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.

24402. Early Writings

Karl Marx

Written in 1833-4, when Marx was barely twenty-five, this astonishingly rich body of works formed the cornerstone for his later political philosophy. In the Critique of Hegel's Doctrine of the State, he dissects Hegel's thought and develops his own views on civil society, while …

24403. 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 …

24404. The Captain of Köpenick

Carl Zuckmayer

Released after fifteen years in prison, trapped in a bureaucratic maze, petty criminal Wilhelm Voight wanders 1910 Berlin in desperate, hazardous pursuit of identity papers. Luck changes when he picks up an abandoned military uniform in a fancy-dress shop and finds the city …

24405. 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 …

24406. 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 …

24407. The eighth day of creation

Horace Freeland Judson

In this classic book, the distinguished science writer Horace Freeland Judson tells the story of the birth and early development of molecular biology in the US, the UK, and France. The fascinating story of the golden period from the revelation of the double helix of DNA to the …

24408. Conrad the Factory-Made Boy

Christine Nöstlinger

Konrad, a perfectly factory-made seven-year-old, is delivered by mistake to scatter-brained, non-conformist Mrs. Bartolotti, and the two devise a crazy plan to prevent his being reclaimed.

24409. 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 …

24410. 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 …

24412. 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. …

24413. 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.

24414. Social origins of dictatorship and democracy

Barrington Moore, Jr.

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

24415. The Titan

Theodore Dreiser

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

24416. In the Heat of the Night

John Ball

In the Heat of the Night is a 1965 novel by John Ball set in the community of Wells, South Carolina. The main character is a black police detective named Virgil Tibbs passing through the small town during a time of bigotry and the civil rights movement. The novel is the basis of …

24417. 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.

24424. 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.

24429. 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.

24431. America's Great Depression

Murray Rothbard

America's Great Depression is a 1963 treatise on the 1930s Great Depression and its root causes, written by Austrian School economist and author Murray Rothbard. The fifth edition was released in 2000.

24434. 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 …

24437. 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 …

24438. John Paul Jones

Samuel Eliot Morison

John Paul Jones is a book written by Samuel Eliot Morison.

24440. 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.

24441. Kittyhawk Down

Garry Disher

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

24442. 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 …

24444. 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 …

24449. Dreams of Speaking

Gail Jones

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

24451. 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.

24455. 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 …

24456. 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.

24459. Star Light

Hal Clement

Star Light is a science fiction novel by Hal Clement. It is the sequel to one of Clement's earlier books, Mission of Gravity. The novel was serialized in four parts in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Magazine from June to September 1970. Star Light was first published as a …

24460. 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 …

24461. The Amber Enchantress

Troy Denning

The Amber Enchantress is a book published in 1992 that was written by Troy Denning.

24462. The Bull and the Spear

Michael Moorcock

The Bull and the Spear is a book published in 1973 that was written by Michael Moorcock.

24463. Juniper Time

Kate Wilhelm

Juniper Time is a novel written by Kate Wilhelm.

24465. 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 …

24467. 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 …

24468. Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Donald Goldsmith

“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 …

24470. The "Hitler Myth"

Ian Kershaw

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

24476. A love of my own

E. Lynn Harris

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

24477. 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 …

24482. 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 …

24484. 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 …

24485. 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 …

24490. Deep Domain

Howard Weinstein

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

24491. 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 …

24494. 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 …

24498. 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 …

24499. Red Nails

Robert E. Howard

Red Nails is a 1977 collection of three fantasy short stories and one essay written by Robert E. Howard featuring his seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. The collection was edited by Karl Edward Wagner. It was first published in hardcover by Berkley/Putnam in …

24501. Steel Gauntlet

David Sherman

Steel Gauntlet is the third novel of the military science fiction StarFist Saga, written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg. In Steel Gauntlet, St. Cyr, a maniacal sadist who has reinvented the doctrine of armored warfare has taken control of the planet Diamunde, and 34th FIST is …

24503. Space Opera

Jack Vance

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

24505. 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 …

24506. 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. …

24509. 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.

24513. 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

24515. 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.

24516. The Malcontenta

Barry Maitland

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

24520. 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 …

24526. Rapture

David Sosnowski

Rapture is a 1996 novel by David Sosnowski. The overarching story of this book deals with the effects on society when normal people begin sprouting angelic wings. The story follows two main characters; Alexander 'Zander' Wiles is a petty crook suffering from acute agoraphobia, …

24528. 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 …

24530. 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 …

24531. The Plot to Save Socrates

Paul Levinson

The Plot to Save Socrates is a time travel novel by Paul Levinson, first published in 2006. Starting in the near future, the novel also has scenes set in the ancient world and Victorian New York.

24534. Peppe the Lamplighter

Elisa Bartone

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

24536. Send me down a miracle

Han Nolan

Things used to be normal in Casper, Alabama. Charity Pittman was a regular fourteen-year-old, the perfect daughter, following in her preacher father's footsteps. But then Adrienne arrived, with her big-city ways and artsy ideas. Reverend Pittman thinks she's the devil incarnate. …

24539. Man Without a Face: The Autobiography of Communism's …

Markus Wolf

The Man Without a Face: The Autobiography of Communism's Greatest Spymaster is a book by Markus Wolf and Anne McElvoy.

24548. Necroscope: Avengers

Brian Lumley

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

24549. Assemblers of Infinity

Kevin J. Anderson

Assemblers of Infinity is a science-fiction novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason. It first appeared in print in serialized form in the American magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact from September to December 1992 and was published in 1993 by Bantam Spectra. In 1994 it …

24550. 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 …

24554. 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.

24555. Dragonflight

Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It is the first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series. Dragonflight was first published by Ballantine Books in July 1968. It is a fix-up of novellas, including two which made McCaffrey the …

24560. 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.

24566. 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 …

24567. 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, …

24570. The Identity Matrix

Jack L. Chalker

The Identity Matrix is a 1982 science fiction novel written by Jack L. Chalker and published by Timescape Books. The work focuses on the body swap and enemy mine plot devices, as well as a background conflict between two powerful alien races.

24574. 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, …

24577. 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 …

24578. Second Wave

Anne McCaffrey

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

24582. 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 …

24583. Greener Grass: The Famine Years

Caroline Pignat

Greener Grass, published in 2009, is the second novel of Canadian author Caroline Pignat. The story revolves around a 14-year-old girl, Kit Byrne, living during the Great Famine of 1847 in Ireland. The Byrne family faces imminent eviction when their landlord, Lord Fraser, wants …

24585. The Empty Chair

Diane Duane

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

24591. 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 …

24592. Aztec

Gary Jennings

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

24599. 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.

24600. Shadow of Night

Deborah Harkness

"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of WitchesDeborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an …



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