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.

27801. The landlady

Fëdor Michajlovic Dostoevskij

The Landlady is a novella by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, written in 1847. Set in Saint Petersburg, it tells of an abstracted young man, Vasily Mikhailovich Ordynov, and his obsessive love for Katerina, the wife of a dismal husband whom Ordynkov perceives as a malignant …

27803. Dream stuff

David Malouf

The Australian writer David Malouf, best noted for An Imaginary Life and Remembering Babylon, is a master of restraint. In Dream Stuff, he gives us a cast of lost Antipodeans. "Sally's Story" features a kind of homey prostitute to American GIs during the Vietnam War. She offers …

27804. The Secretary of Dreams

Stephen King

The Secretary of Dreams is a series of graphic short story collections authored by Stephen King and illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne. Cemetery Dance Publications released the first volume in December 2006.

27807. Scum of the Earth

Arthur Koestler

Scum of the Earth is a memoir by Arthur Koestler in which he describes his life in France during 1939-1940, the chaos that prevailed in France just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War and France’s collapse, his tribulations, internment in a concentration camp, and …

27811. Icebones

Stephen Baxter

Icebones is a 2001 novel by Stephen Baxter. It is the third book in the Mammoth Trilogy. An omnibus edition, incorporating all three novels of this series, was published as Behemoth.

27813. 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 …

27819. Madonna: An Intimate Biography

J. Randy Taraborrelli

Madonna: An Intimate Biography is a book by American author J. Randy Taraborrelli, chronicling the life of American singer Madonna. The book was released in April 2001 by Sidgwick & Jackson in the United Kingdom, and in August 2001 by Simon & Schuster in the United …

27820. Unfinished Portrait

Agatha Christie

Unfinished Portrait is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by Collins in March 1934 and in the US by Doubleday later in the same year. The British edition retailed for seven shillings and sixpence and the US edition at $2.00. It …

27823. Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova is a book written by Anna Akhmatova.

27825. Redgauntlet

Walter Scott

Redgauntlet is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott, set in Dumfries, Scotland in 1765, and described by Magnus Magnusson as "in a sense, the most autobiographical of Scott's novels." It describes the beginnings of a fictional third Jacobite Rebellion, and includes "Wandering …

27827. 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.

27831. Lavengro

George Henry Borrow

Lavengro: The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest is a work by George Borrow, falling somewhere between the genres of memoir and novel, which has long been considered a classic of 19th-century English literature. According to the author lav-engro is a Romany word meaning "word …

27832. 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.

27840. 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 …

27841. Figments of Reality

Ian Stewart

Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind is a book about the evolution of the intelligent and conscious human mind by biologist Jack Cohen and mathematician Ian Stewart.

27842. Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu

L. Neil Smith

Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu is a science fiction novel set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It was written by L. Neil Smith and originally published in 1983 by Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books. It is the first of three books in The Adventures of Lando …

27844. DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore

Alan Moore

DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore is a 2006 trade paperback collection of comic books written by Alan Moore for DC Comics from 1985 to 1988, published by Titan Books. This collection is a replacement for the earlier Across the Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore which …

27846. Tulku

Peter Dickinson

Tulku is a children's historical novel by Peter Dickinson, published by Gollancz in 1979. Set in China and Tibet at the time of the Boxer Rebellion, it features a young teenage boy orphaned by the violence, who flees with others to a Buddhist monastery. Dickinson and Tulku won …

27852. Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey

Hayden Carruth

Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey is the book written by Hayden Carruth.

27853. The Lady of the Shroud

Bram Stoker

The Lady of the Shroud is a novella by Bram Stoker, written in 1909. The book is an epistolary novel, narrated in the first person via letters and diary extracts from various characters, but mainly Rupert. The initial sections, leading up to the reading of the uncle's will, told …

27854. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman …

Edward Gibbon

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a book of history written by the English historian Edward Gibbon, which traces the trajectory of Western civilization from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. It was published in six volumes. Volume …

27856. Boy in Darkness

Mervyn Peake

Boy in Darkness is a horror novella written by Mervyn Peake. It was first published in 1956 by Eyre & Spottiswoode as part of the anthology Sometime, Never: Three Tales of Imagination. A corrupt version of Boy in Darkness was published both in an anthology, The Inner …

27858. The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe

John Rabe

The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe is a collection of the personal journals of John Rabe, a German businessman who lived in Nanjing at the time of the Nanking Massacre in 1937–1938. The book contains the diaries that Rabe kept during the Nanking Massacre, writing …

27859. The Secret Warning

Franklin W. Dixon

The Secret Warning is Volume 17 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate in collaboration by John Button and Leslie McFarlane in 1938. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this …

27860. The Twisted Claw

Franklin W. Dixon

The Twisted Claw is Volume 18 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by John Button in 1939. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were systematically revised as …

27861. The Phantom Freighter

Franklin W. Dixon

The Phantom Freighter is Volume 26 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Amy McFarlane, the wife of long time Hardy Boys author Leslie McFarlane, in 1947. Between 1959 and 1973 the …

27862. The Apes of God

Wyndham Lewis

The Apes of God is a 1930 novel by the British artist and writer Wyndham Lewis. It is a satire of London's contemporary literary and artistic scene. The novel is set in 1926, leading up to the General Strike in May. It has an episodic structure, following a young simpleton …

27863. The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, …

Adrienne Mayor

Machiavelli praised his military genius. European royalty sought out his secret elixir against poison. His life inspired Mozart's first opera, while for centuries poets and playwrights recited bloody, romantic tales of his victories, defeats, intrigues, concubines, and …

27865. Exposure

Mal Peet

Exposure is a sports novel for young adults by Mal Peet, published by Walker Books in 2008. Inspired by William Shakespeare's Othello, the story follows Otello, a black football player and his high-profile relationship with Desmerelda, a white celebrity. It also has a parallel …

27866. Flow Chart

John Ashbery

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

27867. 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.

27869. The Taming of Chance

Ian Hacking

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

27872. Waiting for the Mahatma

R. K. Narayan

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

27873. Birds of Prey

David Drake

Birds of Prey is a novel by science fiction / fantasy author David Drake, first published in 1984. It is related as a historical novel set in the late Roman Empire, in the second half of the Third Century. There is a science-fictional twist to the story, starting with hints of a …

27877. An Eye for an Eye

Malorie Blackman

An Eye for an Eye is a book published in 2003 that was written by Malorie Blackman.

27882. Baby Is Three

Theodore Sturgeon

Baby Is Three is a science fiction novella by Theodore Sturgeon, first published in the October 1952 issue of Galaxy magazine. It was later crafted into a full novel, More Than Human. The original novella was voted the fifth-best science fiction novella of the pre-1965 era by …

27883. The Letters of Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis

The Letters of Kingsley Amis was assembled and edited by the American literary critic Zachary Leader. It is a collection of more than 800 letters from Amis to many different friends and professional acquaintances from 1941 until shortly before his death in 1995. About one …

27884. Crystal Mask

Katherine Roberts

Crystal Mask is a fantasy novel by Katherine Roberts. It is the second novel in The Echorium Sequence, and it is the sequel to Song Quest which won the Branford Boase Award in 2000. The novel was first published in 2001 by the Chicken House.

27885. The King of Ireland's Son

Padraic Colum

The King of Ireland's Son is a children's novel published in Ireland in 1916 written by Padraic Colum, and illustrated by Willy Pogany. It is the story of the eldest of the King of Ireland's sons, and his adventures winning and then finding Fedelma, the Enchanter's Daughter, who …

27887. The Light and the Dark

C. P. Snow

The Light and the Dark is the fourth novel in C. P. Snow's Strangers and Brothers series. Set in England in the lead-up to and during World War II, it portrays Lewis Eliot's friendship with the gifted scholar and remarkable individual Roy Calvert, and Calvert's inner turmoil and …

27889. The Head of Kay's

P. G. Wodehouse

The Head of Kay's is a novel by English author P.G. Wodehouse.

27891. The Toybox

Jackie Cassada

The Toybox is a book published in 1995 that was written by Jackie Cassada.

27893. I Am a Barbarian

Edgar Rice Burroughs

I Am a Barbarian is a historical novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs written in 1941 but was not published until after the author's death, first appearing in hardback on September 1, 1967 as published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.. The book was originally to have been published by …

27894. House Mother Normal

B.S. Johnson

House Mother Normal is a novel by the experimental writer B.S. Johnson. As is typical of Johnson's work the novel is written in an unorthodox style.

27897. The Light Beyond the Forest: The Quest for the Holy …

Rosemary Sutcliff

The Light Beyond the Forest: The Quest for the Holy Grail is the second book in Rosemary Sutcliff's Arthurian trilogy. While the previous book, The Sword and the Circle, is a collection of Arthurian tales including the creation of the Round Table, Sir Gawain and the Green …

27899. The Hindus: An Alternative History

Wendy Doniger

From one of the world?s foremost scholars on Hinduism, a vivid reinterpretation of its history An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth that offers a new way of understanding one of the world?s oldest major religions, The Hindus elucidates the …

27904. The Two of Them

Joanna Russ

The Two of Them is a feminist science fiction novel by Joanna Russ. It was first published in 1978 in the United States by Berkley Books and in Great Britain by The Women's Press in 1986. It was last reissued in 2005 by the Wesleyan University Press with a foreword by Sarah …

27907. Crusade

Elizabeth Laird

Crusade is a novel written by Elizabeth Laird and first published by Macmillan in 2007. It is set in the Third Crusade and focuses on a Saracen boy named Salim and an English boy called Adam. It was shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Children's Book Award.

27908. The Kingdom by the Sea

Robert Westall

The Kingdom by the Sea is the book written by Robert Westall.

27911. 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.

27914. Monica's Story

Andrew Morton

Monica's Story is the authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, written by Andrew Morton. Morton was also a biographer of Diana, Princess of Wales.

27916. Distant Stars

Samuel R. Delany

Distant Stars is a 1981 collection of short stories by Samuel R. Delany. Many of the stories originally appeared in the magazines The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Algol and New Worlds, while the novella Empire Star was originally published as an Ace Double with …

27919. Unto the Sons

Gay Talese

"An Italian ROOTS." —The Washington Post Book WorldAt long last, Gay Talese, one of America's greatest living authors, employs his prodigious storytelling gifts to tell the saga of his own family's emigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II. Ultimately …

27924. 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 …

27925. Lifeblood

Tom Becker

Lifeblood is a children's novel by Tom Becker, first published in 2007. It is the sequel to Darkside, and the second in a planned series of five. Jonathan Starling has remained in Darkside with Elias Carnegie. As with the first story in the series, the pair gets drawn into a …

27931. Times Without Number

John Brunner

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

27934. Murder in E Minor

Robert Goldsborough

Murder in E Minor is a 1986 Nero Wolfe novel written by Robert Goldsborough. The action takes place in New York City, primarily New York County, better known as Manhattan. Goldsborough's first Wolfe novel extends a long string of Rex Stout Nero Wolfe stories stretching back 40 …

27939. Before the Golden Age

Isaac Asimov

Before the Golden Age: A Science Fiction Anthology of the 1930s is an anthology of 25 science fiction stories from 1930s pulp magazines, edited by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. It also includes "Big Game", a short story written by Asimov in 1941 and never sold. The …

27941. The Witch's Daughter

R. A. Salvatore

The Witch's Daughter is a children's novel by Nina Bawden, first published in 1966. It has been dramatised for television twice, with Fiona Kennedy and Sammy Glenn in the title role.

27942. The Heart of the Serpent

Ivan Yefremov

"The Heart of the Serpent" is a 1958 science fiction short story by the Soviet writer and paleontologist Ivan Yefremov. The crew of a spaceship encounters an alien ship in deep space. Speculation ensues about whether the other crew might be hostile. Comparisons are made to …

27947. Blood Sisters

Barbara Keating

Blood Sisters is a critically acclaimed 2005 book by Barbara and Stephanie Keating. The book concerns the life stories of three girls: the Irish Sarah Mackay, an Afrikaner Hanna Van der Beer and British Camilla Broughton Smith. The book follows their journey from being brought …

27950. Freedom for the Thought That We Hate

Anthony Lewis

Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment is a 2007 non-fiction book by journalist Anthony Lewis about freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of thought, and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The book starts by …

27951. A Matter of Profit

Hilari Bell

A Matter of Profit is a science fiction novel written by Hilari Bell published in 2001.

27954. Bill, the Galactic Hero

Harry Harrison

Bill, the Galactic Hero is a satirical science fiction novel by Harry Harrison, first published in 1965. Harrison reports having been approached by a Vietnam veteran who described Bill as "the only book that's true about the military."

27956. 30 Days of Night

Tim Lebbon

30 Days of Night is the movie novelization of the film 30 Days of Night, itself based on the comic series 30 Days of Night. The comic has several novel spinoffs of its own; however, unlike those, 30 Days of Night is not written by the comic author but by English horror writer …

27959. Oz: Into the Wild

Christopher Golden

Oz: Into the Wild is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It mainly features the character "Oz", other known television characters play minor roles.

27960. Heroes of Horror

James Wyatt

Heroes of Horror is a hardcover supplement to the 3.5 edition of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game.

27966. The Black Bouquet

Richard Lee Byers

The Black Bouquet is a Fantasy novel by Richard Lee Byers, set in the Forgotten Realms fictional universe. It is the second novel in "The Rogues" series.

27968. 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.

27969. Night Watch

Terry Pratchett

Night Watch is the 29th novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, published in 2002. The protagonist of the novel is Sir Samuel Vimes, commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. A five-part radio adaptation of the novel was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Night Watch placed second …

27978. A Slight Detour

Christopher Stasheff

A Slight Detour is a book published in 1994 that was written by Christopher Stasheff.

27986. 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 …

27995. The Mermaid Chair

Sue Monk Kidd

The Mermaid Chair is a 2005 novel written by American novelist Sue Monk Kidd, which has also been adapted as a Lifetime movie.

27997. For Heaven's Eyes Only (Secret Histories 5)

Simon R. Green

I’m Eddie Drood. AKA Shaman Bond, a member of the Drood family. We Droods have been holding back the forces of darkness for generations. It’s a hell of a job—and we’re good at it…But now, the Droods have hit a bad patch, what with the death of our Matriarch and the discovery …

27998. U vojny ne zhenskoe litso

Svetlana Alexievich

A long-awaited English translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in World War II across Europe and Russia—from the winner of the Nobel Prize in LiteratureNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe Washington Post • The Guardian • NPR • The Economist • Milwaukee …



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