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 Red Badge of Courage

Stephen Crane

Henry Fleming, a raw Union Army recruit in the American Civil War, is anxious to confirm his patriotism and manhood—to earn his “badge of courage.” But his dreams of heroism and invulnerability are soon shattered when he flees the Confederate enemy during his baptism of fire and …

21008. 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.

21009. 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 …

21011. Detective Novel 3

Bernhard Schlink

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.

21012. 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 …

21013. The angels weep

Wilbur A. Smith

The Angels Weep is a 1982 novel, the third in Wilbur Smith's series about the Ballantyne family of Rhodesia. The first part of the book is set immediately before and during the Second Matabele War, then the second part jumps forward to the final days of the Rhodesian Bush War.

21016. 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 …

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 …

21031. Boy

J. Bernlef

21032. 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 …

21033. The Good Companions

John B. Priestley

The Good Companions is a novel by the English author J. B. Priestley. Written in 1929, it focuses on the trials and tribulations of a concert party in England between World War I and World War II. It is arguably Priestley's most famous novel, and the work which established him …

21034. Managing the Professional Service Firm

David Maister

Managing the Professional Service Firm is a book by David H. Maister, a Harvard Business School professor and professional service firm consultant. The book is a compilation of 32 articles written over the preceding ten years and covers topics from strategy to profitability, …

21035. 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 …

21049. Schopenhauer's Telescope

Gerard Donovan

Schopenhauer's Telescope is the debut novel of Irish novelist and poet Gerard Donovan. Published in 2003, the book received general acclaim, appearing on the long list for the Man Booker Prize and garnering the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award the following year. In 2005, the …

21067. The Delivery Man

Joe McGinniss Jr.

The Delivery Man, is Joe McGinniss Jr.'s first novel, published 15 January 2008.

21068. Mathematicians in Love

Rudy Rucker

Mathematicians in Love is a science fiction novel written by Rudy Rucker.

21069. Garden State

Rick Moody

Garden State is a 1992 novel by Rick Moody about a group of teenagers in suburban New Jersey struggling towards adulthood. It was awarded a Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award. The novel is about three young people in their early 20s living in Haledon, New Jersey. Although the …

21070. The Long Tomorrow

Leigh Brackett

The Long Tomorrow is a science fiction novel by Leigh Brackett, originally published by Doubleday & Company, Inc in 1955. Set in the aftermath of a nuclear war, it portrays a world where scientific knowledge is feared and restricted.

21071. Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000

Lucille Clifton

Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 is a book written by Lucille Clifton.

21079. The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein

The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein is a collection of science fiction short stories by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1966. It includes an introduction entitled "Pandora's Box" that describes some of the difficulties in making predictions about the near future. Heinlein outlines …

21080. Garry Kasparov on Fischer: My Great Predecessors, …

Garry Kasparov

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

21091. The Dark Frigate

Charles Boardman Hawes

The Dark Frigate is a children's historical novel written by Charles Hawes. It won the 1924 Newbery Medal. It was the third, and final, novel written by Hawes, who died shortly before its publication.

21093. The Crimson Legion

Troy Denning

The Crimson Legion is a book published in 1992 that was written by Troy Denning.

21098. The Depths of Time

Roger MacBride Allen

The Depths of Time is a science fiction novel by Roger McBride Allen, also the author of The Ring of Charon.

21104. 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 …

21105. 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 …

21106. Noisy Nora

Rosemary Wells

Noisy Nora is a children's book written by Rosemary Wells. This mouse later appeared in the Timothy Goes to School series.

21111. Palo Alto

James Franco

Palo Alto is a collection of linked short stories by American actor and writer James Franco. The collection was published in 2010 by Scribner's. The stories are about teenagers and their experiments with vices and their struggles with their families. The book is named after his …

21113. House of Babel

P. C. Jersild

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

21123. 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 …

21124. One on One

Tabitha King

One on One is a 1993 fictional novel by author Tabitha King, set in the fictional New England town of Nodd's Ridge. The book was published by Dutton Adult.

21126. The Weapon

Michael Z. Williamson

The Weapon is a science fiction novel written by Michael Z. Williamson, published in 2005 by Baen Books. The Weapon continues the Freehold series. It begins prior to Freehold and ends approximately two years afterwards and follows the story of Kenneth Chinran.

21127. 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, …

21128. Poor Miss Finch

Wilkie Collins

Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins is a novel about a young blind woman who temporarily regains her sight while finding herself in a romantic triangle with two brothers.

21135. Major Operation

James White

Major Operation is a 1971 science fiction book by author James White and is the third volume in the Sector General series. The book collects together a series of five short stories, all of which were originally published in New Worlds magazine.

21143. The Adventures of Alyx

Joanna Russ

The Adventures of Alyx is a 1976 collection of feminist science fiction stories by Joanna Russ. It is composed of five stories: "Bluestocking" begins in the fantasy city of Ourdh. Alyx is hired by a young noblewoman to help the latter escape from an arranged marriage. "I Thought …

21145. The Compleat Enchanter

L. Sprague de Camp

The Compleat Enchanter: The Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea is an omnibus collection of three classic fantasy stories by science fiction and fantasy authors L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, gathering material previously published in two volumes as The Incomplete …

21150. Witches' Rings

Kerstin Ekman

Witches' Rings is the book written by Kerstin Ekman.

21154. The King's Last Song

Geoff Ryman

The King's Last Song is a novel by Canadian author Geoff Ryman. It was first published in 2006 by HarperCollins in the UK. It was published in the United States in 2008 by Small Beer Press.

21157. Shallows

Tim Winton

Shallows is a 1984 novel by Australian author Tim Winton about whaling. Shallows won the 1984 Miles Franklin Award. Carolyn See called it "a dark masterpiece that ranks with "Moby-Dick."

21177. Galactic Derelict

Andre Norton

Galactic Derelict is the second novel in The Time Traders series by Andre Norton. It was first published in 1959, and as of 2012, had been reprinted in eight editions. It is part of Norton's Forerunner universe. Galactic Derelict continues the series’ premise, an encounter …

21181. The Door Through Space

Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Door Through Space is a science fiction novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is not part of her Darkover book series, but Darkover is mentioned in passing in the book; and many Darkover elements appear in the book. It was first published in book form in English by Ace Books in …

21182. Kirlian Quest

Piers Anthony

Kirlian Quest is the 3rd book of the Cluster Series published in 1978 that was written by Piers Anthony.

21186. Blood and Honour

Simon R. Green

Blood and Honour is a book published in 1992 that was written by Simon R. Green.

21191. Counterfeit Son

Elaine M. Alphin

Counterfeit Son is a 2000 novel by Elaine Marie Alphin and was written for young adults. It received a 2001 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Young Adult Mystery. It is a psychological thriller.

21193. My Sister Jodie

Jacqueline Wilson

Pearl and Jodie are sisters. Jodie, 14, is very protective of her younger sister, Pearl. Jodie is boisterous, mischievous and dresses in a flamboyant manner. Pearl, 10, is shy and loves to read books. She also admires and looks up to Jodie. Their mother and father, Sharon and …



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