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.

22401. The Sufis

Idries Shah

The Sufis is one of the best known books on Sufism by the writer Idries Shah. First published in 1964 with an introduction by Robert Graves, it introduced Sufi ideas to the West in a format acceptable to non-specialists at a time when the study of Sufism had largely become the …

22402. The Nature of Space and Time

Stephen Hawking

The Nature of Space and Time is a book that documents a debate on physics and the philosophy of physics between the British theoretical physicists Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking . The book was published by Princeton University Press in 1996. The event that is featured in the …

22403. Those Who Walk in Darkness

John Ridley

Those Who Walk in Darkness is a novel by John Ridley, published in May 2003. It details the life of a member of an elite police task force in Los Angeles that hunts down superhumans known as metanormals. It was followed in 2006 by a sequel, What Fire Cannot Burn.

22404. Switchers

Kate Thompson

Switchers is the first book of the Switchers Trilogy by Kate Thompson. Originally published in Ireland in 1994, it was first published in Great Britain by The Bodley Head in 1997. It introduces Tess and Kevin, the two main characters of the series. The story begins in Dublin, …

22405. I Will Repay

Baroness Emma Orczy

I Will Repay was written by Baroness Emmuska Orzcy and originally published in 1906, this is a sequel novel to the Scarlet Pimpernel. The second Pimpernel book written by Orzcy, it comes third in the series, after Sir Percy Leads the Band and before The Elusive Pimpernel.

22407. Exiles

James Joyce

Exiles is a play by James Joyce. It draws on the story of "The Dead", the final short story in Joyce's story collection Dubliners, and was rejected by W. B. Yeats for production by the Abbey Theatre. Its first major London performance was in 1970, when Harold Pinter directed it …

22414. Through the Darkness

Harry Turtledove

Through the Darkness by Harry Turtledove is the third book in the Darkness series.

22415. Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled

Harlan Ellison

Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled is a collection of short stories by author Harlan Ellison. It was originally published in hardback in 1968. Ace Books issued an edition in 1983. The original hardback edition has 22 stories and the reprint has 16.. Ellison removed 9 stories …

22416. Tarzan and the Golden Lion

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan and the Golden Lion is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the ninth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. It was first published as a seven part serial in Argosy All-Story Weekly beginning in December 1922; and then as a complete novel by A.C. …

22418. Alchemy

Margaret Mahy

Alchemy is a novel for older children by the New Zealand author Margaret Mahy.

22419. Henry VI, Part 1

William Shakespeare

Henry VI is a series of three history plays by William Shakespeare, set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England. Henry VI, Part 1 deals with the loss of England's French territories and the political machinations leading up to the Wars of the Roses, as the English …

22420. Down Among the Dead Men

Simon R. Green

Down Among the Dead Men is a book published in 1993 that was written by Simon R. Green.

22425. Little fur family

Margaret Wise Brown

Little Fur Family is a 1946 picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams. It tells the story of a little fur child's day in the woods. The day ends when his big fur parents tuck him in bed "all soft and warm," and sing him to sleep with a bedtime …

22426. The Mad Man

Samuel R. Delany

The Mad Man is a sexually drenched literary novel by Samuel R. Delany, first published in 1994 by Richard Kasak. In a disclaimer that appears at the beginning of the book, Delany describes it as a "pornotopic fantasy". It was originally published in 1994, republished and …

22429. The Woven Path

Robin Jarvis

The Woven Path is the first book in the Tales from the Wyrd Museum series by Robin Jarvis. It was originally published in 1995.

22431. Sixty Lights

Gail Jones

Sixty Lights is a 2004 novel by Australian author Gail Jones.

22432. Popism: The Warhol Sixties

Andy Warhol

Popism: The Warhol Sixties is a 1980 memoir by the American artist Andy Warhol. It was first published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. The book was co-authored by Warhol's frequent collaborator and long-time friend, Pat Hackett, and covers the years 1960-1969, focusing primarily …

22433. Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and …

Tim Reiterman

The basis for the upcoming HBO miniseries and the "definitive account of the Jonestown massacre" (Rolling Stone) -- now available for the first time in paperback. Tim Reiterman’s Raven provides the seminal history of the Rev. Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the murderous …

22436. Chickenfeed

Minette Walters

Chickenfeed is a crime novella by English writer Minette Walters, published as part of the "Quick Reads", designed to promote literacy through short, simply written and fast moving stories.

22444. The Simoqin Prophecies

Samit Basu

The Simoqin Prophecies is a fantasy novel in English written by Indian author Samit Basu, and is the first novel in the GameWorld trilogy. It has also been published in Swedish, German and Spanish Other novels in the Gameworld Trilogy are The Manticore's Secret and The Unwaba …

22446. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Amos Tutuola

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is a novel by African writer Amos Tutuola from Nigeria published in 1954. It is presented as a collection of related - but not always sequential - narratives. The stories recount the fate of a small West African boy; after he and his elder brother …

22450. Amaryllis Night and Day

Russell Hoban

Amaryllis Night and Day is a 2001 novel by Russell Hoban, incorporating elements of magic realism and romance.

22451. Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". It was originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks between 1881 and 1882 under the title Treasure Island, or the mutiny of the …

22460. Air Battle Force

Dale Brown

Air Battle Force is a 2003 thriller novel written by Dale Brown.

22462. The Book of Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert

The Book of Frank Herbert is a collection of ten short stories written by science fiction author Frank Herbert. The first edition of this book contained cover art and interior artwork by Jack Gaughan. Three of the stories in this collection appeared here for the first time.

22464. The Origins of the Urban Crisis

Thomas Sugrue

The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit, is the first book by historian and Detroit native Thomas J. Sugrue in which he examines the role race, housing, job discrimination, and capital flight played in the decline of Detroit. Sugrue argues that …

22468. Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man

Ann Wroe

Pontius Pilate, by Ann Wroe, is beautifully written, imaginatively researched, and intricately structured. Most importantly, it provides readers with a valuable emotional experience: a chance to rediscover and redeem Pilate's famous question--"What is truth?"--in a spirit of …

22470. The Son of a Servant

August Strindberg

The Son of a Servant is the autobiographical novel of August Strindberg in four parts, published between 1886 and 1909.

22471. I, Lucifer

Peter O'Donnell

I, Lucifer is the title of an action-adventure novel by Peter O'Donnell which was first published in 1967, featuring the character Modesty Blaise which O'Donnell had created for a comic strip several years earlier. It was the third novel to feature the character. I, Lucifer …

22473. The Changeling

William Rowley

"The next good mood I find my father in, I'll get him quite discarded"With these chillingly offhand words, Beatrice-Joanna, the spoilt daughter of a powerful nobleman, plots to get rid of the family servant who has crossed her once too often. The Changeling remains one of the …

22474. A Long Short War

Christopher Hitchens

A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq is a collection of twenty two articles written by Christopher Hitchens for the online magazine Slate. The articles support the impending American led invasion of Iraq and were written between November 7, 2002 and April 18, 2003. …

22481. Hrolf Kraki's Saga

Poul Anderson

Hrolf Kraki's Saga is a fantasy novel by Poul Anderson. It was first published by Ballantine Books as the sixty-second volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in October, 1973, and has been reprinted a number of times since. The novel was nominated for the …

22484. L'Opium des intellectuels

Raymond Aron

The Opium of the Intellectuals is a book written by Raymond Aron and published in 1955. It was first published in an English translation in 1957.

22492. Cleaned Out

Annie Ernaux

With extraordinary voice and poignant bravery, this novel allows the reader to experience a 20-year-old woman's reflections as she lies suffering from a back-alley abortion. Denise Lesur, alone in her college dorm room, reviews her coming-of-age in postwar France and her …

22499. Collected Stories of Ivan Bunin

Ivan Bunin

Collected Stories of Ivan Bunin is a book by Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin.

22506. Taras Bulba

Nikolai Gogol

Taras Bulba is a romanticized historical novella by Nikolai Gogol. It describes the life of an old Zaporozhian Cossack, Taras Bulba, and his two sons, Andriy and Ostap. The sons study at the Kiev Academy and then return home, whereupon the three men set out on a journey to …

22507. Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

Assia Djebar

Women of Algiers in Their Apartment French: Femmes d'Alger dans leur Appartement is a 1980 novel by the Algerian writer Assia Djebar. It is a collection of short stories celebrating the strength and dignity of Algerian women of the past and the present. The interweaving stories …

22508. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publication history after …

22518. Ourika

Claire de Duras

Ourika is an 1823 novel by Claire de Duras, originally published anonymously.

22519. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

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 …

22526. I remain in darkness

Annie Ernaux

Washington Post Top Memoir of 1999An extraordinary evocation of a grown daughter’s attachment to her mother, and of both women’s strength and resiliency. "I Remain in Darkness" recounts Annie’s attempts first to help her mother recover from Alzheimer’s disease, and then, when …

22527. Tante Jolesch or The Decline of the West in …

Friedrich Torberg

This is Friedrich Torberg's tribute to the largely Jewish coffeehouse world that flourished in Vienna amidst the afterglow of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until its final collapse in 1938. Based on Torberg's personal memories of intellectuals and eccentrics of the time, including …

22529. Dungeon Monstres, Vol. 1: The Crying Giant

Joann Sfar

Welcome to the branch of Dungeon focusing on the great adventures of secondary characters presented by leading guest artists. In this volume, Alcibiades the wizard’s giant eye cannot stop crying, flooding the entire dungeon. They must find the Giant who gave his eye to remedy …

22530. You Are There

Jacques Tardi

The satirical masterpiece that ushered in the graphic novel era to European comics, finally available in English—the beginning of an ambitious publishing project introducing one of Europe’s most beloved cartoonists to American audiences. One of the earliest full-length, …

22532. In those arms

Camille Laurens

An international bestseller translated into twelve languages and the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Femina Our narrator, Camille, loves men. One might say she’s obsessed with them. The latest object of her affection is a psychiatrist, and what better way to seduce a …

22533. Agnes

Peter Stamm

Agnes asks her lover to write about her. As she sits for him, he begins to write everything that had happened to them, from the time they met at the Chicago Public Library. Soon the borders of fiction and non-fiction start to strain, as Agnes finds they remember events …

22535. Eine Frage der Zeit

Alex Capus

A little known backwater of the history of the Great War is vividly rendered by a great story-teller - the central characters and events of this book are based on fact, but their surroundings and experiences are richly drawn from the author's imagination and detailed research.

22536. Leonardo Da Vinci (Routledge Classics): A Memoir of …

Sigmund Freud

This remarkable book takes as its subject one of the most outstanding men that ever lived. The ultimate prodigy, Leonardo da Vinci was an artist of great originality and power, a scientist, and a powerful thinker. According to Sigmund Freud, he was also a flawed, repressed …

22537. Hyperion

Friedrich Hölderlin

Hyperion is a novel by Friedrich Hölderlin first published in 1797 and 1799. The full title is Hyperion oder Der Eremit in Griechenland. The work is composed of letters from Hyperion to his friend Bellarmin, along with a few letters between Hyperion and his love Diotima. It is …

22543. Critique of Cynical Reason

Peter Sloterdijk

Critique of Cynical Reason is a book by the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, published in 1983 in two volumes under the German title Kritik der zynischen Vernunft. It discusses philosophical Cynicism and popular cynicism as a societal phenomenon in European history. In the …

22547. Confession of a Murderer

Joseph Roth

Confession of a Murderer details the interior life of a man consumed by jealousy and hatred. In a Russian restaurant on Paris's Left Bank, Russian exile Golubchik alternately fascinates and horrifies a rapt audience with a wild story of collaboration, deception, and murder in …

22557. Aziyadé

Pierre Loti

Aziyadé is a novel by French author Pierre Loti. Originally published anonymously, it was his first book, and along with Le Mariage de Loti, would introduce the author to the French public and quickly propel him to fame; his anonymous persona did not last long. Aziyadé is …

22565. Agaguk

Yves Thériault

Agaguk is the sixth novel written by Quebec author Yves Thériault. First published in 1958, it sold 300,000 copies and was translated into seven languages.

22570. Children of the New World

Assia Djebar

Children of the New World is a novel written by Assia Djebar.

22571. The Night of the Generals

Hans Hellmut Kirst

The Night of the Generals: A Novel is the 15th novel by the German writer Hans Hellmut Kirst, published in 1962.

22573. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Karl Marx

Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 are a series of notes written between April and August 1844 by Karl Marx. Not published by Marx during his lifetime, they were first released in 1927 by researchers in the Soviet Union.

22577. Emprise

Michael P. Kube-McDowell

Emprise is a book published in 1985 that was written by Michael P. Kube-McDowell.

22579. My prizes: an accounting

Thomas Bernhard

A collection of personal writings, originally penned in 1980, recounts farces that developed around literary awards received by the late author, from his ungracious participation in ceremonies to the improper ways he spent prizes.

22583. And There Was Light: Autobiography of Jacques …

Jacques Lusseyran

Selected as one of USA Today’s 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century, this astonishing autobiography tells the gripping, heroic story of the early life of Jacques Lusseyran, an inspiring individual who overcame the limitations of physical blindness by attending literally to …

22589. The Collapse of the Third Republic

William L. Shirer

The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940 by William L. Shirer deals with the collapse of the French Third Republic as a result of Hitler's invasion during World War II.

22593. From Caligari to Hitler

Siegfried Kracauer

From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film is a book by film critic and writer Siegfried Kracauer, published in 1947. The book is considered one of the first major studies of German film between World War I and World War II. Among other things, the book …

22595. The Post Card: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond

Jacques Derrida

The Post Card: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond is a 1980 book by French philosopher Jacques Derrida. It is a "satire of epistolary literature." After Glas, it is sometimes considered Derrida's most "literary" book, and continues the critical engagement with psychoanalysis …



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