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.

24801. Tierra del Fuego

Francisco Coloane

âFrancisco Coloane is the Jack London of our times.â âAlvaro MutisThese spellbinding stories of adventure and discovery are populated with explorers, fortune hunters, revolutionaries, seafarers, shipâs captains, and smugglers. But the undeniable protagonist in all nine stories …

24803. 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 …

24805. 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 …

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 …

24814. Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes

Beatrix Potter

Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, and published by Frederick Warne & Co. in December 1922. The book is a compilation of traditional nursery rhymes such as "Goosey Goosey Gander", "This Little Piggy" and "Three …

24822. 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 …

24823. The White Peacock

D. H. Lawrence

The White Peacock is a novel by D. H. Lawrence published in 1911. Lawrence started the novel in 1906 and then rewrote it three times. The early versions had the working title of Laetitia. Maurice Greiffenhagen's 1891 painting, 'An Idyll', inspired the novel. The painting had "a …

24831. Rulers of the Darkness

Harry Turtledove

Rulers of the Darkness by Harry Turtledove is the fourth book in the Darkness series.

24835. 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 …

24842. Vercoquin and the Plankton

Boris Vian

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

24845. The Lightning of August

Jorge Ibargüengoitia

Los relámpagos de agosto was the first novel written by Mexican author Jorge Ibargüengoitia. Published for the first time in 1964, it parodies the memories written by veterans of the 1910 Mexican Revolution and the armed revolts that continued to destabilize the country for the …

24856. East and West: China, Power, and the Future of Asia

Christopher Patten

East and West is a 1998 book by the British politician Christopher Patten about his experiences as the last governor of Hong Kong. In this book, he attempts to provide insights into the last years of British colonial rule in Hong Kong, and defends his decision of introducing the …

24858. Port of Saints

William S. Burroughs

Port of Saints is a novel by Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs. First published in 1973, it was the last major work Burroughs wrote during his self-imposed exile in Europe during the late 1960s and early 1970s. One of Burroughs' shorter novels, the book utilizes …

24871. How to Read Donald Duck

Ariel Dorfman

How to Read Donald Duck is an early work critiquing popular cultural forms that has been labelled by some as communist propaganda written by Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart. It discusses the impact of comic books featuring the Walt Disney Duck cartoon characters. The book was …

24883. 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 …

24888. Book of Longing

Leonard Cohen

Book of Longing is the first new poetry book by Leonard Cohen since 1984's Book of Mercy. First published in 2006 by McClelland and Stewart, Book of Longing contains 167 previously unpublished poems and drawings, mostly written at a Zen monastery on Mount Baldy in California, …

24889. Daughter of Earth

Agnes Smedley

Daughter of Earth is an autobiographical novel by the American author and journalist Agnes Smedley. The novel chronicles the years of Marie Rogers’s tumultuous childhood, struggles in relationships with men, time working with the Socialist Party, and involvement in the Indian …

24894. The House on the Borderland and Other Novels

William Hope Hodgson

The House on the Borderland and Other Novels is a collection of short novels by author William Hope Hodgson. It was published by Arkham House in 1946 in an edition of 3,014 copies. The collection was reprinted by Gollancz in 2002, with a new introduction by China Miéville, as …

24895. The Oak and the Ram

Michael Moorcock

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

24898. 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 …

24902. 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 …

24905. Atlantis: Three Tales

Samuel R. Delany

Atlantis: Three Tales is a 1995 collection of three stories by Samuel R. Delany. The stories are "Atlantis: Model 1924", "Eric, Gwen, and D.H. Lawrence's Esthetic of Unrectified Feeling", and "Citre et Trans". The first edition, published by the Seattle small press Incunabula, …

24906. 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 …

24911. 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.

24912. 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 …

24916. Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Charles Sheffield

“Truly a love story of the ages.”—The Orlando Sentinel “Will keep you on the edge of your seat.”—David Brin “One of the most imaginative, exciting talents to appear on the SF scene.”—Publishers Weekly “Ambitious, elegiac, and ultimately satisfying.”—San Francisco Chronicle Ana …

24918. Pieces of Modesty

Peter O'Donnell

Pieces of Modesty is a short story collection by Peter O'Donnell featuring his action heroine, Modesty Blaise, first published in 1972. It was O'Donnell's first such collection of stories. The stories featured in this collection are: "A Better Day to Die" "The Giggle-Wrecker" "I …

24919. Pafko at the Wall

Don DeLillo

"Pafko at the Wall", subtitled "The Shot Heard Round the World", was originally published as a folio in the October 1992 issue of Harper's Magazine. It was later incorporated as the prologue in Don DeLillo's magnum opus novel, Underworld, with minor changes from the original …

24921. 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 …

24929. Colossus

Dennis Feltham Jones

Colossus is a science fiction novel by British author Dennis Feltham Jones, about super-computers assuming control of man. Two sequels, The Fall of Colossus and Colossus and the Crab continued the story. Colossus was adapted cinematically as Colossus: The Forbin Project.

24933. 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 …

24937. The Child Buyer

John Hersey

The Child Buyer is John Hersey's 1960 novel about a project to engineer super-intelligent persons for a project whose aim is never definitely stated. Told entirely in the form of minutes from a State Senate Standing Committee, it relates the story of the appearance and efforts …

24942. 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 …

24944. 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 …

24946. A Fairy Tale of New York

J. P. Donleavy

A Fairy Tale of New York is a novel by Irish American writer J. P. Donleavy, published in 1973. The plot concerns Irish-American Cornelius Christian's return to New York after studying in Ireland. The novel was based on Donleavy's earlier work Fairy Tales of New York, a …

24947. 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 …

24953. 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 …

24960. 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 …

24963. The Sun, the Genome and the Internet: Tools of …

Freeman Dyson

The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet is a non-fiction scientific book by renowned physicist Freeman J. Dyson, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University in the U.S.A. This short book was originally published in 1999 by the Oxford …

24965. Avoidance

Michael Lowenthal

Avoidance is a 2002 novel by Michael Lowenthal. It was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2003. Avoidance explores the topics of child sexual abuse, hebephilia and pederasty. It is also about social conventions and mores, and ways in which they depend on environment and …

24980. Hugo Pepper

Paul Stewart

Hugo Pepper is a children's book written by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Chris Riddell, published in 2006. It won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Silver Award and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

24992. Wildwood

Colin Meloy

Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 is a 2011 children's fantasy novel by The Decemberists' singer-songwriter Colin Meloy, illustrated by his wife Carson Ellis. The 541 page novel, inspired by classic fantasy novels and folk tales, is the story of two seventh-graders who …

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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