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.

28001. The Heritage

Siegfried Lenz

In The Heritage, first published in German in 1978, Zygmunt Rogalla, an elderly Masurian rug-maker from Lucknow ... which was once part of East Prussia, now part of Poland ... tells his story from a hospital bed. The curator of the Masurian museum, where objects were collected …

28002. The landlady

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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 …

28003. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

Evelyn Waugh

The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a novel by the British writer Evelyn Waugh, first published in July 1957. It is Waugh's penultimate full-length work of fiction, which the author called his "mad book"—a largely autobiographical account of a period of mental illness that he …

28005. Beard's Roman Women

Anthony Burgess

Beard's Roman Women is a 1976 novel by British novelist Anthony Burgess. Dated "Montalbuccio-Monte Carlo-Eze-Callian, Summer 1975", according to Burgess it was written in the back of his Bedford Dormobile as he and his wife, Liana Burgess toured Europe and "partly in the bedroom …

28011. 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.

28012. The Zen Gun

Barrington J. Bayley

The Zen Gun is the eleventh science fiction novel by Barrington J. Bayley.

28016. Sweeney Astray

Seamus Heaney

Sweeney Astray: A Version from the Irish is a version of the Irish poem Buile Shuibhne written by Seamus Heaney, based on an earlier translation by J.G. O'Keeffe. The work was first published in 1983 and photographer Rachel Giese later took revised portions of the poem to …

28017. Shadows on our Skin

Jennifer Johnston

Shadows on our Skin is a novel written by Jennifer Johnston.

28019. 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 …

28020. 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 …

28025. Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova is a book written by Anna Akhmatova.

28026. Budayeen Nights

George Alec Effinger

Budayeen Nights is a collection of cyberpunk science fiction short stories and novelettes by George Alec Effinger, published in 2003. The work consists of nine individual stories by Effinger, with a foreword and story introductions by Barbara Hambly. Seven of the nine stories …

28027. Future on Fire

Orson Scott Card

Future on Fire is a science fiction anthology edited by Orson Scott Card. It contains fifteen stories written in the 1980s by different writers.

28029. 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 …

28031. 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.

28036. 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.

28043. The Hollow Tree

Janet Lunn

The Hollow Tree is a children's historical novel by Janet Lunn. The book is the third in a trilogy, the first two being The Root Cellar and Shadow in Hawthorn Bay. Having progressed backward from the American Civil War in The Root Cellar, another few decades in Shadow in …

28044. 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 …

28045. The New Believers

David V. Barrett

The New Believers: A Survey of Sects, 'Cults', and Alternative Religions, is a book by David V. Barrett covering the origin, history, beliefs, practices and controversies of more than sixty new religious movements, including The Family International, International Church of …

28046. Judas, My Brother

Frank Yerby

Judas, My Brother: The Story of the Thirteenth Disciple is a 1968 historical novel by Frank Yerby. The novel provides a narrative attempting a demythologized account of the events surrounding the life of Jesus and the origin of Christianity.

28051. Hush Little Baby

Caroline B. Cooney

Hush Little Baby is a novel written for teenagers by Caroline B. Cooney. It was published in 1998.

28056. 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 …

28058. Asimov's Chronology of the World

Isaac Asimov

This book by Isaac Asimov explains in chronological order important events that happened in our world from the Big Bang until the end of World War II. Each chapter covers a certain time period. The chapter is then broken down into headings for each important empire or country of …

28060. Created By

Richard Christian Matheson

Created By is a 1993 horror novel by Richard Christian Matheson.

28061. The Normal Heart

Larry Kramer

The Normal Heart is a largely autobiographical play by Larry Kramer. It focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Ned prefers loud …

28062. 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 …

28063. The Secret Agent on Flight 101

Franklin W. Dixon

The Secret Agent on Flight 101 is Volume 46 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Tom Mulvey in 1967. Mulvey was also responsible for editing other Stratemeyer Syndicate stories …

28064. 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 …

28066. Good Girls Don't Wear Trousers

Lara Cardella

Good Girls Don't Wear Trousers is an autobiographical novel by Lara Cardella. It was published by Mondadori in 1989, when the author was only age 19. The novel, which tells the plight of a teenager forced into the mental and cultural restrictions of Sicily in the 1980s, achieved …

28067. Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Cyborg

William F. Wu

Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Cyborg is a 1987 novel by William F. Wu. It is part of the series Isaac Asimov's Robot City, which are inspired by Isaac Asimov's Robot series, and his Foundation novels.

28068. The Centre of the Circle

Jonathan Wylie

The Centre of the Circle is a book published in 1987 that was written by Jonathan Wylie.

28071. Borgel

Daniel Pinkwater

Borgel is a children's novel written by Daniel Pinkwater. This book was published in 1990. It was reprinted in 1993 in the UK, under the title The Time Tourists.

28072. The Taming of Chance

Ian Hacking

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

28074. Moongather

Jo Clayton

Moongather is a book published in 1982 that was written by Jo Clayton.

28076. Firestorm

David Sherman

Firestorm is a science fiction novel by David Sherman and Dan Cragg. It is set in the 25th Century in Sherman and Cragg's StarFist saga. "Firestorm more concludes the Ravenette campaign for the 34th fist and the Force Recon.

28077. 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 …

28079. Company for Henry

P. G. Wodehouse

Company For Henry is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United States on 12 May 1967 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, under the title The Purloined Paperweight, and in the United Kingdom on 26 October 1967 by Barrie & Jenkins, London. Not featuring …

28083. 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.

28084. 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 …

28087. The Head of Kay's

P. G. Wodehouse

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

28089. The Toybox

Jackie Cassada

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

28091. 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.

28093. It's Not Easy Being a Bunny

Marilyn Sadler

It's Not Easy Being a Bunny is a children's book written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Roger Bollen. It is about a young bunny named P.J. Funnybunny and his adventures to live with a different animal because he does not like being a bunny.

28095. The Fall of Colossus

Dennis Feltham Jones

The Fall of Colossus is a science fiction novel written in 1974 by the British author Dennis Feltham Jones. It is the second volume in the Colossus trilogy and a sequel to Jones' 1966 novel Colossus.

28096. 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.

28098. 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 …

28104. The Organization Man

William H. Whyte

The Organization Man is a bestselling book by William H. Whyte, originally published by Simon & Schuster in 1956. It is considered one of the most influential books on management ever written.

28105. Goggle-Eyes

Anne Fine

Goggle-Eyes, or My War with Goggle-Eyes in the U.S., is a children's novel by Anne Fine, published by Hamilton in 1989. It features a girl who hates her mother's boyfriend, she thinks. In the frame story, set in a Scotland day school, that girl Kitty tells her friend Helen about …

28108. The Kingdom by the Sea

Robert Westall

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

28113. 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.

28117. 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 …

28122. 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 …

28124. Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World

Margaret Thatcher

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World is a book on politics and international relations written by Margaret Thatcher in 2003 and was published by Harper Perennial.

28130. The Tree Bride

Bharati Mukherjee

The Tree Bride, is a historical novel by Bharati Mukherjee. It is the sequel to Desirable Daughters.

28131. SeaFire

John Gardner

SeaFire, first published in 1994, was the fourteenth 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.

28133. 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 …

28138. 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.

28139. 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 …

28141. 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 …

28143. Miracle Cure

Harlan Coben

Miracle Cure is the second novel by American crime writer, Harlan Coben. The novel was first published in 1996, and is currently out of print.

28147. A Matter of Profit

Hilari Bell

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

28153. Third Watch

Anne McCaffrey

Third Watch is a book published in 2007 that was written by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough and Anne McCaffrey.

28154. The 34th Rule

David R. George, III

The 34th Rule, published January 1, 1999, is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel written by Armin Shimerman and David R. George III. The story in the novel was an allegory for the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War, and was inspired by George Takei's …

28157. 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 …

28161. 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.

28162. 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.

28166. A Death in White Bear Lake

Barry Siegel

A Death in White Bear Lake is a true crime book by journalist Barry Siegel, published in 1990. The book recounts one of the most notorious cases of child abuse ever prosecuted in the United States, the murder of three-year-old Dennis Jurgens by his adopted mother Lois Jurgens. …

28170. Grass For His Pillow Episode 1 : Lord Fujiwara's …

Gillian Rubinstein

Grass For His Pillow Episode 1 : Lord Fujiwara's Treasures is a book published in 2005 that was written by Gillian Rubinstein.

28175. 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.

28182. A Slight Detour

Christopher Stasheff

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

28194. 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.

28197. 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 …

28200. Revival

Stephen King

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2014: How does Stephen King do it? In book after book, writing long (Under the Dome, 11/22/63) or short (Joyland) he manages, nearly always, to tell a compelling story that is both entertaining and somehow profound, or at least …



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