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.

26001. Mandela: The Authorised Biography

Anthony Sampson

British journalist Anthony Sampson first met Nelson Mandela in 1951, when Sampson was editing a black magazine in Johannesburg, and his biography of the leader benefits greatly from his long familiarity with South Africa and his access to the 81-year-old statesman's unpublished …

26004. Studies in Classic American Literature

D. H. Lawrence

Lawrence asserted that 'the proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it'. In these highly individual, penetrating essays he has exposed 'the American whole soul' within some of that continent's major works of literature. In seeking to establish …

26005. The Past Through Tomorrow

Robert A. Heinlein

The Past Through Tomorrow is a collection of Robert A. Heinlein's Future History stories. Most of the stories are part of a larger storyline of a rapidly collapsing American sanity, followed by a theocratic dictatorship. A revolution overthrows the theocracy and establishes a …

26006. Adios Muchachos

Daniel Chavarría

Alicia is a smart, confident and gorgeous prostitute in Havana. She is not a street-walker. Rather, she displays her wares on bicycle, seducing men through the irresistible pull of her fine derrière. John King, her new client, is a Canadian businessman with a striking …

26007. Mosses from an Old Manse

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Mosses from an Old Manse is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s second story collection, first published in 1846 in two volumes and featuring sketches and tales written over a span of more than twenty years, including such classics as “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Birthmark,” and “Rappaccini’s …

26008. Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun

Velma Wallis

With the publication of Two Old Women, Velma Wallis firmly established herself as one of the most important voices in Native American writing. A national bestseller, her empowering fable won the Western State Book Award in 1993 and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association …

26010. X-Isle

Steve Augarde

X Isle is a young adult novel by Steve Augarde first published in 2009. It is set in the future, after floods have destroyed civilization. The novel follows the experiences of a boy named Baz on his arrival at "X Isle" from the equally miserable "mainland". The book has been …

26011. The Benson Murder Case

S. S. Van Dine

The Benson Murder Case is the first novel in the Philo Vance series of mystery novels by S.S. Van Dine, which became a best-seller.

26013. War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know

Scott Ritter

War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know is short book, written in 2002, by William Rivers Pitt and featuring an extensive interview with former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter. In it Pitt and Ritter examine the Bush administration's justifications for …

26016. Men of Maize

Miguel Ángel Asturias

Men of Maize is a 1949 novel by Guatemalan Nobel Prize in Literature winner Miguel Ángel Asturias. The novel is usually considered to be Asturias's masterpiece, yet remains one of the least understood novels produced by Asturias. The title Hombres de maíz refers to the Maya …

26017. The Color of Summer

Reinaldo Arenas

The Color of Summer is a book that was written by Reinaldo Arenas.

26018. The Public Image

Muriel Spark

The Public Image is a novel published in 1968 by Scottish author Muriel Spark and shortlisted for the Booker Prize the following year. It is set in Rome and concerns Annabel Christopher, an up-and-coming film actress. Annabel carefully cultivates her image to keep her career on …

26023. A Closed Book

Gilbert Adair

A Closed Book is a short novel by Gilbert Adair, published in 2000. The book starts with a slightly awkward meeting between a crotchety blind author and a sighted interviewee he seeks to employ as his assistant. The narrative is presented almost entirely through dialogue between …

26027. Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession

Janet Malcolm

Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession is a book written by Janet Malcolm.

26031. La Tumba

José Agustín

La Tumba is a 1964 controversial novel written in Spanish by José Agustín. It is a short novel, originally written as a series of tales in a literary workshop. Some people rejected the novel because it freely touched topics like abortion and sex, but the writers' community …

26035. Who Killed Zebedee?

Wilkie Collins

Who Killed Zebedee? is a short detective story by Wilkie Collins, first published under the alternate title, "The Policeman & The Cook," in serial form in 1881. A young wife is convinced that, while sleepwalking, she has murdered her own husband, John Zebedee. Together, a …

26037. Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the …

Bruce Watson

Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind is a book by Bruce Watson.

26040. The Quiet Pools

Michael P. Kube-McDowell

The Quiet Pools is a novel written by Michael P. Kube-McDowell.

26041. Bill the Conqueror

P. G. Wodehouse

Bill the Conqueror is a novel by P.G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 13 November 1924 by Methuen & Co., London, and in the United States on 20 February 1925 by George H. Doran, New York, the story having previously been serialised in the Saturday Evening …

26042. Father Brown: The Essential Tales

G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown may seem a pleasantly doddering Roman Catholic priest, but appearances deceive. With keen observation and an unerring sense of man’s frailties–gained during his years listening to confessions–Father Brown succeeds in bringing even the most elusive …

26043. Wizard: the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla

Marc Seifer

The book Wizard, the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla is a biography of Nikola Tesla by Marc J. Seifer published in 1996.

26046. Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England, London and Kent between …

26049. The Island of Eternal Love

Daína Chaviano

The Island of Eternal Love is a novel by Cuban author Daína Chaviano. The plot is a family saga that takes place along two parallel lines: one during our time and another that begins in the 1850s. The modern story revolves around the paranormal investigations of Cecilia, a young …

26058. The Obsidian Oracle

Troy Denning

The Obsidian Oracle is a book published in 1993 that was written by Troy Denning.

26061. The Baritone Wore Chiffon

Mark Schweizer

The Baritone Wore Chiffon is the second book in Mark Schweizer's St. Germaine mystery series. In this book, Hayden koenig travels to York, England, where he investigates the death of a bearded woman.

26062. Cold Tom

Sally Prue

Cold Tom is a fantasy novel by Sally Prue, published on January 31, 2002 by Oxford University Press and aimed at teens and young adults. Cold Tom won the Branford Boase Award and the Smarties Prize Silver Award both in 2002.

26066. Terraplane

Jack Womack

Terraplane, published in 1988, is a Jack Womack science fiction novel. The Terraplane is a 1930s automobile, which plays a significant role in this novel. It is also a time machine from the corporate-dominated future of DryCo, a manipulative multinational corporation in "New" …

26067. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Edwin A. Abbott

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott. Writing pseudonymously as "A Square", the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian culture, but the …

26069. The Raven's Knot

Robin Jarvis

The Raven's Knot is the second book in the Tales from the Wyrd Museum series by Robin Jarvis. It was originally published in 1995.

26070. The Fatal Strand

Robin Jarvis

The Fatal Strand is the third and final novel in the Tales from the Wyrd Museum series by Robin Jarvis.

26071. Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents

Robert Irwin

For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies, published in the United States under the title Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents, is a 2006 non-fiction book by British historian Robert Irwin. The book is both a history of the academic discipline of …

26077. The Great God Pan

Arthur Machen

The Great God Pan is a novella written by Arthur Machen. A version of the story was published in the magazine The Whirlwind in 1890, and Machen revised and extended it for its book publication in 1894. On publication it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and …

26078. The Megalithic European

Julian Cope

The Megalithic European : The 21st Century Traveller in Prehistoric Europe is Julian Cope's second book on historic sites, this time looking at continental Europe and Ireland. Like its predecessor - The Modern Antiquarian - the book is split into a shorter, discursive …

26079. The Ghost at Skeleton Rock

Franklin W. Dixon

The Ghost at Skeleton Rock is Volume 37 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by James Duncan Lawrence in 1957. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were …

26080. Technics & Civilization

Lewis Mumford

Technics and Civilization is a 1934 book by American philosopher and historian of technology Lewis Mumford. The book presents the history of technology and its role in shaping and being shaped by civilizations. According to Mumford, modern technology has its roots in the Middle …

26081. Babel

Patti Smith

Babel is a book by Patti Smith, published in 1978, and contains Smith's poems along with her prose, lyrics, pictures and drawings.

26084. Slinky Malinki

Lynley Dodd

Slinky Malinki first published in 1991, is one of a well-known series of books by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd. It features the adventures of the stalking and lurking adventurous cat Slinky Malinki who is a common cat during the day but becomes a thief as night falls. The book …

26085. Ashanti to Zulu

Margaret Musgrove

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions is a 1976 children's book written by Margaret Musgrove and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. It was Musgrove's first book, but the Dillons were experienced artists and this book won them the second of their two consecutive Caldecott Medals. …

26086. Mr. Tucket

Gary Paulsen

Mr. Tucket is the first novel in The Tucket Adventures by Gary Paulsen. It is about 14-year-old Francis Tucket who strays from his family's wagon on the Oregon Trail and is captured by the Pawnee. It was first published in 1969 by Funk & Wagnalls. It was later turned into a …

26087. Last Day in Limbo

Peter O'Donnell

Last Day in Limbo is the title of the eighth novel chronicling the adventures of crime lord-turned-secret agent Modesty Blaise. The novel was first published in 1976 and was written by Peter O'Donnell, who had created the character for a comic strip in the early 1960s. The book …

26088. Cobra Trap

Peter O'Donnell

Cobra Trap is the title of a short story collection by Peter O'Donnell featuring his action/adventure heroine Modesty Blaise. The book was published in 1996, and is the thirteenth, and final book in the Modesty Blaise series which began in 1965. Cobra Trap was released 11 years …

26089. Brokenclaw

John Gardner

Brokenclaw, first published in 1990, was the tenth 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 & Stoughton and in the United States by Putnam. The …

26097. Storm Catchers

Tim Bowler

Storm Catchers by Tim Bowler is a book is filled with mystery, drama, and adventure, based on a kidnap in the middle of a storm. It was first published in 2001. Fin is devastated when his sister is kidnapped. Poor Ella, snatched away from their isolated family home in the middle …

26099. According to Mark

Penelope Lively

According to Mark is a 1984 novel written by Penelope Lively. It was shortlisted for Booker Prize for fiction.

26101. Arresting God in Kathmandu

Samrat Upadhyay

From the first Nepali author writing in English to be published in the West, Arresting God in Kathmandu brilliantly explores the nature of desire and spirituality in a changing society. With the assurance and unsentimental wisdom of a long-established writer, Upadhyay records …

26102. Irish Mist

Andrew Greeley

Irish Mist is the fourth of the Nuala Anne McGrail series of mystery novels by Roman Catholic priest and author Father Andrew M. Greeley.

26104. The Twelve and the Genii

Pauline Clarke

The Twelve and the Genii, or The Return of the Twelves in the U.S., is a low fantasy novel for children by Pauline Clarke, first published by Faber in 1962 with illustrations by Cecil Leslie. It features a young boy and "what might have happened if the lost toy soldiers that …

26105. TechnoKill

David Sherman

TechnoKill is the fifth novel of the military science fiction StarFist Saga, written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg. This book in the series once again follows 3rd Platoon, Company L, 34th FIST under Gunnery Sergeant Bass. This time they head to an alien planet to hatch open a …

26109. Justicia global

Che Guevara

Justicia global is a book written by Che Guevara.

26110. Beside the Ocean of Time

George Mackay Brown

Beside the Ocean of Time is a novel by Scottish writer George Mackay Brown. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and judged Scottish Book of the Year by the Saltire Society. The plot follows Thorfinn Ragnarson from Norday in the Orkney Islands of the 1930s. The son of a …

26111. The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career

Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Alpine Path is an autobiography of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Originally published as series of autobiographical essay in the Toronto magazine Everywoman's World from June to November in 1917, and later separately published in 1974.

26112. 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 …

26115. The Scent of Magic

Cliff McNish

The Scent of Magic is the second book of The Doomspell Trilogy published in 2001 that was written by Cliff McNish.

26118. Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir

Tony Hillerman

Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir is the 2001 autobiography of author Tony Hillerman. The title reflects the attitude that he learned as a child living on a farm in Oklahoma; if one learns not to have unrealistic expectations, one will often be pleasantly surprised and seldom …

26120. Boonville

Robert Mailer Anderson

Boonville is a novel by Robert Mailer Anderson. It was published by Creative Arts Book Company in 2001, then reprinted by HarperCollins in 2003.

26121. A Pretext for War

James Bamford

A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies is a 2004 book by journalist James Bamford that takes a highly critical view of the events around 9/11 and the subsequent Iraq War. The book is divided into three parts: "Destruction", "Detection", …

26122. The Moon Maid

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Moon Maid is an Edgar Rice Burroughs Lost World novel. It was written in three parts, Part 1 was begun in June 1922 under the title The Moon Maid, Part 2 was begun in 1919 under the title Under the Red Flag, later retitled The Moon Men, Part 3 was titled the The Red Hawk. As …

26123. Dealer's Choice

George Martin

Wild Cards XI: Dealer’s Choice is a fantasy book by George R.R. Martin.

26124. Phantasmagoria

Lewis Carroll

"Phantasmagoria" is a poem written by Lewis Carroll and first published in 1869 as the opening poem of a collection of verse by Carroll entitled Phantasmagoria and Other Poems. The collection was also published under the name Rhyme? And Reason? It is Lewis Carroll's longest …

26125. The Southpaw

Mark Harris

The Southpaw was the first of the Henry Wiggen baseball novels by Mark Harris, published in 1953. Wiggen, star pitcher and narrator of the novel, tells of his early years in baseball and his debut with the New York Mammoths. It was followed by Bang the Drum Slowly.

26127. 高级迷信 : 学术左派及其关于科学的争论(第二版) = Higher superstition : …

Paul R. Gross

Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science is a book by biologist Paul R. Gross and mathematician Norman Levitt, published in 1994.

26128. White People

Allan Gurganus

White People is a 1991 novel by author Allan Gurganus.

26130. Dewey Decimated

Charles A. Goodrum

Dewey Decimated is an Edgar Award nominated book written by Charles A. Goodrum.

26131. River Boy

Tim Bowler

River Boy is a young adult novel by Tim Bowler, published by Oxford in 1997. It is the story of a teenage girl facing the prospect of bereavement. Bowler won the annual Carnegie Medal, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject. River Boy also won the 1999 …

26132. Pubis Angelical

Manuel Puig

Pubis Angelical is a 1979 novel by acclaimed Argentine novelist Manuel Puig. It is perhaps Puig's work most influenced by pop culture. This can be seen in the montage imitating narrative technique, soap opera and science fiction elements. Also like other Puig works, it deals …

26134. The Biggest Bear

Lynd Ward

The Biggest Bear is a children's picture book by Lynd Ward, first published in 1952. It was illustrated using opaque watercolors, and won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1953. Johnny Orchard, a young boy, is jealous because his neighbors have bear pelts …

26135. Hush!: A Thai Lullaby

Minfong Ho

Hush!: A Thai Lullaby is a book written by Minfong Ho and illustrated by Holly Meade.

26136. Swastika Night

Katharine Burdekin

Swastika Night is a futuristic novel by Katharine Burdekin, writing under the pseudonym Murray Constantine, first published in 1937. The book was a Left Book Club selection in 1940. The novel is inspired by Adolf Hitler's claim that Nazism would create a "Thousand Year Reich". …

26137. The Barbarians are Coming

David Wong Louie

The Barbarians are Coming is a novel by David Wong Louie. The novel tells the story of a Chinese American man trying to make it in the United States while dealing with his immigrant parents and their desires for their son. The book was released in 2001 by Penguin, and received …

26139. Conan the Destroyer

Robert Jordan

Conan the Destroyer is a fantasy novel written by Robert Jordan featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, a novelization of the feature film of the same name. It was first published in paperback by Tor Books in 1984.

26142. Polymorph

Scott Westerfeld

Polymorph is a 1997 cyberpunk novel by American science fiction author Scott Westerfeld.

26147. Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Philip Francis Nowlan

Armageddon 2419 A.D. is Philip Francis Nowlan's novella which first appeared in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. A sequel called The Airlords of Han was published in the March 1929 issue of Amazing Stories. Both stories are now in the public domain in …

26149. A Stranger to Command

Sherwood Smith

A Stranger to Command is a fantasy novel written by Sherwood Smith. It was written as a prequel to her first published work that takes place on the actual Sartorias-deles, Crown Duel.

26150. Skinner's Rules

Quintin Jardine

Skinner's Rules is a 1993 novel by Quintin Jardine. It is the first of the Bob Skinner novels.

26154. Thieves of Baghdad

Matthew Bogdanos

Thieves of Baghdad is a non-fictional account written by Col. Matthew Bogdanos about the quest to recover over a thousand lost artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad after the country's counter-invasion.

26159. Honor Blade

Diane Duane

Honor Blade is a book published in 2000 that was written by Diane Duane.

26161. Savage Sam

Fred Gipson

Savage Sam is a 1962 children's novel written by Fred Gipson, his second book concerning the Coates family of frontier Texas in the late 1860s. It is a sequel to 1956's Old Yeller. It was inspired by the story of former Apache captive Herman Lehmann, whom Gipson had seen give an …

26162. The Crystal Palace

Phyllis Eisenstein

The Crystal Palace is the second novel in "The Book of Elementals" series by Phyllis Eisenstein. The Crystal Palace was originally released in 1988 as a mass-market paperback from Signet. It was last in-print in both hardcover and trade paperback in the 2002 omnibus volume The …

26164. Born to Exile

Phyllis Eisenstein

Born to Exile is a fantasy novel by author Phyllis Eisenstein, the first of her two Alaric novels. It was originally published in 1978 by longtime U. S. specialty press Arkham House in a first edition trade hardcover of 4,148 copies; it has since been published in several …

26165. Live and Let Shop

Michael Spradlin

Live and Let Shop is a book written by Michael Spradlin.

26166. Twig

Elizabeth Orton Jones

Twig is a children's fantasy novel written and illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones. It was originally published by Macmillan in 1942. The book was reissued in a 60th Anniversary Edition by Purple House Press in 2002.

26171. The Heaven Shop

Deborah Ellis

The Heaven Shop is a novel by Canadian author Deborah Ellis. The story is set in Malawi and deals with HIV/AIDS orphans. The novel was written to dispel myths about Meraaj and celebrate the courage of child sufferers in Malawi. It was published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside in …

26172. Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution

Stephen Knight

Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution is a book written by Stephen Knight first published in 1976. It proposed a solution to five murders in Victorian London that were blamed on an unidentified serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper". In an attempt to solve the mystery, Knight …

26174. Stork Naked

Piers Anthony

Stork Naked is the thirtieth book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.

26176. Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories

James Patrick Kelly

Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories is a book written by James Patrick Kelly.

26179. Sword Play

Linda Joy Singleton

Sword Play is a book published in 2006 that was written by Linda Joy Singleton.

26182. The Second Horror

R. L. Stine

The Second Horror is a book published in 1994 that was written by R. L. Stine.

26184. The Last Arrow

Marsha Canham

The Last Arrow is a 1997 historical novel by Canadian author Marsha Canham, the third instalment of her "Medieval" trilogy inspired by the Robin Hood legend set in 13th-century England. The novel was published by Dell Publishing in 1997 as a sequel to Canham's 1994 story In the …

26185. What on Earth Have I Done?: Stories, Observations, …

Robert Fulghum

What on Earth Have I Done?: Stories, Observations, and Affirmations is a book by Robert Fulghum.

26188. Dawkins' God

Alister McGrath

Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life is a book by Alister McGrath, a theologian who is currently Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. The book, published in 2004, aims to refute claims about religion made by another well-known professor at …

26190. Beyond Sanctuary

Janet Morris

Beyond Sanctuary, by Janet Morris, is the first authorized "Thieves World (R) novel, as well as the first in her series of three "Beyond" books and the first novel in "The Sacred Band" literary series. In Beyond Sanctuary, Tempus takes his Sacred Band of Stepsons out of …

26191. The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel and children's book by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best …

26195. The Walking Dead, Vol. 14

Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead, Vol. 14 is a book written by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.

26197. The Other Side of Me

Sidney Sheldon

The Other Side Of Me is the autobiographical memoirs of American writer Sidney Sheldon published in 2005. It was also his final book.

26200. El ruido de las cosas al caer (Premio Alfaguara 2011)

Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The Sound of Things Falling is the third novel of Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Originally published in Spanish in 2011, the book explores the Colombian drug trade. It won the 2011 Alfaguara Prize. An English translation by Anne McLean was released in 2013 and won the …



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