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.

28004. 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 …

28005. 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 …

28006. 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 …

28009. 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.

28010. 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 …

28012. Shadows on our Skin

Jennifer Johnston

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

28013. The Hidden Hitler

Lothar Machtan

The Hidden Hitler is the English-language version of the 2001 book Hitlers Geheimnis. Das Doppelleben eines Diktators by German-Jewish professor and historian Dr. Lothar Machtan. The original book was published in Germany by Alexander Fest Verlag, while the English-translated …

28015. 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 …

28017. Love Creeps

Amanda Filipacchi

Love Creeps is the third novel by American writer Amanda Filipacchi. It was translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, and Korean. It tackles issues of love, desire, obsession, and addiction.

28020. Beat Generation

Jack Kerouac

Beat Generation is a play written by Jack Kerouac upon returning home to Florida after his seminal work On the Road had been published in 1957. Gerald Nicosia, a Kerouac biographer and family friend has said that theatre producer Leo Gavin suggested that Kerouac should write a …

28021. 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.

28023. The Flight of the Phoenix

Elleston Trevor

The Flight of the Phoenix is a 1964 novel by Elleston Trevor. The plot involves the crash of a transport aircraft in the middle of a desert and the survivors' desperate attempt to save themselves. The book was the basis for the 1965 film The Flight of the Phoenix starring James …

28024. 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.

28026. 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 …

28028. 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 …

28029. 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.

28030. Cold Heaven

Brian Moore

Cold Heaven is a novel by Northern Irish-Canadian writer Brian Moore. It was published in 1983.

28031. 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 …

28033. 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 …

28038. 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.

28040. 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 …

28041. 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 …

28042. 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.

28043. 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.

28047. The Sword and the Stallion

Michael Moorcock

The Sword and the Stallion is a book published in 1974 that was written by Michael Moorcock.

28048. 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 …

28050. Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey

Hayden Carruth

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

28051. Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left

Robin Klein

Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left is a 1985 novel by Australian children's author Robin Klein which also became a children's television series. The story focuses on an alien family who seek refuge on Earth, in the small town of Bellwood. Klein also wrote a sequel novel …

28055. The Sundering Flood

William Morris

The Sundering Flood is a fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. The Sundering Flood was Morris' last work of …

28056. The Secret of Pirates' Hill

Franklin W. Dixon

The Secret of Pirates' Hill is Volume 36 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by John Almquist in 1956. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were systematically …

28057. 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 …

28058. 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 …

28060. 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.

28061. Syntactic Structures

Noam Chomsky

Syntactic Structures is a book in linguistics by American linguist Noam Chomsky, first published in 1957. A seminal work in 20th-century linguistics, it laid the foundation of Chomsky's idea of transformational grammar. It contains the famous sentence, "Colorless green ideas …

28062. 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.

28063. Flow Chart

John Ashbery

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

28064. 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.

28065. 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.

28067. The Trellisane Confrontation

David Dvorkin

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

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. The Deadly Streets

Harlan Ellison

The Deadly Streets is a collection of short stories published by author Harlan Ellison in 1958. The stories explore the violent themes Ellison experienced as part of the street gang The Barons when he was researching Web of the City.

28075. Waiting for the Mahatma

R. K. Narayan

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

28076. Secrecy

Belva Plain

Secrecy is a 1998 novel and New York Times bestseller by Belva Plain. It tells the story of Charlotte, a little girl from the Dawes family whose adolescence life was shatterded after she was raped by Ted, her uncle's stepson.

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 …

28078. The Prince

Jerry Pournelle

The Prince is a science fiction compilation by Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Stirling. It is part of the CoDominium future history series. The Prince is a compilation of four previously published novels: Falkenberg's Legion, Prince of Mercenaries, Go Tell The Spartans, and Prince of …

28080. San Diego Lightfoot Sue and Other Stories

Tom Reamy

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

28086. Never Send Flowers

John Gardner

Never Send Flowers, first published in 1993, was the thirteenth 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 …

28087. 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 …

28089. 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 …

28091. The Head of Kay's

P. G. Wodehouse

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

28094. Blackeyes

Dennis Potter

Blackeyes is a multi-layered novel by British writer Dennis Potter, published in 1987 by Faber and Faber. It concerns the relationship between sexuality, exploitation, power and money. These are explored through the career of a desirable model known as "Blackeyes". The novel was …

28096. 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.

28098. 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.

28100. 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 …

28101. 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.

28102. Penrod and Sam

Booth Tarkington

Penrod and Sam is a novel by Booth Tarkington that was first published in 1916. The book is the sequel to his 1914 work, Penrod, and focuses more on the relationship between the main character of the previous book, Penrod Schofield, and his best friend, Sam Williams. More of …

28103. 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.

28106. Heroes in Hell

Janet Morris

Heroes in Hell is an anthology book and the first volume of its namesake series, created by Janet Morris. The book placed eighth in the annual Locus Poll for Best Anthology in 1987. "Newton Sleep" by Gregory Benford, originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science …

28107. 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.

28110. I Was Dora Suarez

Derek Raymond

I was Dora Suarez is a detective novel by Derek Raymond.

28112. The Moon in the Cloud

Rosemary Harris

The Moon in the Cloud is a light-hearted children's historical fantasy novel by Rosemary Harris, published by Faber in 1968. It is set in ancient Canaan and Egypt at the time of the Biblical Flood and rooted in the story of Noah's Ark. It is the first book of a series sometimes …

28114. 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.

28117. 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.

28118. Gravity's Angels

Michael Swanwick

Gravity's Angels is a collection of science fiction stories by author Michael Swanwick. It was released in 1991 and was the author's first book published by Arkham House. It was published in an edition of 4,119 copies. The stories originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science …

28122. 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.

28125. 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 …

28130. 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 …

28131. 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 …

28132. The King's Daughter

Suzanne Martel

The King's Daughter is a historical novel for young adult readers by Suzanne Martel, first published in 1974. It follows the life of Jeanne Chatel, one of the King's Daughters of New France in the seventeenth century.

28133. Fire Angels

Jane Routley

Fire Angels is a 1998 fantasy fiction novel by Jane Routley. It follows the first book in the series, Mage Heart, with Dion reuniting with family and finding her homeland overrun with Witch Hunters and Fire Angels.

28134. 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.

28136. Identity, youth, and crisis

Erik Erikson

Book by Erik Erikson

28141. Times Without Number

John Brunner

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

28142. 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.

28144. 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 …

28146. 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.

28147. The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at The …

Gay Talese

The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at The New York Times: The Institution That Influences the World is a 1969 book by Gay Talese about the inner workings of The New York Times, the newspaper where Talese had worked for 12 years. The book was originally subtitled "The …

28148. 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.

28150. A Rebel in Time

Harry Harrison

A Rebel in Time was written by Harry Harrison in 1983 and is a science fiction novel.

28153. The Sea Fairies

Lyman Frank Baum

The Sea Fairies is a children's fantasy novel written by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill, and published in 1911 by the Reilly & Britton Company, the publisher of Baum's series of Oz books. Baum dedicated the book to the otherwise-unknown "Judith of Randolph, …

28154. 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 …

28155. 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 …

28158. 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 …

28163. 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."

28164. Third Watch

Anne McCaffrey

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

28165. Sos the Rope

Piers Anthony

Sos the Rope is a book published in 1968 that was written by Piers Anthony.

28168. Sleeping Dogs

Sonya Hartnett

Sleeping Dogs is a 1995 young adult novel by Australian author, Sonya Hartnett. The novel centers on the depressed Willow family, isolated, dysfunctional and violent. Bow Fox, an artist, arrives to stay at the family's caravan park, precipitating a dark downward spiral.

28170. Little Things

Rebecca Moesta

Little Things is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

28173. Sun Horse, Moon Horse

Rosemary Sutcliff

Sun Horse, Moon Horse is a historical novel for children written by Rosemary Sutcliff and published in 1977. It takes place in Bronze Age Britain, telling the tale of a chieftain's son of the Iceni who is caught up in a conflict with the neighboring Attribates, and plays an …

28179. 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.

28184. The Puppet Masters

Robert A. Heinlein

The Puppet Masters is a 1951 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein in which American secret agents battle parasitic invaders from outer space. The novel was originally serialised in Galaxy Science Fiction. The book evokes a sense of paranoia later captured in the 1956 film …

28188. The Pain and the Great One

Judy Blume

The Pain and the Great One is a children's picture book published in 1974, written by Judy Blume and illustrated by Irene Trivas. This is the only picture book written by Blume, though many of her other novels, notably The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo and Tales of a …

28191. 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 …

28193. 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 …

28195. 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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