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.

24802. Sa Femme or the Other Woman

Emmanuèle Bernheim

Set in Paris, this novel explores the intricate psychology of adulterous relationships. Claire, a doctor, meets a married man and before long they become lovers. Together only for snatched moments, Claire fills the days apart with imaginings of his life with "sa femme" - the …

24804. La Folle De Chaillot

Jean Giraudoux

THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, has remained remarkably up-to-date. When it was first revived, the actor Georges Wilson wrote, "It is a prophetic play in the sense that the dangers denounced more than twenty years ago have …

24806. Nude Men

Amanda Filipacchi

Nude Men is the 1993 debut novel by American writer Amanda Filipacchi. At age twenty-two, she wrote it as her thesis for Columbia University's graduate creative writing program. It was published by Viking in hardback and by Penguin in paperback, and was translated into 13 …

24807. El Diablo En LA Cabeza

Bernard-Henri Lévy

PREMIO MEDICIS 1984. 155 PAGINAS. Cinco visiones del mundo le son propuestas al lector para aproximarle a Benjamín C. el protagonista. Es la historia de una vida que encierra todas las vidas en un largo discurso itinerante para una generación que perdió sus ilusiones asediada …

24808. Marguerite Duras: A Life

Laure Adler

Laure Adler contacted Marguerite Duras in the 1970s, after finding consolation from one of her novels after the death of her child, and they became friends. Years later, she became Duras' official biographer, and they embarked on two years of tape-recorded conversations. The …

24821. The Age of Conversation

Benedetta Craveri

The Age of Conversation is a book by Benedetta Craveri.

24823. A House and Its Head

Ivy Compton-Burnett

A House and Its Head is a 1935 novel by Ivy Compton-Burnett. The main theme of the book is the family unit, and through this gender struggles are portrayed. Duncan Edgeworth's relationship with his wife Ellen can be seen as problematic from very early on, and it is even assumed …

24836. A Season in the Life of Emmanuel

Marie-Claire Blais

A Season in the Life of Emmanuel is a French Canadian novel by Marie-Claire Blais, published in 1965. The novel centres on a large rural farm family in Quebec headed by domineering matriarch Antoinette, and depicts their lives around the time of the birth of Emmanuel, the …

24843. Vercoquin and the Plankton

Boris Vian

Vercoquin and the Plankton is a 1946 novel by the French writer Boris Vian, published by Éditions Gallimard.

24858. The Last Opium Den

Nick Tosches

The Last Opium Den is an investigative journalism/travel book by Nick Tosches. It was originally an article in Vanity Fair, where Tosches is a contributing editor. Tosches travels the world seeking the titular establishment. He also spends time discussing the heroin/opium trade, …

24872. Can't Pay? Won't Pay!

Dario Fo

Can't Pay? Won't Pay! is play originally written in Italian by Dario Fo. Regarded as Fo's best-known play internationally after Morte accidentale di un anarchico, it had been performed in 35 countries by 1990. Considered a Marxist, political farce, it is one of Fo's most famous …

24889. Mauprat

George Sand

Mauprat is a novel by the French novelist George Sand about love and education. It was published in serial form in April and May 1837. Like many of Sand's novels, Mauprat borrows from various fictional genres- the Gothic novel, chivalric romance, the Bildungsroman, detective …

24890. Alien Harvest

Robert Sheckley

Alien Harvest is a book published in 1995 that was written by Robert Sheckley,.

24898. Bodyguard of Lies

Anthony Cave Brown

On June 6, 1944-D-Day-six thousand Allied ships, the largest fleet in history, arrived off the French coast to begin the liberation of Europe. To their enormous relief, the Allies had obtained complete tactical surprise; the Nazi eagle slept. D-Day, which could have been one of …

24901. Ride the Tiger

Julius Evola

Ride the Tiger: A Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul is a 1961 book by Italian Traditionalist philosopher Julius Evola. The first English translation was published by Inner Traditions in 2003. In Ride the Tiger, Evola argues that the modern world has become totally …

24903. Women of the Celts

Jean Markale

Historian Markale takes us deep into a mythical world where both man and woman become whole by realizing the feminine principle in its entirety. The author explores the rich heritage of Celtic women in history, myth, and ritual, showing how these traditions compare to modern …

24904. Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

Emily Gravett

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Emily Gravett, published by Macmillan in 2007. It won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the professional librarians as the year's best-illustrated children's book published in the U.K. It …

24907. Psychomech

Brian Lumley

Psychomech is a horror novel written by Brian Lumley and published by Panther Books in 1984. This book is approximately 334 pages in length and focuses on the events in the life of Richard Garrison, a corporal in the British Royal Military Police, after meeting Thomas Schroeder, …

24908. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

Arthur Ransome

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship is a book illustrated by Uri Shulevitz that retells a Russian fairy tale of the same name. The text is taken from Arthur Ransome's version of the story in the 1916 book Old Peter's Russian Tales; Ransome had collected the folktale when …

24910. The Dog Said Bow-Wow

Michael Swanwick

"The Dog Said Bow-Wow" is a science fiction short story by American writer Michael Swanwick, published in 2001. It won the 2002 Hugo Award for Best Short Story and was nominated for the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Short Story. The Dog Said Bow-Wow is the title story of his 2007 …

24914. Witch Wood

John Buchan

Witch Wood is a 1927 novel written by the Scots author and politician John Buchan. It is set in the 17th century, at the time of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. The protagonist, David Semphill, is a newly-ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, who has recently arrived in …

24917. The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved

Sandor Ellix Katz

The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements is a 2003 book by food activist Sandor Katz that examines how contemporary food production differs drastically from our recent past. The author challenges the corporate food industry as well as …

24918. The Survivors of the Chancellor

Jules Verne

The Survivors of the Chancellor: Diary of J. R. Kazallon, Passenger is an 1875 novel written by Jules Verne about the final voyage of a British sailing ship, the Chancellor, told from the perspective of one of its passengers.

24919. The Fur Country

Jules Verne

The Fur Country is an adventure novel by Jules Verne in The Extraordinary Voyages series, first published in 1873. The novel was serialized in Magasin d’Éducation et de Récréation from September 1872 to December 1873. The two-volume first original French edition and the first …

24923. Tarzan's Quest

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan's Quest is a 1935/1936 story written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the nineteenth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. Originally serialized in six parts, as “Tarzan and the Immortal Men”, in The Blue Book Magazine, from October 1935 to March 1936; the …

24925. No Passion Spent

George Steiner

George Steiner is one of the preeminent essayists and literary thinkers of our era. In this remarkable book he concerns himself with language and the relation of language to literature and to religion. Written during a period when the art of reading and the status of a text have …

24937. Colonialism and Neocolonialism

Jean-Paul Sartre

Colonialism and Neocolonialism by Jean-Paul Sartre is controversial and influential critique of French policies in Algeria. It argues for French disengagement from its former Overseas Empire and controversially defending the rights of violent resistance by groups such as the …

24938. Life's Lottery

Kim Newman

Life's Lottery is a speculative fiction novel by Kim Newman, published in 1999. Loosely connected to Newman's The Quorum, Life's Lottery is written in second-person and invites the reader to assume the role of the protagonist, an Englishman named Keith Marion, and make decisions …

24946. Cold in the Earth

Ann Granger

Cold in the Earth is Ann Granger's third Mitchell and Markby Mystery. Set in rural England, it is about three seemingly unconnected deaths which occur in quick succession in the fictitious town of Bamford in the Cotswolds. Chief Inspector Alan Markby and his team are …

24948. The Blue Star

Fletcher Pratt

The Blue Star is a fantasy novel written by Fletcher Pratt, the second of his two major fantasies. It was first published by Twayne Publishers in 1952 in the fantasy anthology Witches Three, a volume that also included Fritz Leiber's Conjure Wife and James Blish's "There Shall …

24950. In Other Worlds

A. A. Attanasio

In Other Worlds is a 1985 novel by A. A. Attanasio, the second in his Radix Tetrad. It contains humans, zōtl, Rimstalkers, other spatial dimensions, and time-travel/temporal distortion as do other novels in the Radix series, though they are re-envisioned. The book has been …

24959. At Freddie's

Penelope Fitzgerald

At Freddie's is a novel by British author Penelope Fitzgerald. It concerns the run-down, barely viable Temple Stage School, an acting school for children, known as "Freddie's", after its headmistress Frieda "Freddie" Wentworth. The children regularly perform as fairies in A …

24962. History of Shit

Dominique Laporte

History of Shit is a 1978 book by French psychoanalyst Dominique Laporte. It uses an idiosyncratic method of historical genealogy derived from, among others, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, and Michel Foucault, to show how the development of sanitation …

24963. The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

Mini Grey

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Mini Grey, published by Jonathan Cape in 2006. It won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the professional librarians, recognising the year's best-illustrated children's book …

24964. Heavenly Breakfast

Samuel R. Delany

Heavenly Breakfast is a 1979 autobigraphical novel by author, professor, and critic Samuel R. Delany. It details a few years of his life he spent living in a commune in New York City during the winter of 1968. Heavenly Breakfast was also the name of the folk band that lived in …

24968. Bohemian Paris: Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, and …

Dan Franck

A legendary capital of the arts, Paris hosted some of the most legendary developments in world culture -- particularly at the beginning of the twentieth century, with the flowering of fauvism, cubism, dadaism, and surrealism. InBohemian Paris,Dan Franck leads us on a vivid and …

24972. The Flying Inn

G. K. Chesterton

The Flying Inn is a novel first published in 1914 by G. K. Chesterton. It is set in a future England where the Temperance movement has allowed a bizarre form of "Progressive" Islam to dominate the political and social life of the country. Because of this, alcohol sales to the …

24975. Proud Helios

Melissa Scott

Proud Helios is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel written by Melissa Scott.

24977. Mars Crossing

Geoffrey A. Landis

Mars Crossing is a science fiction novel by Geoffrey A. Landis about an expedition to Mars, published by Tor Books in 2000. The novel was a nominee for the Nebula award, and won the Locus Award for best first novel in 2001. The characters in the novel are members of the third …

24983. The Boo

Pat Conroy

The Boo was the first book by writer Pat Conroy. Written when Conroy was newly graduated from The Citadel in 1970, it is a collection of letters, short stories, and anecdotes about Lt. Colonel Thomas "The Boo" Courvoisie. As Commandant of Cadets at the Citadel, Courvoisie was a …

24987. Gears of War: Aspho Fields

Karen Traviss

Gears of War: Aspho Fields is a 2008 science fiction novel by Karen Traviss, set in the Gears of War universe. The novel is the first in a series of five and is considered canon material. Aspho Fields mainly focuses on the history of the characters and the battle at Aspho …

24999. The social contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Of the Social Contract, or Principles of Political Right by Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a book in which Rousseau theorized about the best way to establish a political community in the face of the problems of commercial society, which he had already identified in his Discourse on …

25000. Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his …



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