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.

28201. 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 …

28202. The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete …

Arthur Conan Doyle

A cause for international celebration―the most important Sherlock Holmes publication in four decades. This monumental edition promises to be the most important new contribution to Sherlock Holmes literature since William Baring-Gould's 1967 classic work. In this boxed set, …

28203. 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 …

28205. Auschwitz Report

Primo Levi

Auschwitz Report is a non-fiction report on the Auschwitz extermination camp by Primo Levi and Leonardo de Benedetti. Whilst in a Soviet holding camp in Katowice in 1945, Levi and de Benedetti were asked by the Soviet authorities to document the living conditions in Auschwitz. …

28209. 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 …

28210. The Short Life of Sophie Scholl

Hermann Vinke

The Short Life of Sophie Scholl is a book written by Hermann Vinke.

28215. The Zen Gun

Barrington J. Bayley

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

28216. Shadows on our Skin

Jennifer Johnston

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

28219. The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to …

Peter Hitchens

The Abolition of Britain is the first book by conservative journalist Peter Hitchens. Originally published in 1999, it charts and examines a period of perceived moral and cultural reform between the 1960s and the New Labour general election win in 1997. Hitchens asserts that the …

28220. 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 …

28223. 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.

28225. 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.

28226. 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 …

28228. 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.

28230. 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 …

28232. Hinge & sign

Heather McHugh

Hinge & sign is the book written by Heather McHugh.

28235. 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 …

28236. Saville

David Storey

Saville is a Booker Prize-winning novel by English writer David Storey.

28242. 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.

28243. 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.

28245. The Rose and the Yew Tree

Agatha Christie

The Rose and the Yew Tree is a tragedy novel written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by William Heinemann Ltd in November 1948 and in the US by Farrar & Rinehart later in the same year. It is the fourth of six novels Christie published under the nom-de-plume …

28246. Party Going

Henry Green

Party Going is a 1939 novel by British writer Henry Green. It tells the story of a group of wealthy people travelling by train to a house party. Due to fog, however, the train is much delayed and the group takes rooms in the adjacent large railway hotel. All the action of the …

28247. 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 …

28249. Hush Little Baby

Caroline B. Cooney

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

28250. Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey

Hayden Carruth

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

28253. Flesh

Philip José Farmer

Flesh is an American science fiction novel written by Philip José Farmer. Originally released in 1960, it was Farmer's second novel-length publication, after The Green Odyssey. Flesh features many sexual themes, as is typical of Farmer's earliest work.

28258. 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 …

28259. Something to Answer For

P. H. Newby

Something to Answer For is a novel by the English writer P. H. Newby. Its chief claim to fame is that it was the winner of the inaugural Booker Prize, which would go on to become one of the major literary awards in the English-speaking world.

28260. 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 …

28261. Mystery of the Whale Tattoo

Franklin W. Dixon

Mystery of the Whale Tattoo is Volume 47 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Jerrold Mundis in 1968.

28263. 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.

28264. Flow Chart

John Ashbery

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

28268. The Trellisane Confrontation

David Dvorkin

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

28270. The Centre of the Circle

Jonathan Wylie

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

28274. 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 …

28275. 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 …

28277. San Diego Lightfoot Sue and Other Stories

Tom Reamy

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

28278. Michaelmas

Algis Budrys

Michaelmas is a science fiction novel by Algis Budrys.

28279. An Eye for an Eye

Malorie Blackman

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

28281. The Great Depression: America, 1929–1941

Robert S. McElvaine

The Great Depression: America, 1929–1941 is a 1984 history of the Great Depression by acclaimed historian Robert S. McElvaine. In this interpretive history, McElvaine discusses the causes and the results of the worst depression in American history, covering the time from 1929 to …

28283. Pure Dead Brilliant

Debi Gliori

Pure dead brilliant is a book published in 2003 that was written by Debi Gliori.

28284. 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 …

28286. Killer's Payoff

Ed McBain

Killer's Payoff is the sixth 87th Precinct novel by Ed McBain.

28290. 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.

28292. The Road to Samarcand

Patrick O'Brian

The Road to Samarcand is a novel by English author Patrick O'Brian, published in 1954 and set in Asia during the 1930s. Derrick, an American teen, is brought to China with his missionary parents, then orphaned. He goes to sea with his uncle Captain Sullivan and Ross, the …

28293. 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 …

28296. 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.

28300. 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.

28302. 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 …

28305. 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.

28309. Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky

Elphinstone Dayrell

Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky is a book written by Elphinstone Dayrell and illustrated by Blair Lent.

28311. 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 …

28315. 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 …

28317. Jackson Pollock: An American Saga

Steven Naifeh

Jackson Pollock: An American Saga is a 1989 biography of expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. It was considered "well-researched" by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and inspired Ed Harris to adapt it to film as Pollock in 2000. …

28318. Dragons of Light

Orson Scott Card

Dragons of Light is an anthology edited by Orson Scott Card. It contains thirteen stories by different writers.

28322. The complete poems of Kenneth Rexroth

Kenneth Rexroth

The complete poems of Kenneth Rexroth is a collection of poems by Kenneth Rexroth.

28323. 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 …

28331. The Color of My Words

Lynn Joseph

The Color of My Words is an award winning young adult fiction book by American author Lynn Joseph. It was published in 2000 by Harper-Collins. The book has also been translated into Korean as 그리그리나무위에는초록바다가있다 / Gŭri gŭri namu wi enŭn chʻorok pada ka itta and Spanish as El color …

28335. The Tree Bride

Bharati Mukherjee

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

28336. 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.

28338. 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 …

28340. 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.

28342. 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 …

28344. A Rebel in Time

Harry Harrison

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

28347. 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, …

28348. 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 …

28351. 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 …

28352. A Matter of Profit

Hilari Bell

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

28356. 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."

28357. Third Watch

Anne McCaffrey

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

28358. 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 …

28360. Sos the Rope

Piers Anthony

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

28362. The Village by the Sea

Anita Desai

The Village by the Sea: an Indian family story is a novel for young people by the Indian writer Anita Desai, published in London by Heinemann in 1982. It is based on the poverty, hardships and sorrow faced by a small rural, community in India. Desai won the annual Guardian …

28365. 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.

28366. Little Things

Rebecca Moesta

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

28368. 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. …

28373. 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.

28376. Green Monkey Dreams

Isobelle Carmody

"Green Monkey Dreams" is a 1996 fantasy short story by Isobelle Carmody.

28379. 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 …

28384. A Slight Detour

Christopher Stasheff

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

28388. 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 …

28393. 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, …

28397. 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 …



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