The most popular books in English.

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.

20401. Histoires Naturelles

Jules Renard

The natural world in all its richness, glimpsed variously in the house, the barnyard, and the garden, in ponds and streams, and at large in the woods and the fields, including old friends like the dog, the cat, the cow, and the pig, along with more unusual and sometimes alarming …

20402. Love

Angela Carter

"One day, Annabel saw the sun and moon in the sky at the same time. The sight filled her with a terror which entirely consumed her … for she had no instinct for self-preservation if she was confronted by ambiguities."Annabel and Lee are married; Lee and Buzz are brothers. A …

20404. Colomba

Prosper Mérimée

Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870) was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen. He studied law as well as Greek, Spanish, English, and Russian. He was the first …

20405. Women in Evidence

Sébastien Japrisot

Sebastien Japrisot loves a mystery. In his award-winning World War I tale, A Very Long Engagement, he sent his beguiling heroine Mathilde Donnay on a high-stakes scavenger hunt to discover which of five condemned French soldiers--one of them her fiancé--may have evaded …

20407. The beauty salon

Mario Bellatin

"Like much of Mr. Bellatin’s work, Beauty Salon is pithy, allegorical and profoundly disturbing, with a plot that evokes The Plague by Camus or Blindness by José Saramago."--New York Times"Including a few details that may linger uncomfortably with the reader for a long time, …

20408. Mrs Craddock

W. Somerset Maugham

Mrs Craddock is a novel by William Somerset Maugham first published in 1902.

20411. Elements of Semiology

Roland Barthes

Elements of Semiology is a compendium-like text by French semiotician Roland Barthes, originally published under the title of "Éléments de Sémiologie" in the French review Communications. The English translation by Annette Lavers and Colin Smith has been published independently …

20415. The Killing Doll

Ruth Rendell

The Killing Doll is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1984.

20416. An Evening of Long Goodbyes

Paul Murray

An Evening of Long Goodbyes is a 2003 comic novel by Irish author Paul Murray. It was shortlisted for the 2003 Whitbread First Novel Award and for the 2003 Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award.

20419. Seeds of Change: Five Plants That Transformed Mankind

Henry Hobhouse

Seeds of Change: Five plants that transformed mankind is a 1985 book by Henry Hobhouse, formerly a journalist for The Economist, News Chronicle, Daily Express, and the Wall Street Journal, consultant to the Quincentenary of Columbus Exhibition, Smithsonian Institution, …

20420. Four Fish: the Future of the Last Wild Food

Paul Greenberg

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food is a 2010 nonfiction book by author Paul Greenberg. This work explores the state of commercial fishing and aquaculture. Greenberg frames his observations by commenting on the status of four specific fish: cod, salmon, bass, and tuna. …

20426. A Brief History of the Future

Jacques Attali

A Brief History of the Future is a prospective history book about the next 50 years by Jacques Attali. The original edition was published by Fayard in 2006.

20429. Beyond a Boundary

C. L. R. James

Beyond a Boundary is a memoir on cricket written by the Trinidadian Marxist intellectual C. L. R. James, which James described as "neither cricket reminiscences nor autobiography". It mixes social commentary, particularly on the place of cricket in the West Indies and England, …

20431. The Vampyre

John William Polidori

"The Vampyre" is a short work of prose fiction written in 1819 by John William Polidori. The work is often viewed as the progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction. The work is described by Christopher Frayling as "the first story successfully to fuse the …

20435. Wyst: Alastor 1716

Jack Vance

Wyst: Alastor 1716 is a science fiction novel by Jack Vance first published by DAW Books. It is the third and last novel set in the Alastor Cluster, a group of thousands of stars and planets ruled by the mysterious Connatic, which may or may not be a part of Vance’s Gaean …

20443. The Boys on the Rock

John Fox

The Boys on the Rock is a short debut novel by John Fox which details the coming out and falling in love of a gay sixteen-year-old swimmer, nomine Billy Connors, who narrates the story in the first person. It is notable as perhaps the first novel ever to blend politics with the …

20444. A Disaffection

James Kelman

A Disaffection is a novel written by Scottish writer James Kelman, first published in 1989 by Secker and Warburg. Set in Glasgow, it is written in the Scottish dialect in a stream of consciousness style, centering round a 29-year-old schoolteacher named Patrick Doyle. The novel …

20447. The Wind from Nowhere

J. G. Ballard

The Wind from Nowhere, first published in 1961 is the debut novel by English author J.G. Ballard. Prior to this, his published work had consisted solely of short stories. The novel was the first of a series of Ballard novels dealing with scenarios of "natural disaster", in this …

20448. Green Shadows, White Whale

Ray Bradbury

Green Shadows, White Whale is a 1992 novel by Ray Bradbury. It gives a fictionalized account of his journey to Ireland in 1953-1954 to write a screen adaptation of the novel Moby-Dick with director John Huston. Bradbury has said he wrote it after reading actress Katharine …

20449. Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder

William Hope Hodgson

Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder is a collection of occult detective short stories by author William Hope Hodgson. It was first published in 1913 by the English publisher Eveleigh Nash. In 1947, a new edition of 3,050 copies was published by Mycroft & Moran and included three …

20450. The Last Guardian of Everness

John C. Wright

Last Guardian of Everness is a fantasy novel by John C. Wright. It has a sequel, Mists of Everness.

20451. All by myself

Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter wants to show you all the things he can do for himself in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he’s tying his shoes, coloring a picture, or riding his bike, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect …

20454. A Hazard of New Fortunes

William Dean Howells

A Hazard of New Fortunes is a novel by William Dean Howells. Copyrighted in 1889 and first published in the U.S. by Harper & Bros. in 1890, the book was well-received for its portrayal of social injustice. Considered by many to be his best work, the novel is also considered …

20455. The Hardcore Diaries

Mick Foley

The Hardcore Diaries is the third autobiography of New York Times best-selling author and former WWE wrestler Mick Foley.

20456. The Passion of Ayn Rand

Barbara Branden

The Passion of Ayn Rand is a biography of Ayn Rand by writer and lecturer Barbara Branden, a former friend and business associate. Published by Doubleday in 1986, it was the first full-length biography of Rand, and was the basis for the 1999 film of the same name with Helen …

20458. Marching Through Georgia

S. M. Stirling

Marching Through Georgia is the first of four books of S.M. Stirling's alternate history series, The Domination. The novel also attempts to educate the reader on the background of the Domination. Government, military, social structures, and the historical development of the …

20459. Janissaries

Jerry Pournelle

Janissaries is a novel by science fiction author Jerry Pournelle. It was originally published in 1979, and was illustrated by comic artist Bermejo. It is the first book of Pournelle's Janissaries series. The following books are Janissaries: Clan and Crown and Janissaries III: …

20460. An Old Captivity

Nevil Shute

An Old Captivity is a novel by British author Nevil Shute. It was first published in the UK in 1940 by William Heinemann.

20461. The Lost Weekend

Charles R. Jackson

The Lost Weekend is Charles R. Jackson's first novel, published by Farrar & Rinehart in 1944. The story of a talented but alcoholic writer was praised for its powerful realism, closely reflecting the author’s own experience of alcoholism, from which he was temporarily cured. …

20463. Random Harvest

James Hilton

Random Harvest is a novel written by James Hilton, first published in 1941. Like previous Hilton works, including Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, the novel was immensely popular, placing second on The New York Times list of best-selling novels for the year. The novel was …

20464. The False Inspector Dew

Peter Lovesey

The False Inspector Dew is a humorous crime novel by Peter Lovesey. It won the Gold Dagger award by the Crime Writers' Association in 1982 and has featured on many "Best of" lists since.

20465. Survivor

Octavia E. Butler

Survivor is a science fiction novel by Octavia Butler. First published in 1978 as part of Butler's "Patternist series," Survivor is the only one of Butler's early novels not to be reprinted after its initial editions. Butler expressed dislike for the work, referring to it as "my …

20466. 1862

Robert Conroy

The Civil War comes alive in all its passion and fury–only now the Brits are fighting . . . alongside the Confederacy Outraged when the U.S. Navy seizes three Confederates aboard an English sailing ship, Britain retaliates by entering the fray in support of the Rebels–and …

20471. Darconville's Cat

Alexander Theroux

Darconville's Cat is the second novel by Alexander Theroux, first published in 1981. The main story is a love affair between Alaric Darconville, an English professor at a Virginia women's college, and one of his students, Isabel, but includes long sections on other topics, …

20472. Nightmare Abbey

Thomas Love Peacock

Nightmare Abbey was the third of Thomas Love Peacock's novels to be published. It was written in late March and June 1818, and published in London in November of the same year by T. Hookham Jr of Old Bond Street and Baldwin, Craddock & Joy of Paternoster Row. The novel was …

20477. The Claverings

Anthony Trollope

The Claverings is a novel by Anthony Trollope, written in 1864 and published in 1866–67. It is the story of a young man starting out in life, who must find himself a profession and a wife; and of a young woman who made a marriage of convenience and must abide the consequences.

20478. The New Journalism

Tom Wolfe

The New Journalism is a 1973 anthology of journalism edited by Tom Wolfe and E. W. Johnson. The book is both a manifesto for a new type of journalism by Wolfe, and a collection of examples of New Journalism by American writers, covering a variety of subjects from the frivolous …

20481. The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network …

Bill Carter

The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, & the Network Battle for the Night is a 1994 non-fiction book written by The New York Times media reporter Bill Carter. It chronicles the early 1990s conflict surrounding the American late-night talk show The Tonight Show. The book was later …

20483. Ring Around the Sun

Clifford D. Simak

Ring Around the Sun is a science fiction novel by Clifford D. Simak. Its anti-urban and pro-agrarian sentiments are typical of much of Simak's work.

20484. Flight from Nevèrÿon

Samuel R. Delany

Flight from Nevèrÿon is a collection of sword and sorcery stories by Samuel R. Delany. It is the third of the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series. This article discusses the three stories collected in the book. Discussions of overall plot, setting, characters, themes, …

20485. Khrushchev

William Taubman

Shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award: "The book is a gift, as fascinating as it is important."—Robert Legvold, Foreign AffairsThe definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who succeeded and denounced Stalin. Nikita Khrushchev was one of the most …

20487. Armance

Stendhal

Armance is a romance novel set during the Bourbon Restoration by Stendhal, published anonymously in 1827. It was Stendhal's first novel, though he had published essays and critical works on literature, art, and travel since 1815.

20489. Under a War-Torn Sky

L. M. Elliott

Under a War-Torn Sky is a young adult war novel about a young man flying a B-24 in World War II. When his plane is shot down and he is trapped behind enemy lines, he is helped by kind French citizens to escape and get back to his home. Written by American author L.M. Elliott, …

20490. Soldier Boys

Dean Hughes

Soldier Boys is a 2001 novel by writer Dean Hughes. The story is set during World War II and tells the story of two teenagers, one American, the other German, who join their respective armies and fight at the Battle of the Bulge to show their parents that they can do it. Both …

20491. The Wizards and the Warriors

Hugh Cook

The Wizards and the Warriors is a book published in 1986 that was written by Hugh Cook.

20492. War and Peace

Lev Nikolaevič Tolstoj

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in its entirety in 1869. Epic in scale, it is regarded as one of the central works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna …

20493. Silver Shadows

Elaine Cunningham

Arilyn Moonblade has always feared the elfshadow, the essence of her sword's magic. When she learns the terrible truth behind her inherited moonblade, she vows to find a way to escape her fate.What begins as a means to an end becomes a deeply personal commitment. Determined to …

20498. Extraterrestrial Civilizations

Isaac Asimov

Extraterrestrial Civilizations is a book written by Isaac Asimov in 1979, wherein the probability of there being intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations within the Milky Way galaxy is estimated. This estimation is approached by progressively analyzing the requirements for …

20500. The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

Patricia McKissack

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural is a book by Patricia McKissack.

20501. Batman Animated

Paul Dini

Batman Animated is a coffee table book written by Paul Dini and designed by Chip Kidd, about the popular TV show, Batman: The Animated Series. It was first published in a hardcover edition in 1998 by Titan Books. A paperback edition of the book was published later.

20503. The Confidence-Man

Herman Melville

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade is the ninth book and final novel by American writer Herman Melville, first published in New York in 1857. The book was published on April 1, presumably the exact day of the novel's setting. The Confidence-Man portrays a Canterbury Tales–style …

20504. Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo

Oscar Zeta Acosta

Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo is the first novel by Oscar Zeta Acosta and it focuses on his own self-discovery in a fictionalized manner. An autobiography, the plot presents an alienated lawyer of Mexican descent, who works in an Oakland, California antipoverty agency, …

20508. A Theft

Saul Bellow

A Theft is a 1989 novel by the American author Saul Bellow. Bellow originally wanted to publish the book as a story or serial in a magazine such as The New Yorker, but his agent had trouble selling it to any magazine. Bellow, instead, chose to publish it as a book, and it was …

20510. Work: A Story of Experience

Louisa May Alcott

Work: A Story of Experience, first published in 1873, is a semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, set in the times before and after the American Civil War. It is one of "several nineteenth-century novels [which] uncovers the changes in …

20511. Legacy

James A. Michener

Legacy is a novel by American author James A. Michener. Set during the Iran–Contra affair of the 1980s, the story follows Major Norman Starr, who is called to testify in front of a congressional committee to account for his involvement in covert military actions. The novel is …

20512. The Mystery of Cabin Island

Franklin W. Dixon

The Mystery Of Cabin Island is Volume 8 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Leslie McFarlane in 1929. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were …

20513. Wieland

Charles Brockden Brown

Wieland: or, The Transformation: An American Tale, usually simply called Wieland, is the first major work by Charles Brockden Brown. First published in 1798, it distinguishes the true beginning of his career as a writer. Wieland is the first – and most famous – American Gothic …

20514. Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture

Thurston Moore

Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture is a 2005 book edited by musician Thurston Moore on Universe Publishing.

20519. An Empire of Their Own

Neal Gabler

An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood is a non-fiction book whose topic is the careers of several prominent Jewish movie producers in the early years of Hollywood. Author Neal Gabler focuses on the psychological motivations of these film moguls, arguing that …

20521. Spectre

William Shatner

Spectre is a novel by William Shatner, co-written with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, basedon the television series Star Trek. The novel was released in 1998 in hardcover format. This is the first in the "Mirror Universe Saga". The story continues in Dark Victory and …

20522. World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred

Keith DeCandido

World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred is a book published in 2006 that was written by Keith DeCandido.

20527. Dr. Ox's Experiment

Jules Verne

"Dr. Ox's Experiment" is a short story by the French writer and pioneer of science-fiction, Jules Verne, published in 1872. It describes an experiment by one Dr. Ox and his assistant Gedeon Ygene. A prosperous scientist Dr. Ox offers to build a novel gas lighting system to an …

20530. The Parched Sea

Troy Denning

The Parched Sea is the first novel in the Harpers series, set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. The book was written by Troy Denning.

20532. 1635: The Dreeson Incident

Eric Flint

1635: The Dreeson Incident is a novel in the alternate history 1632 series, written by Virginia DeMarce and Eric Flint, as a sequel to Flint's novella 1634: The Bavarian Crisis.

20535. Sister Time

John Ringo

Sister Time is a novel by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane, and is part of the Legacy of the Aldenata series, specifically a spin-off that features Michael O'Neal's daughters Cally and Michelle. Michelle has been raised off planet by the Indowy race, and has been trained in highly …

20537. Deathworld 3

Harry Harrison

Deathworld 3 is a book published in 1968 that was written by Harry Harrison.

20539. Rules of Ascension

David B. Coe

Rules of Ascension is a book published in 2002 that was written by David B. Coe.

20541. Sam, Bangs and Moonshine

Evaline Ness

Sam, Bangs and Moonshine is a popular 1966 book by Evaline Ness. For its illustrations, it won the 1967 Caldecott Medal.

20542. Maske: Thaery

Jack Vance

Maske: Thaery is a 1976 science fiction novel by Jack Vance set in his Gaean Reach milieu.

20544. The floating admiral

Agatha Christie

The Floating Admiral is a collaborative detective novel written by fourteen members of the Detection Club in 1931. The twelve chapters of the story were each written by a different author, in the following sequence: Canon Victor Whitechurch, G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole, …

20545. Among the Missing

Richard Laymon

Among the Missing is a horror novel by American author Richard Laymon. It was first published in 1999 by Headline Publishing.

20546. S,M,L,Xl

Rem Koolhaas & Bruce Mau

S,M,L,XL is a book by Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau, edited by Jennifer Sigler, with photography by Hans Werlemann. It was first published by Monacelli Press in 1995 in New York and 010 Publishers in Rotterdam. This enormous, 1376-page-long book is a collection of essays, diary …

20548. Rumpole and the Angel of Death

John Mortimer

Rumpole and the Angel of Death is a 1995 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: "Hilda's Story" "Rumpole and the Angel of Death" "Rumpole and …

20549. Storm Warning

Jack Higgins

Storm Warning is a novel by Jack Higgins. Storm Warning was the follow-up novel to the highly successful 1975 bestseller The Eagle Has Landed. Higgins takes to the sea in this wartime thriller which matches the standard of his novels of this period. The setting is the sailing …

20551. The Boy in the Dress

David Walliams

The Boy In The Dress is a children's book written by David Walliams and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is the first book by Walliams, a television comedian best known for the show Little Britain. It tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who enjoys cross-dressing, and the …

20552. A Dark Traveling

Roger Zelazny

A Dark Traveling is a science fiction and fantasy novel by Hugo- and Nebula-award winning author, Roger Zelazny. The story uses teleportation as both fantasy and science fiction elements. It is the only novel he wrote for young adults and one of three books without a heroic …

20553. Gods of the Well of Souls

Jack L. Chalker

Gods of the Well of Souls is a book published in 1994 that was written by Jack L. Chalker.

20554. Goshawk Squadron

Derek Robinson

Goshawk Squadron is a 1971 black comedy novel by Derek Robinson which tells of the adventures of a squadron of SE5a pilots from January 1918 to the time of the German spring offensive of March 1918. This novel was Robinson's first. It introduces the character Stanley Woolley, …

20557. Strands of Sunlight

Gael Baudino

Strands of Sunlight is a novel written by Gael Baudino in 1994. It is the fourth in the Strands of Starlight tetralogy. The other novels are Strands of Starlight, Maze of Moonlight, and Shroud of Shadow. Out of the four-book series, this book alone was not released in the UK …

20559. Fog Magic

Julia Sauer

Fog Magic by Julia L. Sauer is a children's fantasy novel set in Nova Scotia. It was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1944. Fog Magic tells the story of a young girl who, on foggy nights, travels back in time to enter the past life of an abandoned village. Lynd Ward illustrated the …

20560. Ports of Call

Jack Vance

Ports of Call is a science fiction adventure novel by Jack Vance. It is followed by the novel Lurulu. It follows a young man named Myron Tany on a picaresque journey through the Gaean Reach.

20563. Stocks for the Long Run

Jeremy Siegel

Stocks for the Long Run is a book on investing by Jeremy Siegel. Its first edition was released in 1994. Its fifth edition was released on January 7, 2014. According to Pablo Galarza of Money, "His 1994 book Stocks for the Long Run sealed the conventional wisdom that most of us …

20565. Ultimate Punishment

Scott Turow

Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty or simply Ultimate Punishment is a series of autobiographical reflections regarding the death penalty. It is written by Scott Turow and marks his return to non-fiction for the first time since One L in …

20566. The Ethos Effect

L. E. Modesitt Jr.

The Ethos Effect is a science fiction novel by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.. It is a sequel to The Parafaith War. It is set in a future where humanity has spread to the stars and divided into several factions. Many factions including the Eco-Tech Coalition, the Revenants of the Prophet …

20568. Backlash

Aaron Allston

Backlash is a novel by Aaron Allston that was originally scheduled for release on January 26, 2010 but was moved back to March 9, 2010 to give the author more time to recover from his 2009 heart attack. It is the fourth novel in the Fate of the Jedi series and published as a …

20572. Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism

George Soros

Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism is a book by George Soros.

20574. Halloween Rain

Christopher Golden

Halloween Rain is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

20576. Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow

James Rollins

Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow is a young adult novel by James Rollins, part of the Jake Ransom fantasy adventure series.

20578. The Happy Hocky Family!

Lane Smith

The Happy Hocky Family is a children's book by author and illustrator Lane Smith. Written in a style similar to the Dick and Jane books, it tells a series of short, typically single page, stories about the Hocky family, which includes the two parents, three children, their dog, …

20579. Black Cat

V. C. Andrews

Black Cat is a book published in 2004 that was written by V. C. Andrews.

20582. Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Laban Carrick Hill

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave is a book written by Laban Carrick Hill.

20583. Doomwyte

Brian Jacques

Doomwyte is the 20th novel in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. It was released on October 2, 2008, in the United Kingdom, and on October 16, 2008, in the United States.

20584. Mexican Everyday

Rick Bayless

Mexican Everyday is a 2006 JBF Awards nominated book for Food of the Americas by Rick Bayless and Deann Bayless.

20587. Whispering to Witches

Anna Dale

Whispering to Witches is British writer Anna Dale's first novel, published in 2004 by Bloomsbury Publishing. It is a magical mystery adventure intended for youngsters age 8-12. It was publisher Bloomsbury's main title for Autumn 2004 and was scheduled for distribution in the UK, …

20588. The Candlestone

Bryan Davis

The Candlestone is a book published in 2004 that was written by Bryan Davis.

20589. Jango

William Nicholson

Jango, is the second book in the Noble Warriors Trilogy, written by William Nicholson.

20590. A time of miracles

Anne-Laure Bondoux

Winner of the Batchelder Award--this tale of of exile, sacrifice, hope, and survival is a story of ultimate love.Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her …

20592. Sunset in St. Tropez

Danielle Steel

Sunset in St. Tropez is a novel by Danielle Steel, published by Dell Publishing on June 3, 2003. The book is Steel's fifty-fifth best selling novel. The plot follows tales of friendship concerning three couples, who have been friends all their lives. However, when they go on …

20593. Infidel

Ted Dekker

Infidel was written by Christian author Ted Dekker and was released on December 15, 2007. It is the second young adult novel in The Lost Book series. These new novels span the fifteen-year period that is gapped in the Circle Trilogy's Black and Red. Thomas Hunter is still the …

20597. A Separate Peace

John Knowles

A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age novel by John Knowles. Based on his earlier short story, "Phineas," it was Knowles' first published novel and became his best-known work. Set against the backdrop of World War II, A Separate Peace explores morality, patriotism and loss of …

20598. The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows is a children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, …



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