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.

26601. The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H.

George Steiner

Imagine, thirty years after the end of World War II, Israeli Nazi-hunters, some of whom lost relatives in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany, find a silent old man deep in the Amazon jungle. He is Adolph Hitler. The narrative that follows is a profound and disturbing exploration …

26603. A thousand peaceful cities

Jerzy Pilch

"If laughter actually is the best medicine, fortunate readers of this wonderful novel will surely enjoy perfect health for the rest of their days."―Kirkus ReviewsA comic gem, Jerzy Pilch's A Thousand Peaceful Cities takes place in 1963, in the latter days of the Polish …

26604. The Groves of Academe

Mary McCarthy

The Groves of Academe is a novel by American writer Mary McCarthy. Considered to be one of the first academic novels, it concerns the sequence of events that take place after Henry Mulcahy, a literary instructor at the fictive Jocelyn College, learns that his teaching …

26613. Belfast Confidential

Colin Bateman

Belfast Confidential is the seventh novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 7 November 2005 through Headline Publishing Group.

26615. The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of …

Patrick French

The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul is a biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul by Patrick French. It was published in 2008. The title is a quotation from Naipaul's book "A Bend in the River". The world is what it is; men who are …

26616. Eva Trout

Elizabeth Bowen

Eva Trout is Elizabeth Bowen's final novel and was shortlisted for the 1970 Booker Prize. First published in 1968, it is about a young woman—the eponymous heroine—who, abandoned by her mother just after her birth, raised by nurses and nannies and educated by governesses all …

26617. Bill's New Frock

Anne Fine

Bill's New Frock is a book by Anne Fine and illustrated by Philippe Dupasquier for younger readers, first published in 1989, and reissued by Egmont in a new edition on 1 August 2002. The story concerns a young boy, Bill Simpson, who wakes up one morning to find he has …

26618. The vicar of Bullhampton

Anthony Trollope

The Vicar of Bullhampton is an 1870 novel by Anthony Trollope. It is made up of three intertwining subplots: the courtship of a young woman by two suitors; a feud between the titular Broad church vicar and a Low church nobleman, abetted by a Methodist minister; and the vicar's …

26621. The Double Tongue

William Golding

The Double Tongue is a novel by William Golding. It was found in draft form after his death and published posthumously. Golding's final novel tells the story of the Pythia, the priestess of Apollo at Delphi. Arieka prophesies in the shadowy years of the 1st century BC when the …

26626. The Red Horse

Eugenio Corti

The Red Horse is an epic novel written by Eugenio Corti that follows an industrial family, the Rivas, in Nomana starting from the end of May 1940 through World War II and the new democratic Italy. The book is divided in three parts: The Red Horse, The Pale Horse, and The Tree of …

26636. A Warlock in Whitby

Robin Jarvis

A Warlock in Whitby is the second book in The Whitby Witches series by Robin Jarvis. It was originally published in 1995.

26637. My Life as a Traitor

Zarah Ghahramani

My Life as a Traitor is a 2007 biography and memoir, written by Zarah Ghahramani and Robert Hillman. The book documents the life of Ghahramani, including her early childhood. In 2001, Ghahramani was arrested for citing crimes against the Islamic Republic of Iran and sent to …

26638. Effortless mastery

Kenny Werner

Effortless Mastery is a book written by jazz pianist Kenny Werner, that deals with musical freedom for musicians.

26645. The memorial

Christopher Isherwood

The Memorial is a 1932 English novel by author Christopher Isherwood. The novel tells the story of an English family's disintegration in the days following World War I. Isherwood's second published novel, this is the first of his works for which he adapted his own life …

26658. Another Beauty

Adam Zagajewski

Another Beauty is a 1998 memoir by the Polish poet Adam Zagajewski. It focuses on Zagajewski's student years and early time as a poet in Kraków in the 1960s and 1970s, and his involvement with the artist group "Now", leaving aestheticism behind to focus on contemporary politics …

26659. The Bellarosa Connection

Saul Bellow

The Bellarosa Connection is a 1989 novella by the American author Saul Bellow. The book takes the form of an ongoing dialogue between the Fonstein family about the impact of the Jewish Holocaust. This is an especially significant story as it represents, along with Mr. Sammler's …

26663. The Secret House of Death

Ruth Rendell

The Secret House of Death is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1968.

26664. The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel written by Peter S. Beagle and published in 1968, by Viking Press in the U.S. and The Bodley Head in the U.K. It follows the tale of a unicorn, who believes she is the last of her kind in the world and undertakes a quest to discover what has …

26665. An Act of Terror

André Brink

An Act of Terror is a novel by Andre Brink, first published in 1991.

26671. Postmodernity and its discontents

Zygmunt Bauman

When Freud wrote his classic Civilization and its Discontents, he was concerned with repression. Modern civilization depends upon the constraint of impulse, the limiting of self expression. Today, in the time of modernity, Bauman argues, Freud's analysis no longer holds good, …

26674. The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia

Bronisław Malinowski

The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia is a 1929 book by anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski. The work is his second in the trilogy on the Trobrianders, with the other two being Argonauts of the Western Pacific and Coral Gardens and Their Magic.

26676. Sherlock Holmes

Nick Rennison

Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche novel by Nick Rennison, originally published in 2006. In the novel, Rennison postulates that Sherlock Holmes was involved in various historical events, including the Jack the Ripper case, the Crippen …

26677. Time and Relative

Kim Newman

Time and Relative is an original novella written by Kim Newman and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Set shortly before the first televised Doctor Who story, it features the First Doctor and Susan; their adversary is an entity known …

26682. Baby brother's blues

Pearl Cleage

Baby brother's blues is a book.

26684. Plato: Ion

Plato

26698. The Man from Barbarossa

John Gardner

The Man from Barbarossa, first published in 1991, was the eleventh 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 …

26702. Bridge of Ashes

Roger Zelazny

Bridge of Ashes is an experimental science fiction novel by Hugo- and Nebula-award winning author, Roger Zelazny. The paperback edition was published in 1976 and the hardcover in 1979. Zelazny describes the book as one of five books from which he learned things “that have borne …

26708. The Hugo Winners

Isaac Asimov

The Hugo Winners was a series of books which collected science fiction and fantasy stories that won a Hugo Award for Short Story, Novelette or Novella at the World Science Fiction Convention between 1955 and 1982. Each volume was edited by Isaac Asimov, who wrote the …

26712. Life of Castruccio Castracani

Nicolas Machiavel

The Life of Castruccio Castracani is a short work by Niccolò Machiavelli. It is made in the form of a short biographical account of the life of the medieval Tuscan condottiere, Castruccio Castracani, who lived in and ruled Lucca. The book is thought to have been written during a …

26715. Summa Technologiae

Stanisław Lem

Summa Technologiae is a 1964 book by Polish author Stanisław Lem. Summa is one of the first collections of philosophical essays by Lem. The book exhibits depth of insight and irony usual for Lem's creations. The name is an allusion to Summa Theologiae by Thomas Aquinas and to …

26718. Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men

Colin Bateman

Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men is the second novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 25 April 1996 through Harper Collins. The name of the novel is a reference to the John Steinbeck novella Of Mice and Men.

26753. Captive Universe

Harry Harrison

Captive Universe is a science fiction novel by American author Harry Harrison, which was first published in 1969.

26754. Genesis and development of a scientific fact

Ludwik Fleck

Originally published in German in 1935, this monograph anticipated solutions to problems of scientific progress, the truth of scientific fact and the role of error in science now associated with the work of Thomas Kuhn and others. Arguing that every scientific concept and …

26775. The Chimera's Curse

Julia Golding

The Chimera's Curse is a children's fantasy novel by Julia Golding, first published in 2007. It is the fourth and final book of the Companions Quartet. The rest of the quartet includes The Gorgon's Gaze, Mines of the Minotaur, and Secret of the Sirens. Golding has stated that …

26785. We Open on Venus

Christopher Stasheff

We Open on Venus is a book published in 1993 that was written by Christopher Stasheff.

26791. What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their …

Richard Brookhiser

What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers is a 2006 non-fiction book by American journalist and historian Richard Brookhiser. The author discusses the viewpoints, backgrounds, and character traits of the American 'Founding Fathers', and he compares and contrasts …

26792. Charmides

Plato

The Charmides is a dialogue of Plato, in which Socrates engages a handsome and popular boy in a conversation about the meaning of sophrosyne, a Greek word usually translated into English as "temperance", "self-control", or "restraint". As is typical with Platonic early …



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