The most popular books in English
from 20801 to 21000

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.

20801. The Meeting at Telgte

Günter Grass

A group of leading intellectuals from all parts of Germany gather in 1647 for the purpose of strengthening the last remaining bond within a divided nation-its language and literature-as the Thirty Years' War comes to an end. Afterword by Leonard Forster. Translated by Ralph …

20804. The Marquise of O

Heinrich von Kleist

One of 60 low-priced classic texts published to celebrate Penguin's 60th anniversary. All the titles are extracts from "Penguin Classics" titles.

20805. Love and Will

Rollo May

Love and Will is a book by American existential psychologist Rollo May, in which he articulates the principle that an awareness of death is essential to life, rather than being opposed to life. The book explores how the modern loss of older values, whose structures and stories …

20806. Keeper

Mal Peet

Keeper is a sports novel for young adults by Mal Peet, published by Walker Books in 2003. It was Peet's first novel and the first of three football stories featuring South American sports journalist Paul Faustino. Cast as an interview with Faustino, the world's best goalkeeper, …

20807. The Inferior

Peadar O'Guilin

The Inferior is a 2007 novel by Peadar Ó Guilín. It begins as a fantasy novel, then develops characteristics generally attributed to science fiction novels. The book has been marketed as YA fiction.

20808. The Pirates of Malaysia

Emilio Salgari

The Pirates of Malaysia is an exotic adventure novel written by Italian author Emilio Salgari, published in 1896. It features his most famous character, Sandokan, and is a sequel to The Tigers of Mompracem. Salgari used as a source the book A Visit to the Indian Archipelago in …

20811. The Bride Wore Black

Cornell Woolrich

The Bride Wore Black is a 1940 American novel written by Cornell Woolrich. In 1967, it was adapted into a film of the same name by the French director François Truffaut. The novel opens with a quote from Guy de Maupassant's short story, Le Horla: "For to kill is the great law …

20812. Hotel Savoy

Joseph Roth

Hotel Savoy is a 1924 novel by the Austrian writer Joseph Roth. Its story is set in the Hotel Savoy in Łódź, where lonely war veterans, variety dancers and others dream of better places.

20814. Half a Crown

Jo Walton

Half a Crown is a science fiction novel written by Jo Walton published by Tor Books in September 2008. The first "Small Change" novel, Farthing, was released in August 2006. The second novel in the trilogy, Ha'penny, was released in October 2007.

20815. Losing Battles

Eudora Welty

Losing Battles is a book written by Eudora Welty.

20818. The Dig

John Preston

The Dig is a novel by John Preston, published May 2007, set in the context of the 1939 Anglo-Saxon ship burial excavation at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England. The novel has been widely reviewed as ‘an account of the excavation at Sutton Hoo in 1939’. The sleevenote advertises it as …

20819. Truth and Bright Water

Thomas King

Truth and Bright Water is a coming-of-age novel by Thomas King set in the Canadian Prairies on the U.S./Canadian border. The novel embeds a number of magical features within painstakingly realist prose, showing its affiliation with Magic realism.

20827. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Joseph Fielding Smith

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith is a book compiling selected sermons and portions of sermons and sundry teachings of Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the Latter Day Saint movement. The title page reads as follows: Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith is generally given credit …

20828. Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography

Andrew Morton

Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography is a biography of actor Tom Cruise, written by Andrew Morton. The book was published in the United States in hardcover format on January 15, 2008 by St. Martin's Press, with a first printing of 400,000 copies, and an audio format on five CDs …

20829. Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing

Benjamin Nugent

Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing is a biography of musician Elliott Smith by Benjamin Nugent. It was published by Da Capo Press on October 30, 2004, just past the one-year anniversary of Smith's death. The book contains interviews with two of the musician's producers, Rob …

20830. Ascendance

R. A. Salvatore

Ascendance is the first novel in the second DemonWars Saga trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. The book is also the fifth out of seven books in the combined DemonWars Saga.

20832. Under a Velvet Cloak

Piers Anthony

Under a Velvet Cloak is a fantasy novel by Piers Anthony. It is the last of eight books in the Incarnations of Immortality series. It follows the adventures of the Incarnation of Night. Summary It is the year 500 AD. Kerena, a beautiful young girl living near King Arthur's …

20833. The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction

Mike Ashley

The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction is a science fiction anthology edited by Mike Ashley that was originally published in 2006 in the United Kingdom by Robinson, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd. It was reprinted in the United States, also in 2006, by Carroll …

20834. The Rifles

William T. Vollmann

The Rifles is a 1994 novel by American writer William T. Vollmann. It is intended to be the sixth book in a planned seven-book cycle entitled Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes. As of 2012, however, only four of the seven have been published, The Rifles being the …

20837. August

Judith Rossner

August, is a novel written by Judith Rossner focused on a psychoanalyst and one of her analysands.

20840. Who Goes There?

John W. Campbell

Who Goes There? is a science fiction novella by John W. Campbell, Jr., written under the pen name Don A. Stuart. It was first published in the August 1938 Astounding Science-Fiction. In 1973 the story was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the finest …

20842. The Garden of the Gods

Gerald Durrell

The Garden of the Gods is the third book in the autobiographical Corfu trilogy by naturalist and author, Gerald Durrell, following My Family and Other Animals and Birds, Beasts, and Relatives.

20843. The Poorhouse Fair

John Updike

The Poorhouse Fair was the first novel by the American author John Updike. A second edition included an introduction by the author and was slightly revised.

20845. Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a …

James B. Stewart

Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away with Murder is a book by James B. Stewart.

20848. Fool for Love

Sam Shepard

Fool for Love is a play written by American playwright and actor Sam Shepard. The play focuses on May and Eddie, former lovers who have met again in a motel in the desert. The play premiered in 1983 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where Shepard was the …

20849. The Essence of the Thing

Madeleine St John

The Essence of the Thing is a novel written by Madeleine St John.

20850. The Twilight of Atheism

Alister McGrath

The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World is a book by Christian theologian and apologist Alister McGrath which traces the perceived decline of secular thought over the last two centuries. McGrath states that the book is an expanded form of a …

20853. National Lampoon's Doon

Ellis Weiner

National Lampoon's Doon is a parody of Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel Dune, written by Ellis Weiner and published in 1984 by Pocket Books for National Lampoon. It was reprinted by Grafton Books in 1985. In 1988 William F. Touponce called the book "something of a …

20854. Science in Action

Bruno Latour

Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society is an influential book by Bruno Latour. The English edition was published in 1987 by Harvard University Press. It is written in a text-book style, and contains a full featured approach to the empirical …

20857. American Dreams: Lost and Found

Studs Terkel

American Dreams: Lost and Found is a book written by Studs Terkel.

20858. Homo Ludens

Johan Huizinga

In Homo Ludens, the classic evaluation of play that has become a “must-read” for those in game design, Dutch philosopher Johan Huizinga defines play as the central activity in flourishing societies. Like civilization, play requires structure and participants willing to create …

20870. Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers

Harry Harrison

Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers is a comic science fiction novel by Harry Harrison. It is a parody of the space opera genre and in particular, the Lensman and Skylark series of E. E. "Doc" Smith. It also includes an homage to Larry Niven's Ringworld. It is about two college …

20871. Nobody Lives for Ever

John Gardner

Nobody Lives for Ever, first published in 1986, was the fifth novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape and in the United States by Putnam.

20872. Thorns

Robert Silverberg

Thorns is a science fiction novel by American author Robert Silverberg, published as a paperback original in 1967, and a Nebula and Hugo Awards nominee.

20873. Cruden's Concordance

Alexander Cruden

A Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures, generally known as Cruden's Concordance, is a concordance of the King James Bible that was singlehandedly created by Alexander Cruden. The Concordance was first published in 1737 and has not been out of print since then. Two …

20875. The Worlds of Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert

The Worlds of Frank Herbert is a collection of eight short stories written by science fiction author Frank Herbert. All of the stories in this collection had been previously published in magazines.

20877. The Assassin's Song

M. G. Vassanji

In the aftermath of the brutal violence that gripped western India in 2002, Karsan Dargawalla, heir to Pirbaag – the shrine of a mysterious, medieval sufi – begins to tell the story of his family. His tale opens in the 1960s: young Karsan is next in line after his father to …

20879. True Confessions of a Heartless Girl

Martha Brooks

True Confessions of a Heartless Girl received the Governor General's Literary Award in 2002 and is Martha Brooks' seventh novel for young adults. Martha Brooks is a Canadian award-winning novelist, playwright, jazz singer and author of short fiction. Some of her other novels …

20884. The Far Side of Evil

Sylvia Louise Engdahl

The Far Side of Evil is a book published in 1971 that was written by Sylvia Engdahl.

20888. This Year You Write Your Novel

Walter Mosely

This Year You Write Your Novel is a book.

20890. Dead Certain

Robert Draper

Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush is a 2007 book by Robert Draper. The book tells the story of the George W. Bush Administration from 2001 to 2007. Draper wanted to tell the story of the Bush White House with an inside perspective. To this end, and in preparation …

20894. The Coming of the Quantum Cats

edited by Frederik Pohl

The Coming of the Quantum Cats is a 1986 science fiction novel by American writer Frederik Pohl. It was originally serialized in Analog science-fiction magazine, January–April 1986.

20896. The Tower Treasure

Franklin W. Dixon

The Tower Treasure is the first volume in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. The book ranks 55th on Publishers Weekly's All-Time Bestselling Children's Book List for the United States, with 2,209,774 copies sold as of 2001. This book …

20900. The Glass Bees

Ernst Jünger

The Glass Bees is a 1957 science fiction novel written by German author Ernst Jünger. The novel follows two days in the life of Captain Richard, an unemployed ex-cavalryman who feels lost in a world that has become more technologically advanced and impersonal. Richard accepts a …

20902. Finding Myself

Toby Litt

Dear Friend, How would you like to come - this August - and stay, completely free, in a lovely seaside house I've rented? Good food and plenty of alcohol will also be provided, gratis. But (you knew there'd be a but) afterwards you must allow me to write up the events of the …

20903. The Murderess (New York Review of Books Classics)

Alexandros Papadiamantis

The Murderess is a bone-chilling tale of crime and punishment with the dark beauty of a backwoods ballad. Set on the dirt-poor Aegean island of Skiathos, it is the story of Hadoula, an old woman living on the margins of society and at the outer limits of respectability. Hadoula …

20906. Perfekcyjna niedoskonałość

Jacek Dukaj

Perfect Imperfection: First third of progress is a science fiction novel published in 2004 by the Polish science fiction writer Jacek Dukaj as the first part of a planned trilogy. It was published in Poland by Wydawnictwo Literackie. The novel received the prime Polish award for …

20909. The Street of Crocodiles

Bruno Schulz

The Street of Crocodiles is a 1934 collection of short stories written by Bruno Schulz. First published in Polish, the collection was translated into English by Celina Wieniewska in 1963.

20923. Fado Alexandrino

António Lobo Antunes

Fado Alexandrino is a novel by Portuguese author António Lobo Antunes. It was published in Portuguese in 1983 and in English translation by Gregory Rabassa in 1990. The novel tells of the reunion of five veterans of Portugal’s Colonial War in Mozambique who meet ten years later …

20960. The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist 2 (Fullmetal …

Hiromu Arakawa

A second art book featuring the characters from the top-selling and award-winning manga series, Fullmetal Alchemist. Includes original color artwork from creator, Hiromu Arakawa--each illustration presented in sequential order with commentary from Arakawa himself. Also included …

20970. Tetrabiblos

Ptolemy

Tetrabiblos 'four books', also known in Greek as Apotelesmatiká "Effects", and in Latin as Quadripartitum "Four Parts", is a text on the philosophy and practice of astrology, written in the 2nd century AD by the Alexandrian scholar Claudius Ptolemy. Ptolemy's Almagest was an …

20974. The Wedding

Stanisław Wyspiański

The Wedding is a defining work of Polish drama written at the turn of the 20th century by Stanisław Wyspiański. It describes the perils of the national drive toward self-determination following the two unsuccessful uprisings against the Partitions of Poland, in November 1830 and …

20995. Foreign words

Vassilis Alexakis

Foreign Words is a novel by Greek author Vassilis Alexakis that tells the story of middle-aged writer Nicolaides and his decision to learn the African language Sango following the death of his father. The novel was originally published in 2002 in France as Les mots étrangers, …



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