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.

21001. Great stories by Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

The thirty-four stories in this volume span Chekhov’s creative career. They present a wide spectrum of comic and serious themes and a variety of techniques. (His short novels, available in another Norton volume, Seven Short Novels by Chekhov, have been omitted.) Two of the …

21002. 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 …

21003. 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 …

21005. The Bread of Those Early Years

Heinrich Böll

The Bread of Those Early Years is a 1955 novel by the West German writer Heinrich Böll. It was adapted into a 1962 film with the same title.

21006. Miss Julie, The Ghost Sonata, Dream Play, The Great …

August Strindberg

This edition embraces Strindberg's crucial transition from Naturalism to Modernism, from his two finest achievements as a psychological realist, The Father and Miss Julie, to the three plays in which he redefined the possibilities of European drama following his return to the …

21007. 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.

21008. By the open sea

August Strindberg

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V After the superintendent had reverently bowed his head before the …

21010. Detective Novel 3

Бернхард Шлинк

The seventy-something private investigator Gerhard Self is hired to track down a mysterious silent bank partner, a case which eventually leads him to eastern Germany and some of the most dangerous villians he has ever met.

21011. Campos De Castilla (Spanish Texts)

Antonio Machado

A thoroughly edited text of one of 20th-century Spain's most famous volumes of poetry. An introduction offers an in-depth commentary on Machado's themes, techniques and metaphysical manner. In addition to examining the various influences on his work - Krausism, Bergsonism and …

21014. Boris Godunov

Alexander Pushkin

Boris Godunov is a play by Alexander Pushkin. It was written in 1825, published in 1831, but not approved for performance by the censor until 1866. Its subject is the Russian ruler Boris Godunov, who reigned as Tsar from 1598 to 1605. It consists of 25 scenes and is written …

21020. Mefisto in Onyx

Harlan Ellison

Mefisto in Onyx is an American novella written by Harlan Ellison. The introduction and cover art was by Frank Miller. Ellison stated in an interview with Salon that he wrote Mefisto in Onyx to be adapated into a film starring Forrest Whittaker. Mefisto in Onyx was later included …

21021. The Fate of the Earth

Jonathan Schell

The Fate of the Earth is a 1982 book by Jonathan Schell. This "seminal" description of the consequences of nuclear war "forces even the most reluctant person to confront the unthinkable: the destruction of humanity and possibly most life on Earth". The book is regarded as a key …

21023. The Story of Miss Moppet

Beatrix Potter

The Story of Miss Moppet is a tale about teasing, featuring a kitten and a mouse, that was written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. It was published by Frederick Warne & Co for the 1906 Christmas season. Potter was born in London in 1866, and between 1902 and 1905 …

21027. Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook

Edward Luttwak

Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook is a history book by Edward Luttwak examining the conditions, strategy, planning, and execution of coups d'état.

21028. Sir Nigel

Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Nigel is a historical novel set during the early phase of the Hundred Years' War, spanning the years 1350 to 1356, by the British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Written in 1906, it is a prequel to Doyle's earlier novel The White Company, and describes the early life of that …

21033. Boy

J. Bernlef

21034. Rebellion

Joseph Roth

Rebellion is a 1924 novel by the Austrian writer Joseph Roth. It tells the story of a war veteran who has become a street musician after losing one leg. The novel was published in the newspaper Vorwärts from 27 July to 29 August 1924. It has been adapted for television twice: in …

21035. Rumpole and the Age of Miracles

John Mortimer

Rumpole and the Age of Miracles is a 1988 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 Portia" "Rumpole and the Age of Miracles" "Rumpole …

21036. Accident: A Day's News : A Novel (Phoenix Fiction)

Christa Wolf

On a flawless spring day in late April, an East German writer awaits a call from the hospital where her brother is undergoing brain surgery and instead receives news of a massive nuclear accident at Chernobyl, one thousand miles away. In a potent, lyrical stream of thought, the …

21064. Something like an autobiography

Akira Kurosawa

Something Like an Autobiography is the memoir of Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. It was published as a book in 1981 and the English translation by Audie E. Bock appeared the following year.

21065. Tunes for Bears to Dance To

Robert Cormier

Tunes for Bears to Dance To is a young adult novel written by American author Robert Cormier that discusses themes of morality from the perspective of an 11-year-old named Henry. This novel also has many metaphors and ties to the Holocaust. This book is very loyal to Robert …

21066. What Technology Wants

Kevin Kelly

What Technology Wants is a 2010 nonfiction book by Kevin Kelly focused on technology as an extension of life.

21067. West of Honor

Jerry Pournelle

West of Honor is a book published in 1976 that was written by Jerry Pournelle.

21068. The Sirius Mystery

Robert K. G. Temple

The Sirius Mystery is a book by Robert K. G. Temple first published by St. Martin's Press in 1976. It presents the hypothesis that the Dogon people of Mali, in west Africa, preserve a tradition of contact with intelligent extraterrestrial beings from the Sirius star system. …

21069. Diaries: In Power 1983–1992

Alan Clark

Diaries: In Power 1983–1992 is a book published in 1993 that was written by Alan Clark.

21077. Garry Kasparov on Fischer: My Great Predecessors, …

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on Fischer: My Great Predecessors, Part 4 is a book by Garry Kasparov.

21080. Blood and Money

Thomas Thompson

Blood and Money is a book by Thomas Thompson.

21093. I Am My Own Wife

Doug Wright

I Am My Own Wife is a play by Doug Wright based on his conversations with German Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. The one-man play premiered Off-Broadway in 2003 at Playwrights Horizons. It opened on Broadway later that year. The play was developed with Moisés Kaufman and his Tectonic …

21100. Anton Chekhov: Later Short Stories, 1888-1903

Anton Chekhov

This volume presents forty-two of Chekhov's later short stories, written between 1888 and 1903, in acclaimed translations by Constance Garnett and chosen by Shelby Foote. Among the most outstanding are "A Dreary Story," a dispassionate tale that reflects Chekhov's doubts about …

21101. 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 …

21102. The Great World

David Malouf

The Great World is a 1990 Miles Franklin literary award winning novel by the Australian author David Malouf.

21105. Hunting for Hidden Gold

Franklin W. Dixon

Hunting For Hidden Gold is Volume 5 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. The book ranks 111th on Publishers Weekly's All-Time Bestselling Children's Book List for the United States, with 1,179,533 copies sold as of 2001. The plot …

21109. Political Liberalism

John Rawls

Political Liberalism is a 1993 book by John Rawls, an update to his earlier A Theory of Justice, in which he attempts to show that his theory of justice is not a "comprehensive conception of the good", but is instead compatible with a liberal conception of the role of justice: …

21110. House of Babel

P. C. Jersild

House of Babel is a book written by P. C. Jersild.

21113. The Pandora Principle

Carolyn Clowes

The Pandora Principle is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Carolyn Clowes. It features the origin story of Saavik, and how she came to know Spock.

21122. Christopher Unborn

Carlos Fuentes

Christopher Unborn is the tenth novel by the Mexican author Carlos Fuentes. Originally published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica in 1987, the first U.S. edition was published in 1989 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. The basic structure of the work, including the story of the …

21123. The Conan Chronicles, 1

Robert E. Howard

The Conan Chronicles: Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle is a collection of fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard featuring his sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. The book was published in 2000 by Gollancz as eighth volume of their Fantasy Masterworks …

21125. Yellow Eyes

John Ringo

Yellow Eyes is a novel in John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series, co-authored with Tom Kratman. The book, which is a spin-off of the main series, focuses on the Posleen invasion of Central America, with an emphasis on Panama. In contrast with other books in the series, …

21126. 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, …

21129. Black Easter

James Blish

Black Easter is a Nebula Award-nominated fantasy novel by James Blish in which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day. It was first published in 1968. The sequel is The Day After Judgment. Together, those two short …

21130. 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.

21142. No Time Like Show Time

Michael Hoeye

No Time Like Show Time is a children's fantasy mystery novel by Michael Hoeye, first published in 2004. It is the third book in the Hermux Tantamoq series, which includes Time Stops for No Mouse,The Sands of Time, and Time to Smell the Roses.

21143. Three Men Out

Rex Stout

Three Men Out is a collection of Nero Wolfe mystery novellas by Rex Stout, published by the Viking Press in 1954. The book comprises three stories that first appeared in The American Magazine: "Invitation to Murder" "The Zero Clue" "This Won't Kill You"

21149. Witches' Rings

Kerstin Ekman

Witches' Rings is the book written by Kerstin Ekman.

21153. Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls

Bennett Madison

Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls is a 2005 young adult mystery novel written by Bennett Madison. It introduces the reluctant girl-sleuth of Halo City, Lulu Dark. Its sequel is Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox, published in 2006.

21161. Falcon and the Snowman:A True Story of Friendship …

Robert Lindsey

Falcon and the Snowman:A True Story of Friendship and Espionage is a book written by Robert Lindsey.

21171. A Greek-English Lexicon

Henry George Liddell

A Greek–English Lexicon is a standard lexicographical work of the Ancient Greek language.

21174. Star Trek 1

James Blish

Star Trek 1 is a book published in 1967 that was written by James Blish.

21178. The Spoils of War

Alan Dean Foster

The Spoils of War is a book published in 1993 that was written by Alan Dean Foster.

21179. The Wild

David Zindell

The Wild is a book published in 1995 that was written by David Zindell.

21181. Maelstrom

Anne McCaffrey

Maelstrom is a book published in 2006 that was written by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.

21182. The Stones Are Hatching

Geraldine McGaughrean

The Stones Are Hatching is a young adult fantasy novel by Geraldine McCaughrean first published in November 1999 by Oxford University Press. It recounts the adventures of Phelim Green and his companions as they try to prevent the Stoor Worm from waking.

21183. Breakpoint

Richard A. Clarke

Breakpoint is a cyberpunk science fiction novel by former United States intelligence and counterterrorism official Richard A. Clarke. It is his second novel. The book paints a dystopic prediction of the future.

21184. Truesight

David Stahler, Jr.

Truesight is a young adult and science fiction novel, by American author David Stahler Jr. It is the first book of the Truesight Trilogy.

21195. Stargirl

Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl is a young adult novel written by American author Jerry Spinelli and first published in 2002. Stargirl was well received by critics, who praised the Stargirl character and the novel's overall message of nonconformity. It was a New York Times Bestseller, a Parents Choice …



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