The most popular books in English
from 17801 to 18000
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.
"Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe" is the sixth collection of short stories by Will Self. The Guardian newspaper said of the collection... "Like most of Self's work, these stories detail a massive loss, a misplacement, of humanity. In some sense they are actually about being a …
Barbara Comyns Carr
The Vet's Daughter combines shocking realism with a visionary edge. The vet lives with his bedridden wife and shy daughter Alice in a sinister London suburb. He works constantly, captive to a strange private fury, and treats his family with brutality and contempt. After his …
Pauline is young and coquettish. She is also happily married to Marc and has a child. Gilles, kind and self-confident, is twenty years older and a recent divorcee. After he watches Pauline one morning, he asks to meet her. In spite of herself, Pauline agrees. Alice Ferney …
J. R. R. Tolkien
Complete collection of Tolkien's essays, including two on Beowulf, which span three decades beginning six years before The Hobbit to five years after The Lord of the Rings. The seven 'essays' by J.R.R. Tolkien assembled in this new paperback edition were with one exception …
A classic, deeply moving novel by James Baldwin, one of America's greatest twentieth-century authors. The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience. Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to …
Etretat, Normandy. On the balcony of a hotel room, a man is keeping watch. His gaze is fixed on the cliffs from which his mother jumped to her death twenty years earlier. During the course of a single night, the narrator reflects on his life, searching for traces of his mother, …
Poèmes saturniens is the first collection of poetry by Paul Verlaine, first published in 1866. Verlaine was linked with the Parnassien movement in French poetry. He published his first poem in their journal, Revue du Progrès moral, littéraire, scientifique et artistique, in …
The second of a four-part audio series from Stephen King’s bestselling book, Four Past Midnight. Recently divorced writer Mort Rainey is alone at Tashmore Lakethat is, until a figure named John Shooter arrives, pointing an accusing finger.
The Condemned of Altona is a play written by Jean-Paul Sartre, known in Great Britain as Loser Wins. It was first produced in 1959 at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris. It was one of the last plays Sartre wrote, followed only by his adaptation of Euripides' The Trojan …
Daphne du Maurier
A lush generational novel from the bestselling author of Rebecca "[du Maurier] tells a story because it's a good story, because it has something of beauty in it, and therefore of truth. She pictures life itself rather than all the dark and torturous currents that twist below its …
The Spoils of Poynton describes the struggle between Mrs. Gereth, a widow of impeccable taste and iron will, and her son Owen over a houseful of precious antique furniture. The story is largely told from the viewpoint of Fleda Vetch, a young woman in love with Owen but …
The book contains not one, but two of Hardy's most popular novels: Two on a Tower and A Pair of Blue Eyes, two romantic novels written in the unique style that characterizes Hardy's writings. Two on a Tower is the story of a star-crossed love, that is, the story of a love …
Wilbur A. Smith
A Falcon Flies is a novel by Wilbur Smith. It was the first in a series of books known as The Ballantyne Novels. The Rhodesian Bush War of the 1970s inspired Smith to research and write a book set in historical Rhodesia. He originally planned it as one novel but it ended up as a …
The Loo Sanction is a 1973 sequel novel to The Eiger Sanction written by Trevanian.
The Songs of Kings was a novel published in 2002 by Barry Unsworth that retells the story of Iphigenia at Aulis told by the Greek tragic poet Euripides.
The Veiled One is a novel by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell. It is the 14th entry in the Inspector Wexford series.
The Conversations at Curlow Creek is a historical novel written by the prominent Australian author David Malouf. It was first published in 1996 by the Random House publishing group.
Harnessing Peacocks is the third novel by Mary Wesley, published in 1985 when the author was 73 years old. In 1992 it was adapted for television.
Eleanor H. Porter
Pollyanna Grows Up is a 1915 children's novel by Eleanor H. Porter. It is the first of many sequels to Porter's best-selling Pollyanna, but is the only one written by Porter herself; the numerous later additions to the Pollyanna franchise were the work of other authors.
The Giant, O'Brien is a novel by Hilary Mantel, published in 1998. It is a fictionalized account of Irish giant Charles Byrne and Scottish surgeon John Hunter.
White Light is a work of science fiction by Rudy Rucker published in 1980 by Virgin Books in the UK and Ace books in the US. It was written while Rucker was teaching mathematics at the University of Heidelberg from 1978 to 1980, at roughly the same time he was working on the …
Room at the Top is a novel by John Braine, first published in the United Kingdom by Eyre & Spottiswoode in 1957, about the rise of an ambitious young man of humble origin, and the socio-economic struggles undergone in realising his social ambitions in post-war Britain. A …
Burning Bright is a 1950 novella by John Steinbeck written as an experiment with producing a play in novel format. Rather than providing only the dialogue and brief stage directions as would be expected in a play, Steinbeck fleshes out the scenes with details of both the …
Mr Standfast is the third of five Richard Hannay novels by John Buchan, first published in 1919 by Hodder & Stoughton, London. It is one of two Hannay novels set during the First World War, the other being Greenmantle; Hannay's first and best-known adventure, The Thirty-Nine …
Tideland is the third published book by author Mitch Cullin, and is the third installment of the writer's Texas Trilogy that also includes the coming-of-age novel Whompyjawed and the novel-in-verse Branches. The story is a first-person narrative told by the young Jeliza-Rose, …
Louis Paul Boon
City of the Chasch is the first science fiction adventure novel of the tetralogy Tschai, Planet of Adventure. It was written by Jack Vance and follows the attempts of a man stranded on the distant planet Tschai to return to Earth.
Five Go to Billycock Hill is the sixteenth novel in the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. It was first published in 1957.
R. K. Narayan
The greatest Indian epic, one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana is familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed …
The Mugger is a novel by Ed McBain, the second in his 87th Precinct series. It was adapted for a film of the same name in 1958. In 2002 the author wrote an introduction to this and to his earlier novel Cop Hater when both were published in an omnibus edition.
Harvest of Stars is a book published in 1993 that was written by Poul Anderson.
Invincible Louisa is a biography by Cornelia Meigs that won the Newbery Medal and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. It retells the life of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women.
Robert Anton Wilson
Nature's God is a book published in 1991 that was written by Robert Anton Wilson.
Edward II is a Renaissance or Early Modern period play written by Christopher Marlowe. It is one of the earliest English history plays. The full title of the first publication is The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical …
The Holy is a novel by bestselling author Daniel Quinn, published in October 2002 by Context Books, about a man's quest to find ancient "false gods". The novel's genre is not easily classifiable but has elements of horror, thriller and new age mysticism about it, together with …
Walter D. Edmonds
The Matchlock Gun is a children's book by Walter D. Edmonds. It won the Newbery Medal for excellence as the most distinguished contribution to American children's literature in 1942.
Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man is a novel by Siegfried Sassoon, first published in 1928 by Faber and Faber. It won both the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, being immediately recognised as a classic of English literature. In the years since its first …
R. K. Narayan
Malgudi Days is a collection of short stories by R.K. Narayan published in 1943 by Indian Thought Publications. The book was republished outside India in 1982 by Penguin Classics. The book includes 19 stories, all set in the fictional town of Malgudi, located in South India. …
Stephen Hero is an early version of Joyce's A Portrait of the artist as a Young Man. It was originally rejected on grounds of indecency―so the story goes― by twenty publishers, whereupon Joyce threw the manuscript in the fire, but Mrs. Joyce rescued several unburnt portions. …
Following the Equator is a non-fiction travelogue published by American author Mark Twain in 1897. Twain was practically bankrupt in 1894 due to a failed investment into a "revolutionary" typesetting machine. In an attempt to extricate himself from debt of $100,000 he undertook …
The Society of the Spectacle is a 1967 work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by Guy Debord. In this important text for the Situationist movement, Debord develops and presents the concept of the Spectacle. Debord published a follow-up book Comments on the Society of the …
The Act of Creation is a 1964 book by Arthur Koestler. It is a study of the processes of discovery, invention, imagination and creativity in humour, science, and the arts. It lays out Koestler's attempt to develop an elaborate general theory of human creativity. From describing …
A rich literary mystery peppered with humour, Domingo Villar's new suspense-filled novel combines a certain melancholy with the joys of music and white wine.
This is the second volume of Faulkner's trilogy about the Snopes family, his symbol for the grasping, destructive element in the post-bellum South.Like its predecessor The Hamlet and its successor The Mansion, The Town is completely self-contained, but it gains resonance from …
Robert D. San Souci
The Talking Eggs is a book written by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
The Island of Sheep is a novel by John Buchan. It is part of the series featuring Richard Hannay and Sandy Arbuthnot.
Rumpole and the Golden Thread is a 1982 collection of short stories by John Mortimer about defence barrister Horace Rumpole. They were adapted from his scripts for the TV series of the same name. The stories were: "Rumpole and the Female of the Species" "Rumpole and the Genuine …
Forgotten Fire is a young adult novel by Adam Bagdasarian. The book is based on a true story and follows the young boy Vahan Kenderian through the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to 1923. It became a National Book Award finalist, National Book Award for Young People's Literature …
Or Give Me Death is a 2003 work of historical fiction by Ann Rinaldi based on the possibility that the famous words of Patrick Henry "Give me Liberty or Give me death" may have been first spoken by his dying, mentally ill wife, whom he kept locked up in a cellar to prevent her …
Off on a Comet is an 1877 science fiction novel by Jules Verne.
Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus is the third novel in the Lucky Starr series, six juvenile science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov that originally appeared under the pseudonym Paul French. The novel was first published by Doubleday & Company in 1954. Since 1972, reprints …
Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out, an anthology edited by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu, is one of the seminal books in the history of the modern bisexual rights movement. It holds a place that is in many ways comparable to that held by Betty Friedan's The …
The Country Wife is a Restoration comedy written in 1675 by William Wycherley. A product of the tolerant early Restoration period, the play reflects an aristocratic and anti-Puritan ideology, and was controversial for its sexual explicitness even in its own time. The title …
Dirty Weekend is a novel by Helen Zahavi, adapted into a film two years later by Zahavi and director Michael Winner. In the US it was first published under the title The Weekend; some editions are subtitled "A Novel of Revenge".
Paul O. Zelinsky
Fire on the Mountain is a 1962 novel by Edward Abbey. It was Abbey's third published novel and followed Jonathan Troy and The Brave Cowboy.
Juan A. Ríos Carratalá
Madrid. 18 cm. 192 p. Encuadernación en tapa blanda de editorial. Colección 'Colección austral', numero coleccion(63). Mihura, Miguel 1905-1977. Edición, Antonio Tordera. Bibliografía: p. 51-54. Tordera, Antoni. 1945-. Colección austral (1987). 63 .. Este libro es de segunda …
Philip José Farmer
A Private Cosmos is a book published in 1968 that was written by Philip José Farmer.
Faith of Tarot is a book published in 1980 that was written by Piers Anthony.
Lake of the Long Sun is a book published in 1994 that was written by Gene Wolfe.
K. M. Peyton
Flambards is a novel for children or young adults by K. M. Peyton, first published by Oxford in 1967 with illustrations by Victor Ambrus. Alternatively, "Flambards" is the trilogy or series named after its first book. The series is set in England just before, during, and after …
The Walking Dead, Book 5 is a book written by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.
Alice, let's eat is a 1994 JBF Awards nominated book by Calvin Trillin..
James P. Hogan
Giants' Star is a book published in 1981 that was written by James P. Hogan.
How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok is a New York Times best selling book by constitutional lawyer and blogger Glenn Greenwald that appeared in May 2006. Greenwald attacks what he argues is the illegal activity of the Bush administration …
L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Adiamante is a 1996 science fiction novel written by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. It is outside the span of his series work but maintains several of his main themes, including justification of pre-emptive force, nanotechnology, a nearly destroyed but rebuilt Earth, misuse of technology …
Guy de Maupassant
Next: The Future Just Happened is a book by Michael Lewis published on July 17, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. The book argues that rapidly evolving technology will upend the power structure of society. It gives power to the youngster who doesn't have preconceptions and …
Bear is a novel by Canadian author Marian Engel, published in 1976. It won the Governor General's Literary Award the same year. It is Engel's fifth novel, and her most famous. The story tells of a lonely archivist in northern Ontario who enters into a sexual relationship with a …
Robert A. Heinlein
The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein is a collection of short stories by Robert A. Heinlein, an author of science fiction. The contents of the book are exactly two previous collections of Heinlein's short stories: Waldo & Magic, Inc. and The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan …
Gail Z. Martin
Dark Haven is a book published in 2009 that was written by Gail Z. Martin.
The Night Buffalo is a novel by Guillermo Arriaga.
The Killing Machine is a science fiction novel by American writer Jack Vance, the second in his "Demon Princes" series, in which Kirth Gersen, having brought arch-villain Malagate the Woe to justice, sets his sights on Kokor Hekkus, another of the Demon Princes. The name Kokor …
Richard A. Clarke
The Scorpion's Gate is a geopolitical thriller by former United States intelligence and Counterterrorism official Richard A. Clarke. The Scorpion's Gate is his first novel, but it is not his first book — unlike his non-fiction policy books this is an attempt to convey vital …
Robert E. Howard
Conan the Avenger is a 1968 collection of two fantasy works written by Björn Nyberg, Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in paperback by Lancer Books, and has been …
Carolyn J. (Carolyn Janice) Cherryh
Well of Shiuan is a 1978 science fiction novel written by C. J. Cherryh. It is the second of four books composing the Morgaine Stories, chronicling the deeds of Morgaine, a woman obsessed with a mission of the utmost importance, and her warrior companion, Nhi Vanye i Chya.
David Hugh Farmer
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints by David Hugh Farmer is a concise reference compilation of information on more than 1300 saints and contains over 1700 entries. It is published by Oxford University Press. The first edition was published in 1978. A fifth revised edition was …
Celandine is a children's fantasy novel by Steve Augarde. It is the second book in the Touchstone Trilogy and was first published in 2006. Celandine is set ninety years before The Various, the first book of the trilogy. It follows the adventures of Celandine in the years …
The Palace of Laughter, The Wednesday Tales #1, is a novel by Jon Berkeley, published in 2006. It tells the tale of an orphan named Miles Wednesday.
The Dungeon Master's Guide for the second edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
It is spring ad 45 in Rome, and Centurions Macro and Cato, dismissed from the Second Legion in Britain, are waiting for an investigation into their involvement in the death of a fellow officer. It is then that the imperial secretary, the devious Narcissus, makes them an offer …
It is over a year since the Roman army landed on the shores of Britain. The savage warriors of the barbarian leader Caratacus continue to torment the legions. Emperor Claudius needs a victory to make his position safe. As the Romans gather on the eve of the battle they are …
The Wood Beyond the World is a fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. It was first published in hardcover by …
James Alan Gardner
Ascending is a science fiction novel by the Canadian writer James Alan Gardner, published in 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers under its various imprints. It is the fifth novel in Gardner's "League of Peoples" series. It is a direct sequel to the first novel in the series, …
Experience and Education is a short book written in 1938 by John Dewey, a pre-eminent educational theorist of the 20th century. It provides a concise and powerful analysis of education. In this and his other writings on education, Dewey continually emphasizes experience, …
Return to Quag Keep is a fantasy novel by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe.
Alicia Dujovne Ortiz
Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder is a true crime book by Vincent Bugliosi published in 1996. Bugliosi sets forth five main reasons why the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office failed to successfully convict O.J. Simpson for the murders of …
The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived is a novel by British author Robert Rankin. It is the third book in the Cornelius Murphy trilogy, sequel to The Book of Ultimate Truths and Raiders of the Lost Car Park. The central story revolves around a 14-year-old schoolboy, Norman, who is …
Curtains for Three is a collection of Nero Wolfe mystery novellas by Rex Stout, published by the Viking Press in 1951 and itself collected in the omnibus volume Full House. The book comprises three stories that first appeared in The American Magazine: "The Gun with Wings" …
Spindrift is a 2007 science fiction novel by author Allen Steele. Spindrift is set within the same universe as the Coyote trilogy but was written as a stand-alone novel. Steele has stated that he wrote Spindrift because he was "tired of the militaristic sort of space opera that …
Stephen T. Johnson
Show Way is a 2005 children's picture book by American author Jacqueline Woodson with illustrations by Hudson Talbott. It recounts the stories of seven generations of African-Americans and is based on the author's own family history. Show Way was a John Newbery Medal Honor Book …
Stormbreaker is an action-packed book which won the New York Times Bestselling young adult novel. It is written by British author Anthony Horowitz and the first novel in the Alex Rider series. The book was released in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2000 and had its United …
H. Beam Piper
Federation is a collection of short stories written by H. Beam Piper, and edited by John F. Carr. The book was published in 1981 by Ace Books, and again in 1982, 1983 and 1986. Most of these stories take place in the early part of his Terro-Human Future History.
The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl is a 2005 novel by Tim Pratt. This is Pratt's first full length novel. 'Rangergirl' takes place in present day but with science fiction and western themes found throughout the story.
Whispering Nickel Idols is the eleventh 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.
America's Secret War: Inside the Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between America and Its Enemies, a book by Stratfor founder George Friedman, is an attempt to analyze United States foreign policy in 2004; specifically, the war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the war on terror. …
Surrender None is a book published in 1990 that was written by Elizabeth Moon.
Bicycles: Love Poems is a book written by Nikki Giovanni.
The Book of Earth is a fantasy novel by Marjorie B. Kellogg. It is the first book in a four-part series known as The Dragon Quartet. It was published in 1995.
Far Horizons is an anthology of 11 science fiction short stories or novellas by major authors, who also provide introductions and sometimes afterwords for the stories; it is edited by Robert Silverberg. All of the stories make their first appearance in Far Horizons, but none is …
Sold Down the River is a book published in 2000 and written by Barbara Hambly.
Across the Nightingale Floor Episode 2: Journey To Inuyama is a book published in 2005 that was written by Gillian Rubinstein.
The Day My Bum Went Psycho is a novel for children by Australian author Andy Griffiths. "Bum" is a slang word used in many English-speaking countries for the buttocks; in North America the term "butt" is used instead, and the book is published there under the title The Day My …
Getting It is a novel by Alex Sanchez, focusing on the conflict and friendship between two teen boys, one straight and the other gay.
Geomancer is the first book of the The Well of Echoes quartet, written by Ian Irvine. It is set on the world of Santhenar, 200 years after the events of The View from the Mirror series. The old humans of Santhenar are engaged in a war against the Lyrinx, a monstrous humanoid …
Into the Mist is the prequel of the first book in The Land of Elyon series.
Forged by Fire is a realistic fiction novel written by Sharon M. Draper. The novel was first published in 1997 and is the second book in the Hazelwood High Trilogy. It received the Coretta Scott King Award. The story focuses on Gerald, an African American boy who struggles with …
Ann M. Martin
Snail Mail No More is a book published in 2000 by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin. It is the sequel to P.S. Longer Letter Later and is about the relationship between two long-distance friends, Elizabeth and Tara.
The Lost Warrior is the first in an original English-language manga trilogy based on the best-selling book series Warriors by Erin Hunter. The manga was published by the distributor Tokyopop, and was released on April 24, 2007. It follows Graystripe's adventures trying to escape …
Public Enemy No.2 is a novel written by Anthony Horowitz, the second in the Diamond Brothers series. The main character in the book is Nick Diamond, His older brother Herbert Simple – who goes by the name Tim Diamond – is an unsuccessful private detective. The novel is …
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale …
Amber and Ashes is a fiction, fantasy novel in the Dragonlance book series and is the first of a trilogy called "The Dark Disciple", based around the character Mina. The book takes up where the War of Souls left off. This trilogy will explore the Chaos that is post-war Krynn. It …
Rule 34 is a near-future science fiction novel by Charles Stross. It is a loose sequel to Halting State, and was released on July 5 and 7, 2011. The title is a reference to Rule 34 of the Internet, which states that "If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions." Rule 34 was …
Discover the magic of Trudi Canavan with her brand new novel in the Traitor Spy Trilogy...Living among the Sachakan rebels, Lorkin does his best to learn about their unique magic. But the Traitors are reluctant to trade their secrets for the Healing they so desperately …
Sara J. Henry
Learning to Swim is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winning book written by Sara J. Henry.
Robin Wayne Bailey
Swords Against the Shadowland is a fantasy novel by Robin Wayne Bailey featuring Fritz Leiber's sword and sorcery heroes Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Chronologically it falls between the first and second volumes of the complete seven volume edition of Leiber's collected stories …
After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting …