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.

24202. King Wren

Heinrich Mann

One of the greatest modern historical novels reissued on the Overlook Duckworth imprint; Young Henry of Navarre traces the life of Henry IV from the King's idyllic childhood in the mountain villages of the Pyrennes to his ascendance to the throne of France. Heinrich Mann's most …

24203. Anniversaries: From the Life of Gesine Cresspahl

Uwe Johnson

A translation of the first two volumes of Uwe Johnson's Jahrestage.

24204. De goden wáren astronauten het ware verhaal van de …

Erich von Däniken

Why do nearly all the world's major religions share such similar myths and legends? Erich Von Däniken, author of the runaway international bestseller Chariots of the Gods, believes he knows--and the answer is as wondrous and awe-inspiring as it is controversial: the winged …

24205. The Enlightenment, Vol. I: An Interpretation the …

Peter Gay

The eighteenth-century Enlightenment marks the beginning of the modern age, when the scientific method and belief in reason and progress came to hold sway over the Western world. In the twentieth century, however, the Enlightenment has often been judged harshly for its …

24206. The Haw Lantern

Seamus Heaney

The Haw Lantern is a collection of poems written by Irish poet Seamus Heaney, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Several of the poems—including the sonnet cycle "Clearances"—explore themes of mortality and loss inspired by the death of his mother, Margaret …

24208. Silence

Jan Costin Wagner

A prize-winning psychological crime thriller featuring melancholy Finnish detective Kimmo Joentaa.A young girl disappears while cycling to volleyball practice. Her bike is found in exactly the same place that another girl was murdered, thirty-three years before. The original …

24209. The weight of the world

Peter Handke

A combination of professional notebook and personal diary that records -- both in short, informal jottings and through more formal, extended meditations -- the details of Handke's daily life in Paris from November 1975 through March 1977. Along with references to such mentors as …

24210. 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 …

24212. Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of …

John Curran [director]

Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making is an Edgar Award nominated book.

24214. The Titan

Theodore Dreiser

The Titan is a novel written by Theodore Dreiser in 1914. It is Dreiser's sequel to The Financier.

24216. Roderick Hudson

Henry James

Roderick Hudson is a novel by Henry James. Originally published in 1875 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, it is a bildungsroman that traces the development of the title character, a sculptor.

24224. Prisons We Choose to Live Inside

Doris Lessing

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside is a collection of five essays by the British writer Doris Lessing, which were previously delivered as the 1985 Massey Lectures.

24229. 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.

24232. 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 …

24234. The Children of Sanchez

Oscar Lewis

The Children of Sanchez is a 1961 book by American anthropologist Oscar Lewis about a Mexican family living in the Mexico City slum of Tepito, which he studied as part of his program to develop his concept of culture of poverty. Due to criticisms expressed by members of the …

24237. 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.

24238. Kittyhawk Down

Garry Disher

Kittyhawk Down is a crime novel by Garry Disher published in 2003.

24239. The Coming Race

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The Coming Race is an 1871 novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, reprinted as Vril, the Power of the Coming Race. Among its readers have been those who have believed that its account of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called "Vril" is accurate, to the extent …

24241. The New Industrial State

John Kenneth Galbraith

The New Industrial State is a 1967 book by John Kenneth Galbraith. In it, Galbraith asserts that within the industrial sectors of modern capitalist societies, the traditional mechanism of supply and demand is supplanted by the planning of large corporations, using techniques …

24246. Dreams of Speaking

Gail Jones

Dreams of Speaking is a 2006 novel by Australian author Gail Jones.

24249. 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.

24251. Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That …

Ruy Castro

Bossa nova is one of the most popular musical genres in the world. Songs such as The Girl from Ipanema (the fifth most frequently played song in the world), The Waters of March, and Desafinado are known around the world. Bossa Novaa number-one bestseller when originally …

24252. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 5

Garry Kasparov

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

24253. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 2

Garry Kasparov

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

24254. 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 …

24258. The Turn of the Screw

Henry James

The Turn of the Screw, originally published in 1898, is a gothic ghost story novella written by Henry James. Due to its original content, the novella became a favourite text of academics who subscribe to New Criticism. The novella has had differing interpretations, often …

24259. Conversations About the End of Time

Umberto Eco

Conversations About the End of Time is a book by Stephen Jay Gould, Umberto Eco, Jean-Claude Carrière and Jean Delumeau.

24266. 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 …

24269. Juniper Time

Kate Wilhelm

Juniper Time is a novel written by Kate Wilhelm.

24270. 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 …

24273. The Angel of the West Window (Studies in Austrian …

Gustav Meyrink

A complex and ambitious novel which centres on the life of the Elizabethan magus John Dee, in England, Poland and Prague, as it intertwines past and present, dreams and visions, myth and reality in a world of the occult, culminating in the transmutation of physical reality into …

24276. 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 …

24278. 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 …

24279. Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Who can ask for better cosmic tour guides to the universe than Drs. Tyson and Goldsmith?” —Michio Kaku, author of Hyperspace and Parallel Worlds Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs and the …

24281. The "Hitler Myth"

Ian Kershaw

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

24284. A love of my own

E. Lynn Harris

A love of my own is a 2002 novel written by E. Lynn Harris.

24286. The Holder of the World

Bharati Mukherjee

The Holder of the World, is a novel by Bharati Mukherjee. It is a retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, placing the story in two centuries. The novel involves time travel via virtual reality, locating itself in 20th century Boston, 17th century …

24292. Seventeen

Booth Tarkington

Seventeen: A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family Especially William is a humorous novel by Booth Tarkington that gently satirizes first love, in the person of a callow 17-year-old, William Sylvanus Baxter. Seventeen takes place in a small city in the Midwestern …

24293. Moloch: or, This Gentile World

Henry Miller

Moloch: or, This Gentile World is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Henry Miller in 1927-28, initially under the guise of a novel written by his wife, June. The book went unpublished until 1992, 65 years after it was written and 12 years after Miller’s death. It is widely …

24296. Deep Domain

Howard Weinstein

Deep Domain is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Howard Weinstein.

24297. 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 …

24301. 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 …

24304. 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 …

24308. Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British …

24312. Space Opera

Jack Vance

Space Opera is a novel by the American science fiction author Jack Vance, first published in 1965.

24313. The King of the Golden River

John Ruskin

The King of the Golden River or The Black Brothers: A Legend of Stiria by John Ruskin was originally written in 1841 for the twelve-year-old Effie Gray, whom Ruskin later married. It was published in book form in 1851, and became an early Victorian classic which sold out three …

24314. Big Deal: A Year as a Professional Poker Player

Anthony Holden

Big Deal: A Year as a Professional Poker Player is a book by Anthony Holden. The book details a year Holden spent playing poker around the world, attempting to make a living, or at least a profit, from the endeavor. The book details many things about the gamesmanship of poker. …

24318. Extra(ordinary) People

Joanna Russ

Extra(ordinary) People is a 1984 collection of feminist science fiction stories by Joanna Russ. The novella "Souls" won the 1983 Hugo Award for the best novella.

24320. The House by The Thames

Gillian Tindall

The House by The Thames: and the people who lived there is a 2006 book by British writer Gillian Tindall. A second edition was released in 2007 by Pimlico

24321. Death to the French

C. S. Forester

Death to the French is a 1932 novel of the Peninsular War during the Napoleonic Wars, written by C. S. Forester, the author of the Horatio Hornblower novels. It was also published in the United States under the title Rifleman Dodd.

24322. The Malcontenta

Barry Maitland

The Malcontenta is a 1995 Ned Kelly Award winning novel by the Australian author Barry Maitland.

24326. 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 …

24327. In Search of a Distant Voice

Taichi Yamada

In Search of a Distant Voice is a novel by Japanese writer Taichi Yamada. It was first published in Japan in 1986, and was translated for English-language publication in 2006 by Michael Emmerich. The novel seems to be an elaboration on the dangers of emotional repression in …

24336. Shiloh and Other Stories

Bobbie Ann Mason

Shiloh and Other Stories is a 1982 collection of short stories written by American author Bobbie Ann Mason. The collection won the Ernest Hemingway Foundation award for fiction. The collection brought Mason her first critical acclaim. The short story alluded to in the …

24338. Seven Years

Peter Stamm

Alexander is torn between two very different women. Sonia, his wife and business partner, is everything a man could want: intelligent, gorgeous, charming, and ambitious. But when the seven-year itch sets in, Alexander soon finds himself rekindling an affair with his college …

24341. Peppe the Lamplighter

Elisa Bartone

Peppe the Lamplighter is a book written by Elisa Bartone and illustrated by Ted lewin.

24351. Letters from Italy (Classic, 60s)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe's account of his passage through Italy from 1786 to 1788 is a great travel chronicle as well as a candid self-portrait of a genius in the grip of spiritual crisis.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the …

24352. Necroscope: Avengers

Brian Lumley

Necroscope: Avengers is a book published in 2000 that was written by Brian Lumley.

24353. The Ballad of Beta-2

Samuel R. Delany

The Ballad of Beta-2 is a 1965 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany The book was originally published as Ace Double M-121, together with Alpha Yes, Terra No! by Emil Petaja. The first stand alone edition was published in 1971. In 1977 a corrected edition came out, in a …

24360. Bloodbrothers

Richard Price

Bloodbrothers is a novel by Richard Price, first published in 1976. It recounts the story of an eighteen-year-old boy growing up in a working-class environment. It was adapted into a film of the same title two years later.

24370. The twelve little cakes

Dominika Dery

The Twelve Little Cakes is a memoir by Czech author Dominika Dery. It tells stories from Dery's life that take place from before her conception up until her late childhood, as well as detailing life in an Eastern bloc country. The story includes holidays to Semily in northern …

24371. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Petunia Evans married a biochemist, and Harry Potter grew up in a house filled to the brim with books, reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, introducing strange new opportunities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Draco Malfoy, …

24374. 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, …

24377. Second Wave

Anne McCaffrey

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

24380. The Empty Chair

Diane Duane

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

24389. 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 …

24390. Aztec

Gary Jennings

Aztec is a 1980 historical fiction novel by Gary Jennings. It is the first of five novels in the Aztec series.

24391. 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 …

24400. The Serpent's Shadow

Rick Riordan

The Serpent's Shadow is a 2013 fantasy adventure novel based on Egyptian mythology written by Rick Riordan. It is the third and final novel in The Kane Chronicles series. It was published by Disney Hyperion on May 1, 2012.



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