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.

27601. The God of Impertinence

Sten Nadolny

Freed after two thousand years of captivity, the god Hermes taps people's minds to study contemporary society, and he battles Hephaestus, the degenerate technology god. By the author of The Discovery of Slowness. "

27605. 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 …

27626. Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard (1950) is one of the most famous films in the history of Hollywood, and perhaps no film better represents Hollywood's vision of itself. Billy Wilder collaborated on the screenplay with the very able Charles Brackett, and with D. M. Marshman Jr., who later joined …

27633. The Maid of Orleans

Friedrich Schiller

The Maid of Orleans is a tragedy by Friedrich Schiller, written in 1801 in Leipzig. During his lifetime, it was one of Schiller's most frequently-performed pieces.

27635. My year in the no-man's-bay

Peter Handke

"There was one time in my life when I experienced metamorphosis." A novel that begins with a sentence like this and also features a main character named Gregor obviously has serious ambitions from the get-go. But readers of Austrian writer Peter Handke's previous fiction would …

27637. Yes

Thomas Bernhard

Yes is a novel by Thomas Bernhard, originally published in German in 1978 and translated into English by Ewald Osers in 1992.

27654. Carl Haffner's Love of the Draw

Thomas Glavinic

Carl Haffner’s Love of the Draw is a 1998 chess novel by Austrian writer Thomas Glavinic. It was Glavinic's first novel and is about a shy and withdrawn Viennese chess master who in 1910 challenges the World Champion for his title. The book was translated into English in 1999 by …

27655. Give It Up! And Other Stories Kafka

Franz Kafka

Give It Up! is a comics adaptation of nine short stories by Franz Kafka drawn by Peter Kuper. In the introduction, by Jules Feiffer, Kuper's adaptations are described as "riffs, visual improvisations."

27668. Two Planets

Kurd Lasswitz

Two Planets is an influential science fiction novel postulating intelligent life on Mars by Kurd Lasswitz. It was first published in hardcover by Felber in two volumes in 1897; there have been many editions since, including abridgements by the author's son Erich Lasswitz and …

27677. The Final Journey

Gudrun Pausewang

The Final Journey is a book written by Gudrun Pausewang.

27679. A Daughter of Isis

Nawal El Saadawi

‘Against the white sand, the contours of my father's body were well defined, emphasized its existence in a world where everything was liquid, where the blue of the sea melted into the blue of the sky with nothing between. This independent existence was to become the outer world, …

27689. Part of the Solution

Ulrich Peltzer

It’s Berlin in the summer of 2003—sunshine for weeks on end, weather to fall in love. And that’s just what Christian Eich, the main character in Ulrich Peltzer’s acclaimed novel Part of the Solution, does; but that’s not all. Christian Eich, a thirty-something freelance …

27703. The Invisible Collection

Stefan Zweig

'This is the story of about the strangest thing that I've ever encountered, old art dealer that I am.' It is perhaps the finest art collection of its kind, acquired through a lifetime of sacrifice - but when a dealer comes to see it, he finds something quite unexpected, and is …

27706. The living and the dead

Konstantin Mikhaˆilovich Simonov

The Living and the Dead is a 1959 novel by Konstantin Simonov. The book was filmed as Dead and Alive.

27708. The Theory of Money and Credit

Ludwig von Mises

The Theory of Money and Credit is a 1912 economics book written by Ludwig von Mises, originally published in German as Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel. In it Mises explains the origins of money through his "regression theorem", which is based on logic, not historic …

27709. Arrow in the Blue

Arthur Koestler

Arrow in the Blue is an autobiography covering the first 26 years of Arthur Koestler's life. It was published in 1952 by Collins with Hamish Hamilton Ltd. and has been reprinted several times.

27713. The Dressmaker

Beryl Bainbridge

The Dressmaker is a gothic psychological novel written by Beryl Bainbridge. In 1973, it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Like many of Bainbridge's earlier works, the novel is semi-autobiographical. In particular, the story was inspired by a relationship that she had with a …

27714. Hungry Hearts

Anzia Yezierska

Hungry Hearts is a collection of short stories by Jewish/American writer Anzia Yezierska first published in 1920. The short stories deal with the European Jewish immigrant experience from the perspective of fictional female Jews, each story depicting a different aspect of their …

27717. The sailor dog

Margaret Wise Brown

Scuppers The Sailor Dog is a children's book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams. It was originally published in 1953 by Golden Books. The 2001 edition lacks four pages of color illustrations and text found in the original 1953 edition. An …

27720. Danger on Vampire Trail

Franklin W. Dixon

Danger on Vampire Trail is Volume 50 of the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Andrew E. Svenson and first published in 1971.

27723. Areopagitica

John Milton

Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England is a 1644 prose polemical tract by the English poet, scholar, and polemical author John Milton opposing licensing and censorship. Areopagitica is among history's most …

27724. A Long Way to Shiloh

Lionel Davidson

A Long Way to Shiloh is a thriller by Lionel Davidson. The book won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award.

27725. Devil's Own Work

Alan Judd

The Devil's Own Work is a 1991 novella by Alan Judd which won the Guardian Fiction Award. A modern version of the Faust legend, it was inspired by a dinner with Graham Greene. and tells of a pact an author makes with the devil as told by his lifelong friend. In style the work …

27726. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

James Boswell

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. is a biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson written by James Boswell. The work was a popular and critical success when first published. It is regarded as an important stage in the development of the modern genre of biography; many have claimed it as …

27731. Man of Nazareth

Anthony Burgess

Man of Nazareth is a historical novel by Anthony Burgess based on his screenplay for Franco Zeffirelli's TV miniseries Jesus of Nazareth. It is one of a trilogy of Burgess books with biblical themes, the others being The Kingdom of the Wicked and Moses.

27732. Fugue for a Darkening Island

Christopher Priest

Fugue For A Darkening Island is a dystopian science fiction novel by Christopher Priest. First published in 1972, it deals with a man's struggle to protect his family and himself in a near future England ravaged by civil war brought about by the failings of a Conservative …

27733. Tapestry Of Dark Souls: Ravenloft: The Covenant

Elaine Bergstrom

Tapestry of Dark Souls is a fantasy horror novel by Elaine Bergstrom, set in the world of Ravenloft, and based on the Dungeons & Dragons game. It was published by TSR, Inc.

27734. Combatting Cult Mind Control

Steven Hassan

Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults is a non-fiction work by Steven Hassan. The author describes theories of mind control and cults based on the research of Margaret Singer and Robert Lifton as well …

27736. Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos

Isaac Asimov

Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos is a non-fiction book by Isaac Asimov. It was initially published on May 31, 1991 by Dutton Adult.

27737. The Dungeons of Torgar

Joe Dever

The Dungeons of Torgar is the tenth book in the Lone Wolf book series created by Joe Dever. These later books are illustrated by Brian Williams.

27738. Flow Chart

John Ashbery

Flow Chart is a long poem by the American writer John Ashbery, published in its own volume in 1991.

27739. Adding a Dimension

Isaac Asimov

Adding a Dimension is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by Isaac Asimov. It was the third of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It was first published by Doubleday & Company in 1964.

27741. The Trellisane Confrontation

David Dvorkin

The Trellisane Confrontation is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by David Dvorkin.

27742. The Taming of Chance

Ian Hacking

The Taming of Chance is a 1990 book by philosopher Ian Hacking.

27743. Waiting for the Mahatma

R. K. Narayan

Waiting for the Mahatma is a 1955 novel by R. K. Narayan.

27745. San Diego Lightfoot Sue and Other Stories

Tom Reamy

San Diego Lightfoot Sue is a novelette written by Tom Reamy.

27750. The House with the Green Shutters

George Douglas Brown

The House with the Green Shutters is a novel by the Scottish writer George Douglas Brown, first published in 1901 by John MacQueen. Set in mid-19th century Ayrshire, in the fictitious town of Barbie which is based on his native Ochiltree, it consciously violates the conventions …

27754. The Wordsmiths and the Warguild

Hugh Cook

The Wordsmiths and the Warguild is a 2 Volume serial of cross-genre fantasy / science fiction novels published in 1987 that was written by Hugh Cook.

27757. The Dream of Rome

Boris Johnson

The Dream Of Rome is a book by Boris Johnson, in which he discusses how the Roman Empire achieved political and cultural unity in Europe, and compares it to the failure of the European Union to do the same. It was made into a documentary for television by the BBC.

27760. Legends from the End of Time

Michael Moorcock

Legends from the End of Time is a book published in 1976 and written by Michael Moorcock.

27764. The Sowers of the Thunder

Robert E. Howard

The Sowers of the Thunder is a collection of historical short stories by Robert E. Howard. It was first published in 1973 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 2,509 copies. Grant reprinted the book in 1976 in an edition of 1,250 copies.

27772. Cosmo Cosmolino

Helen Garner

Cosmo Cosmolino is a 1992 book by Australian writer Helen Garner. The book consists of three linked works: two short stories and a novella, though the author and critics have described it as a novel. It was first published in Australia by McPhee Gribble and was shortlisted for …

27774. Times Without Number

John Brunner

Times Without Number is a time travel/alternate history novel by John Brunner.

27775. High Hunt

David Eddings

High Hunt is the first published novel of David Eddings, first copyrighted in 1973 by a private publisher, its copyright was renewed in 1993 in New York and then in 1994 by Del Rey books in London. His first novel and one of only two "mainstream novels" he wrote during his …

27777. The Graduation of Jake Moon

Barbara Park

The Graduation of Jake Moon is a children's book that was written by Barbara Park and published in 2002. It is appropriate reading material for children aged between 9 and 12.

27780. Educating Eve: The 'Language Instinct' Debate

Geoffrey Sampson

Educating Eve: The 'Language Instinct' Debate is a book by Geoffrey Sampson, providing arguments against Noam Chomsky's theory of a human instinct for language acquisition. Sampson explains the original title of the book as a deliberate allusion to Educating Rita, and uses the …

27789. Fine Prey

Scott Westerfeld

Fine Prey is a science fiction novel by Scott Westerfeld. Spider Stone has been studying at the Aya School, about the Aya aliens. Over the summer she goes on the fine hunt, and then claw hunt.

27794. This Town Will Never Let Us Go

Lawrence Miles

This Town Will Never Let Us Go is an original novel by Lawrence Miles set in the Faction Paradox universe. Although taking place in a shared universe, it is a stand-alone work that does not require any prior knowledge and features no recurring characters. Taking place over a …

27796. The Shepherd's Granddaughter

Anne Carter

The Shepherd's Granddaughter is a children's novel by Anne Laurel Carter published in 2008. It provides a fictional account of the complex situation between the Jewish and Muslim communities in Palestine, which is seen through the eyes of Amani, a Palestinian girl six years old …

27798. Kill Me, If You Can

Marshall Karp

Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his stunning girlfriend Katherine fill his thoughts--until he realizes that he is being hunted, …



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