Boswell was a specialist on homosexuality in Christian Europe, having previously authored …
H. A. Rey
Curious George Rides a Bike is a children's book written and illustrated by Margret Rey and H. A. Rey and published by Houghton Mifflin in 1952. It is the third book of the original Curious George series and tells the story of George's new bicycle and his experiences performing …
Hell's Kitchen is a novel published in 2001 by author Jeffery Deaver. It is the third novel that follows location scout John Pellam.
Hide My Eyes is a crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in 1958, in the United Kingdom by Chatto & Windus, London. It was published in the U.S. under the titles Tether's End or Ten Were Missing. It is the sixteenth novel in the Albert Campion series.
J. G. Farrell
The Singapore Grip is a novel by J. G. Farrell. It was published in 1978 a year before his death. In 2015, The Straits Times' Akshita Nanda selected The Singapore Grip as one of 10 classic Singapore novels. She wrote, "Neatly weaving in snappy, comic summaries of Singapore …
James P. Hogan
The Gentle Giants of Ganymede is a book published in 1978 that was written by James P. Hogan.
K. M. Soehnlein
The World of Normal Boys, published in 2001, is the debut novel of K.M. Soehnlein. The coming-of-age story centers on 13-year-old Robin MacKenzie, who discovers that he is unlike most other adolescent males. The book became a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and won the Lambda …
Alphabet is one of the most well-known poems of Inger Christensen, who was broadly considered to be Denmark's most prominent poet. The poem was originally published in 1981 in Danish as alfabet. An English language translation by Susanna Nied won the American-Scandinavian PEN …
Ole Lund Kirkegaard
The King's Peace is a fantasy novel written by Jo Walton and published by Tor Books in October 2000. The first of Walton's published novels, it is also the first of three "Sulien" novels. It was followed in 2001 by a sequel, The King's Name, and in 2002 by a prequel, The Prize …
Children of the Dust is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel, written by Louise Lawrence, published in 1985. The book details three generations of a family during the aftermath of a nuclear war. The survivors of the blast suffer through radiation, nuclear winter, feuds between …
Robert J. Sawyer
Far-Seer is a novel written by Canadian science fiction author, Robert J. Sawyer. It is the first book of the Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy, and is followed by two sequels: Fossil Hunter and Foreigner. The book depicts an Earth-like world on a moon which orbits a gas giant, …
Robert A. Heinlein
Requiem: New Collected Works by Robert A. Heinlein and Tributes to the Grand Master is a retrospective on Robert A. Heinlein, after his death, edited by Yoji Kondo.
The Day of the Djinn Warriors is the fourth installment of the Children of the Lamp series. The author, Philip Kerr, has said on his website that he is planning to write a total of six books although he hasn't decided what the titles of the remaining books will be.
Cecily von Ziegesar
The It Girl is the first book in The It Girl series. It was written in 2005 by a ghostwriter with suggestions from Cecily von Ziegesar. Aimed toward young adults, it is a spin-off from the bestselling Gossip Girl series. Jenny Humphrey has been kicked out from Constance Billard …
Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake is a mystery novel written by Jennifer Allison, published by Dutton Children's Books.
The most dangerous mission of their military careers awaits two heroes of the Roman army in Britain. In The Eagle and the Wolves, the epic fourth novel of Simon Scarrow's series, it's A.D. 44 and Vespasian and the Roman Army's Second Legion are forging ahead in their campaign to …
Girls in Love is the first book in the Girls series, written by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, DBE, a noted English author who writes fiction for children and young teenagers. It was first published in 1997. The other books in the series are Girls under Pressure, Girls out Late, and …
The Vespertine is a young adult historical fiction romance novel by Saundra Mitchell. It follows the romantic journey of Amelia van den Broek while she develops her startling new ability to see into the future.
The Fort is an historical novel written by Bernard Cornwell. The book relates to the events of the Penobscot Expedition of 1779 during the American Revolutionary War. While centred on the efforts of a regiment of Scots to establish and hold the fort against superior numbers of …
Originally published in German in 1931 and in an expurgated English translation in 1932, this novel is the tale of Jacob Fabian, a Berlin advertising copywriter doomed in the context of economic, ethical, and political collapse by his characteristic mixture of detachment and …
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, …
Oakley Hall's legendary Warlock revisits and reworks the traditional conventions of the Western to present a raw, funny, hypnotic, ultimately devastating picture of American unreality. First published in the 1950s, at the height of the McCarthy era, Warlock is not only one of …
"Fine, sly, rich comedy. . . "―The New York Times Book Review Dr. Edwin Spindrift has been sent home from Burma with a brain tumor. Closer to words than to people, his sense of reality is further altered by his condition. When he escapes from the hospital the night before his …
The Bloody Streets of Paris is a classic detective story set against the Nazi occupation of Paris. Newly discharged from a WWII prisoner of war camp, Nestor Burma finds himself unraveling a convoluted mystery surrounding the death of an associate. The fast-paced, tightly plotted …
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.
Le voyageur sans bagage is a 1937 play in five acts by Jean Anouilh. Incidental music was written by Darius Milhaud.
A renowned German novelist's memoir of his brother, who joined the SS and was killed at the Russian front. Uwe Timm was only two years old when in 1942 his older brother, Karl Heinz, announced to his family he had volunteered for service with an elite squadron of the German …
'Ambiguities indeed! One long brain-muddling, soul-bewildering ambiguity (to borrow Mr. Melville's style), like Melchisedeck, without beginning or end-a labyrinth without a clue - an Irish bog without so much as a Jack o'the'lantern to guide the wanderer's footsteps - the dream …
A Sensible Life is a novel written by British author Mary Wesley. The story takes its beginning in 1926 when Flora Trevelyan is ten years old and follows her life, and the people whose lives she touches, throughout the following thirty-five years.
James A. Michener
Journey, a novel by James Michener published in 1989, was expanded from a section originally cut from his large novel Alaska. The book depicts five men, one of whom was an English Lord, journeying in 1897-99 from Great Britain through Canada to Dawson, Yukon, to participate in …
Shake Hands Forever is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1975. It is the 9th entry in her popular Inspector Wexford series.
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 …
Wonderful, Wonderful Times is a novel by Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek, published in 1980 by Rowohlt Verlag. It is Jelinek's fifth book. An English version, translated by Michael Hulse, was released in 1990 by Serpent's Tail. A film adaptation of the novel was released in …
Ashes and Diamonds is a 1948 novel by the Polish writer Jerzy Andrzejewski. It was adapted into a film by the same title in 1958 by the Polish film director Andrzej Wajda. English translation, entitled Ashes and Diamonds, appeared in 1962. The story takes place during the last …
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 …
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 …
Barbarian in the Garden is a literary work written by Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert.
The Conqueror is a novel written by Georgette Heyer. It is based on the life of William the Conqueror.
Megan Whalen Turner
Instead of Three Wishes: Magical Short Stories is a collection of seven fantasy children's stories by Megan Whalen Turner.
The Robber Bridegroom is a 1942 novella by Eudora Welty. The story, inspired by and loosely based on the Grimm fairy tale The Robber Bridegroom, is a Southern folk tale set in Mississippi. At the opening of the novella, the legendary Mike Fink meets gentleman robber Jamie …
Antonio Muñoz Molina
Out of the Shelter is a novel by British author David Lodge.
When I Was Mortal is a short story collection by the Spanish writer Javier Marías. It was translated into English by Margaret Jull Costa and published in the United States in 2002 by New Directions.