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.

24008. Just Like That

Lily Brett

Winner of the New South Wales Premier's Christina Stead Prize for best Australian work of fiction in 1995."Lily Brett's third novel is about a happy marriage, the presence of death in life, the yearning for meaning and the realization that making sense of life is sheer farce. …

24009. Short Letter, Long Farewell

Peter Handke

Short Letter, Long Farewell is one the most inventive and exhilarating of the great Peter Handke’s novels. Full of seedy noir atmospherics and boasting an air of generalized delirium, the book starts by introducing us to a nameless young German who has just arrived in America, …

24013. Social origins of dictatorship and democracy

Barrington Moore, Jr.

Social origins of dictatorship and democracy is a book written by Barrington Moore Jr.

24014. A Sport of Nature

Nadine Gordimer

A Sport of Nature is a 1987 novel by the South African writer Nadine Gordimer.

24015. Letters to Felice

Franz Kafka

Letters to Felice is a book collecting some of Franz Kafka's letters to Felice Bauer from 1912 to 1917. Schocken Books acquired these letters from Felice Bauer in 1955, in addition to roughly half of Kafka's letters to Grete Bloch, Bauer's friend. Additional letters to Bloch …

24022. Heresy

Anselm Audley

Heresy is a book published in 2001 that was written by Anselm Audley.

24025. The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West

Karl-Heinz Frieser

The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West is a book by Karl-heinz Frieser and John T. Greenwood.

24026. Nadirs

Herta Müller

Nadirs is a collection of largely autobiographical short stories by Romanian-German writer and Nobel laureate Herta Müller. The stories center on life in the Romanian countryside and the violent, oppressive atmosphere of Romania in the mid-20th century.

24032. X-Ray

Ray Davies

X-Ray was Ray Davies' first major attempt to write prose outside of his musical career as founding member of the British rock band the Kinks. Robert Polito calls it an "experimental non-fiction" and describes Davies as "a prose stylist of Nabokovian ambition."

24037. Letters to Jenny

Piers Anthony

Letters to Jenny is a collection of letters written by Piers Anthony to Jenny Gildwarg, a 12-year-old girl who was run over by a drunk driver on Dec 9th, 1988. The book also contains news of Jenny's progress after the accident.

24039. To Live Again

Robert Silverberg

To Live Again is a 1969 science fiction novel by Robert Silverberg.

24041. Before the Fact

Anthony Berkeley Cox

Before the Fact is a novel by Anthony Berkeley writing under the pen name "Francis Iles". Iles' novel is experimental in that it is not a whodunit: It does not take long to determine the identity of the villain and his motives. According to Colin Dexter, Before the Fact is a …

24043. Land of the Headless

Adam Roberts

Land of the Headless is a science fiction novel by the British writer Adam Roberts, published in 2007.

24046. Parasite Pig

William Sleator

Parasite Pig is a young adult science fiction novel written by William Sleator. It is the sequel to the 1984 book Interstellar Pig.

24047. The Twinkie Squad

Gordon Korman

The Twinkie Squad is a children's novel written by Gordan Korman published in 1992. The story follows the mis-adventures of Armando "Commando" Rivera, a feisty, popular basketball-obsessed hotshot who often gets in trouble with bullies and teachers; and Douglas Fairchild, the …

24052. Janissaries III: Storms of Victory

Jerry Pournelle

Janissaries III: Storms of Victory is a novel by science fiction authors Jerry Pournelle and Roland J. Green, the third book of Pournelle's Janissaries series. It was originally published in 1987 and, unlike the first two books in the series, was not illustrated. In 1996 …

24053. The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science …

Ken Wilber

The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion is a 1998 book by American author Ken Wilber. It reasons that by adopting contemplative disciplines related to Spirit and commissioning them within a context of broad science, that "the spiritual, subjective world …

24061. Empty World

John Christopher

Empty World is a science fiction novel written by John Christopher aimed at an adolescent audience. It was Christopher's eleventh such novel. The German station ZDF produced a TV adaptation of Empty World in 1987. An updated film adaptation of Empty World is currently in …

24062. A New Life

Bernard Malamud

A New Life is a semi-autobiographical campus novel by Bernard Malamud first published in 1961. It is Malamud's third published novel.

24064. The Watch That Ends the Night

Hugh MacLennan

The Watch That Ends the Night is a novel by Canadian author and academic Hugh MacLennan. The title refers to a line in Isaac Watts' interpretation of Psalm 90. It was first published in 1959 by Macmillan of Canada.

24068. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 5

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 5 is a book by Garry Kasparov.

24069. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 2

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 2 is a book by Garry Kasparov.

24071. November 1916

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

November 1916 is a novel by famed Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is the sequel to August 1914, which concerned Russia's role in World War I. The novel picks up on the brink of the Russian Revolution, depicting characters from all walks of life — from soldiers and …

24072. The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish …

Ernest Hemingway

The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War is a collection of works by Ernest Hemingway. It contains Hemingway's only full length play, The Fifth Column, which was previously published along with the First Forty-Nine Stories in 1938, along with four unpublished …

24079. The Tragedy of the Moon

Isaac Asimov

The Tragedy of the Moon is a collection of seventeen nonfiction science essays written by Isaac Asimov. It was the tenth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, these being first published between March 1972 and July 1973. It was …

24081. Where Dead Voices Gather

Nick Tosches

Where Dead Voices Gather is a book by Nick Tosches. It is, in part, a biography of Emmett Miller, one of the last minstrel singers. Just as importantly, it depicts Tosches' search for information about Miller, about whom he initially wrote in his book Country: The Twisted Roots …

24082. Shepherds of the Night

Jorge Amado

Shepherds of the Night is a Brazilian Modernist novel. It was written by Jorge Amado in 1964 and published in English in 1967. Shepherds of the Night is really three long, interrelated short stories, sharing many of the same characters as well as bringing in characters from …

24084. An Introduction to Old Norse

E. V. Gordon

An Introduction to Old Norse is an English textbook written by E. V. Gordon, arising from his teaching at the University of Leeds and first published in 1927 in Oxford at the Clarendon Press. It has been reprinted several times since. The Second Edition was revised by A. R. …

24086. Goggles!

Ezra Jack Keats

Goggles! is a 1969 children's picture book by American author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats published by the Penguin Group in 1998. The books is about two boys finding motorcycle goggles. Goggles won a Caldecott Medal in 1970. the illustration consist of mellow colors. "Keats …

24087. The World in the Evening

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood writes another quasi-fictional account of love, loss, and regret in 'The World in the Evening'. As in many Isherwood novels, the main character is caught in a contest between his personal egoism and the needs of friends and lovers. This novel has also been …

24088. Going to extremes

Joe McGinniss

Going to Extremes is a non-fiction book by Joe McGinniss. It was first published in 1980. The book is about McGinniss' travels through Alaska for a year. The book became a best-seller. The Los Angeles Times called it a "vivid memoir." McGinniss returned to the subject of Alaska …

24090. Heartstones

Ruth Rendell

Heartstones is a novella by British author Ruth Rendell, published in 1987. It was also published by Longman in a special educational edition in 1990.

24092. The "Hitler Myth"

Ian Kershaw

The "Hitler Myth": Image and Reality in the Third Reich is a book by historian Ian Kershaw.

24102. Philebus

Plato

The Philebus, is one of the surviving Socratic dialogues written in the 4th century BC by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. Apart from Socrates, the primary speaker in Philebus, the other speakers are Philebus and Protarchus. But Philebus, who wants to defend the life of …

24105. The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

Jimmy Breslin

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight is a 1969 novel written by Jimmy Breslin.

24107. Tarzan and the Forbidden City

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan and the Forbidden City is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the twentieth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan.

24108. Win, Lose or Die

John Gardner

Win, Lose or Die, first published in 1989, was the eighth 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 Hodder and Stoughton and in the United States by …

24110. 24 Hour Comics

Neil Gaiman

The challenge: create an entire 24-page comic book in 24 consecutive hours. Hundreds of cartoonists have taken this challenge, turning out works that were amazing, amusing, or revelatory. Four-time Harvey Award and Eisner Award winner Scott McCloud, comicdom's top theoretician …

24111. The Precipice

Ivan Goncharov

The Precipice is the third novel by Ivan Goncharov, first published in January–May 1869 issues of Vestnik Evropy magazine. The novel, conceived in 1849, took twenty years to be completed and has been preceded by the publication of the three extracts: "Sophja Nikolayevna …

24113. Dragons of War

Christopher Rowley

Dragons of War is a fantasy novel written by Christopher Rowley. The book is the third in the Dragons of the Argonath series that follows the adventures of a human boy, Relkin, and his dragon, Bazil Broketail as they fight in the Argonath Legion’s 109th Marneri Dragons. When a …

24114. Cyborg

Martin Caidin

Cyborg is the title of a science fiction/secret agent novel by Martin Caidin which was first published in 1972. The novel also included elements of speculative fiction, and was adapted as the television movie The Six Million Dollar Man, which was followed by a weekly series, and …

24116. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman …

Edward Gibbon

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a book of history written by the English historian Edward Gibbon, which traces the trajectory of Western civilization from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. It was published in six volumes. Volume …

24118. South Sea tales

Jack London

South Sea Tales (1911) is a collection of short stories written by Jack London. Most stories are set in island communities, like those of Hawaii, or are set aboard a ship.

24119. The Green Child

Herbert Read

The Green Child is the only completed novel by the English anarchist poet and critic Herbert Read. Written in 1934 and first published by Heinemann in 1935, the story is based on the 12th-century legend of two green children who mysteriously appeared in the English village of …

24121. Orion in the Dying Time

Ben Bova

Orion in the Dying time is a 1990 novel by science fiction author Ben Bova. It follows Orion as he finds himself in the Neolithic having been sent there by the Creators who plan on him stopping the mad creature Set in his grandiose plans to destroy human kind and to repopulate …

24122. Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night

K. W. Jeter

Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night is a science fiction novel by K. W. Jeter that continues the story of Rick Deckard. It is the sequel to Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human, which was a sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner, and the book on which the film was based, Do …

24125. Bright Messengers

Gentry Lee

Bright Messengers is a book published in 1995 that was written by Gentry Lee.

24128. Song of the trees

Mildred D. Taylor

Song of the Trees is a 1975 novella by author Mildred Taylor. It was the first of her highly acclaimed series of books about the Logan family. The novella follows the time Mr. Anderson tried to cut down the trees on the Logan family's land. The story revolves around Cassie Logan …

24133. Cold in July

Joe R. Lansdale

Cold in July is a 1989 crime novel written by American author Joe R. Lansdale.

24134. Act of Love

Joe R. Lansdale

Act of Love is a 1981 serial killer horror novel written by American author Joe R. Lansdale. This is Lansdale's first full length novel.

24138. A Writer's Diary

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A Writer's Diary is a collection of non-fiction and fictional writings by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Taken from pieces written for a periodical which he founded and produced, it is normally published in two volumes: the first covering those published between 1873 and 1876, the second …

24151. The Fallible Fiend

L. Sprague de Camp

The Fallible Fiend is a fantasy novel by American writer L. Sprague de Camp, the third book of his Novarian series. It was first published as a two-part serial in the magazine Fantastic for December 1972 and February 1973, and subsequently expanded and revised for book …

24153. The Ribbajack

Brian Jacques

The Ribbajack & Other Curious Yarns is a fantasy book by Brian Jacques, published in 2004. It was published the same year as the Redwall book Rakkety Tam. There are six tales in this book, all of them like the tales in "Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales," by the same author. …

24156. Crypt of the Shadowking

Mark Anthony

Crypt of the Shadowking is a fantasy novel by Mark Anthony, set in the world of the Forgotten Realms, and based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. It is the sixth novel in "The Harpers" series. It was published in paperback in March 1993.

24164. Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that …

Arthur L. Herman

Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age is a book by Arthur Herman.

24172. The Little Red Caboose

Marian Potter

The Little Red Caboose is a children's book by Marian Potter and illustrated by Tibor Gergely, first published in 1953. It tells the story of a caboose who longs to be as popular as the steam engine at the front of the train, and gains the respect and admiration of all when it …

24175. Trouble Magnet

Alan Dean Foster

Trouble Magnet is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster. The book is the twelfth chronologically in the Pip and Flinx series. Although he is supposed to be searching for the planet-sized Krang weapons platform in the uninhabited Sagittarius sector, Flinx finds …

24176. Forged in the Fire

Ann Turnbull

Forged in the Fire is a 2006 novel for young adults by Ann Turnbull, about Quaker life in the 1660s. It is the sequel to No Shame, No Fear, published in 2003. In Forged in the Fire, Will and Susanna are separated despite their love; Will is working as a bookseller in London, …

24179. Second Wave

Anne McCaffrey

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

24181. Tomoe Gozen

Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Tomoe Gozen is a novel by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, published in 1981. Set in an alternate universe resembling feudal Japan, the book combines the tale of historical female samurai Tomoe Gozen with the legends and creatures of Japanese mythology to create an action-adventure …

24182. The Empty Chair

Diane Duane

The Empty Chair is a book published in 2006 that was written by Diane Duane.

24186. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or simply …

24188. Zinky boys

Svetlana Alexievich

From 1979 to 1989 a million Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed 50,000 casualties - and the youth and humanity of many tens of thousands more. In Zinky Boys journalist Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to the tragic history of the Afghanistan …

24192. Bring Up the Bodies

Hilary Mantel

Amazon Exclusive: Hilary Mantel on How She Wrote Bring Up the Bodies Origins of the Book Bring Up the Bodies is the second part of my trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII. I have been interested in Cromwell for years, and wanted to get beyond the negative …

24193. Ancillary Justice

Ann Leckie

The sequel to Ancillary Justice, the only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, and the second book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling series. Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, …

24194. Rebuilding Coventry

Sue Townsend

Rebuilding Coventry is a 1988 novel written by Sue Townsend about a woman from Middle England who is accused of murdering her neighbour and goes on the run to London, and captures the zeitgeist of England in the 1980s. The protagonist is a self-described beautiful woman with the …

24196. The Prince of Homburg

Paul-André Robert

Prince Friedrich of Homburg is the indisputable dramatic masterpiece of Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811), a leading figure, along with Goethe and Schiller, among early German Romantics. Available until now only in verse translation, it has been newly rendered for the American …

24198. Professor Dowell's head (Macmillan's Best of Soviet …

Alexander Belyaev

When she takes the job and steps through the door of Professor Kern's laboratory, Marie enters a nightmare world she realizes she cannot escape. Instead of a promising medical career, she ends up in the middle of a fight for her life and sanity, where she can trust no one and …

24199. The train was on time

Heinrich Böll

The Train Was on Time is the first published novel by German author Heinrich Böll. It dates from 1949. The book centres on the story of a German soldier, Andreas, taking a train from Paris to Przemyśl. The story focuses on the experience of German soldiers during the Second …



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