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.

9801. Funeral Games

Mary Renault

Funeral Games is a 1981 historical novel by Mary Renault, dealing with the death of Alexander the Great and its aftermath, the gradual disintegration of his empire. It is the final book of her Alexander trilogy.

9803. My Brilliant Career

Miles Franklin

My Brilliant Career is a 1901 novel written by Miles Franklin. It is the first of many novels by Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, one of the major Australian writers of her time. It was written while she was still a teenager, as a romance to amuse her friends. Franklin …

9806. Raw Spirit

Iain Banks

Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram is a nonfiction book by Iain Banks, first published in 2003. It is his only non-fiction book. The book is about whisky, or finding the perfect dram while travelling in Scotland. Other recurring themes in the book are George W. Bush, the …

9809. Back Story

Robert B. Parker

Back Story is a crime novel by Robert B. Parker, the 30th novel in his Spenser series.

9813. Flashman and the Tiger

George MacDonald Fraser

Flashman and the Tiger is a 1999 book by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the eleventh of the Flashman books.

9814. Fire Ice

Clive Cussler

Fire Ice is the third book in the NUMA Files series of books co-written by best-selling author Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos, and was published in 2002. The main character of this series is Kurt Austin. In this novel, a Russian businessman with Tsarist ambitions masterminds a …

9815. Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

Doris Pilkington

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence is an Australian book by Doris Pilkington, published in 1996. Based on a true story, the book is a personal account of an indigenous Australian family's experiences as members of the Stolen Generation – the forced removal of mixed-race children from …

9816. Make Room! Make Room!

Harry Harrison

Make Room! Make Room! is a 1966 science fiction novel written by Harry Harrison exploring the consequences of unchecked population growth on society. It was originally serialized in Impulse magazine. Set in then-future August 1999, the novel explores trends in the proportion of …

9818. Batavia's Graveyard

Mike Dash

Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny is a book by Welsh author Mike Dash about the Dutch ship Batavia, shipwrecked in 1629 on a small island in the Houtman Abrolhos atoll off the western shore of Australia. The book retells …

9820. Ring

Stephen Baxter

Ring is a 1994 science fiction novel by author Stephen Baxter. Ring tells the story of the end of the universe and the saving of mankind from its destruction. Two parallel plots are followed throughout the novel: that of Lieserl, an AI exploring the interior of the sun, and that …

9822. The Cat Who Tailed a Thief

Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Tailed a Thief is the nineteenth book in the Cat Who series of mystery novels by Lilian Jackson Braun, published in 1997.

9823. Widow's Walk

Robert B. Parker

Widow's Walk is a detective novel by American crime writer Robert B. Parker, the 29th in his Spenser series.

9824. Critical Mass

Philip Ball

Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another is a non-fiction book by English chemist and physicist Philip Ball, originally published in 2004, discusses the concept of a “physics of society”. Ball examines past thinkers, such as Thomas Hobbes, Lewis Mumford, Emyr Hughes, and …

9825. The Romantic Manifesto

Ayn Rand

The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature is a non-fiction work by Ayn Rand, a collection of essays regarding the nature of art. It was first published in 1969, with a second, revised edition published in 1975.

9826. Lies Across America

James W. Loewen

Lies Across America a 1999 book by James Loewen, and is a follow up sequel to his 1995 work Lies My Teacher Told Me. The book focuses on historical markers and museums across the United States. The book starts on the West Coast and moves east, a deliberate break from the …

9829. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

Bartolomé de las Casas

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies is an account written by the Spanish Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas in 1542 about the mistreatment of the indigenous peoples of the Americas in colonial times and sent to then Prince Philip II of Spain. He wrote it for …

9832. Inheritance

Christopher Paolini

ERAGONWhen Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. Can Eragon …

9836. Catch Me When I Fall

Nicci French

Catch Me When I Fall is a psychological thriller by Nicci French, about a woman unknowingly afflicted with bipolar disorder, and how this sets her life on a spiral of self-destruction, as well as pitting her against a shadowy antagonist.

9837. Rødby-Puttgarden

Helle Helle

Rødby-Puttgarden: roman is a book written by Danish writer Helle Helle.

9838. Better Read Than Dead

Victoria Laurie

Better Read Than Dead is a book published in 2005 that was written by Victoria Laurie.

9842. The Informant

Kurt Eichenwald

The Informant is a nonfiction white-collar crime book written by journalist Kurt Eichenwald and published in 2000 by Random House. It documents the mid-1990s lysine price-fixing conspiracy case and the involvement of Archer Daniels Midland executive Mark Whitacre, inspiring a …

9843. Lincoln at Gettysburg

Garry Wills

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America written by Garry Wills and published by Simon & Schuster in 1992, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. The book uses Lincoln's notably short …

9844. A Good Hanging and Other Stories

Ian Rankin

Edinburgh is a city steeped in history and tradition, a seat of learning, of elegant living, known as the 'Athens of the North'. But that isn't all. The city's flip-side is a city of grudges, blackmail, violence, greed and fear - where past and present clash and old wounds …

9845. Teranesia

Greg Egan

Teranesia is a 1999 science fiction novel by Greg Egan. The novel won the 2000 Ditmar Award for Best Novel but Egan declined to accept the award.

9846. Mainspring

Jay Lake

Mainspring is the third novel from writer Jay Lake. It is a clockpunk science fiction/fantasy novel, of the subgenre steampunk. This novel is followed by the 2008 sequel Escapement and the 2010 sequel Pinion.

9848. The Adventures & Misadventures of Maqroll

Alvaro Mutis

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll is a compilation of novellas by Colombian author Álvaro Mutis. First published as a two-volume collection in Colombia in 1993, the work was translated into English by Edith Grossman in 2002. The novellas center on the exploits and …

9849. Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Luo Guanzhong

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, attributed to Luo Guanzhong, is a historical novel set in the turbulent years towards the end of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history, starting in 169 AD and ending with the reunification of the land in 280. The story – …

9851. Nightfall and Other Stories

Isaac Asimov

Nightfall and Other Stories is an anthology book compiling twenty previously published science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov. Asimov added a brief introduction to each story, explaining some aspect of the story's history and/or how it came to be written. The main …

9852. Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

Piper Kerman

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and …

9853. Robot Adept

Piers Anthony

Robot Adept is a book published in 1988 that was written by Piers Anthony.

9855. Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body

Armand Marie Leroi

Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body is a book written by Armand Marie Leroi.

9861. The New Confessions

William Boyd

The New Confessions is a novel of the Scottish writer William Boyd. The theme and narrative structure of the novel is modelled on Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Les Confessions, the reading of which has a huge impact on the protagonist's life. The book follows the life of John James …

9862. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow is a non-fiction children's book written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, and published in 2005. It received the Newbery Honor medal in 2006. The book is a study of the Hitler Youth, a paramilitary organization of children dedicated to …

9863. Legacies

F. Paul Wilson

Legacies is the second volume in a series of Repairman Jack books written by American author F. Paul Wilson. The book was first published in 1998 by Headline in England and by Forge Books in the US.

9868. The Quest for Saint Camber

Katherine Kurtz

The Quest for Saint Camber is a historical fantasy novel by American-born author Katherine Kurtz. It was first published by Del Rey Books in 1986. It was the ninth of Kurtz' Deryni novels to be published, and the third book in her third Deryni trilogy, The Histories of King …

9869. Night Work

Laurie R. King

Night WorkKate and her partner, Al Hawkin, are called to a scene of carefully executed murder: the victim is a muscular man, handcuffed and strangled, a stun gun's faint burn on his chest and candy in his pocket. The likeliest person to want him dead, his often-abused wife, is …

9870. The Breast

Philip Roth

The Breast is a novella by Philip Roth, in which the main character, David Kepesh, becomes a 155-pound breast. Throughout the book Kepesh fights with himself. Part of him wishes to give in to bodily desires, while the other part of him wants to be rational. Kepesh, a literature …

9871. The History Boys

Alan Bennett

"A play of depth as well as dazzle, intensely moving as well as thought-provoking and funny." --The Daily Telegraph An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (or senior) boys in a British boys' school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good …

9872. A Contract with God

Will Eisner

A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories is a 1978 graphic novel by American cartoonist Will Eisner. It is a short story cycle that revolves around poor Jewish characters who live in a tenement in New York City. Eisner produced two sequels set in the same tenement: A Life …

9873. It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken


It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken is a graphic novel by Canadian cartoonist Seth. It appeared in a collected volume in 1996 after serialization from 1993 to 1996 in issues #4–9 of Seth's comic book series Palookaville. The mock-autobiographical story tells of its author's …

9874. Mother's Milk

Edward Saint Aubyn

Mother's Milk is a novel written by Edward St Aubyn.

9875. The Nano Flower

Peter F. Hamilton

The Nano Flower is a novel by Peter F. Hamilton, published on 10 March 1995. It is the final book in the Greg Mandel trilogy.

9876. The League of Frightened Men

Rex Stout

The League of Frightened Men is the second Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout. The story was serialized in six issues of The Saturday Evening Post under the title The Frightened Men. The novel was published in 1935 by Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. The League of Frightened Men …

9880. The Road Ahead

Bill Gates

The Road Ahead is a book written by Bill Gates, co-founder and then-CEO of the Microsoft software company, together with Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold and journalist Peter Rinearson. Published in November 1995, then substantially revised about a year later, The Road Ahead …

9881. Sharra's Exile

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Sharra's Exile is a fantasy novel written by Marion Zimmer Bradley as part of the Darkover series and is a sequel to The Heritage of Hastur. This novel is a complete rewrite of The Sword of Aldones published by Ace in 1962. The second chapter of book one of Sharra's Exile was …

9882. Shinjū

Laura Joh Rowland

Shinjū is the title of the debut novel by American writer Laura Joh Rowland, a historical mystery set in 1689 Genroku-era Japan. The main character, a yoriki named Sano Ichirō, investigates a double murder disguised as a lovers' suicide, and in the process, uncovers a plot to …

9883. Mr. Sammler's Planet

Saul Bellow

Mr. Sammler's Planet is a 1970 novel by the American author Saul Bellow. It won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1971.

9884. Doctor Fischer of Geneva

Graham Greene

Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The bomb party is a novel by the English novelist Graham Greene. The eponymous party has been examined as an example of a statistical search problem.

9885. Them

Joyce Carol Oates

Them is a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, the third in the Wonderland Quartet she inaugurated with A Garden of Earthly Delights. It was first published by Vanguard in 1969 and it won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1970. Many years and many awards later, Oates surmised …

9886. Death Is Now My Neighbour

Colin Dexter

Death is Now My Neighbour is a crime novel by Colin Dexter, the 12th novel in the Inspector Morse series.

9887. The Hare with Amber Eyes

Edmund de Waal

The Hare with Amber Eyes is a family memoir by British ceramicist Edmund de Waal. De Waal tells the story of his family, the Ephrussi, once a very wealthy European Jewish banking dynasty, centered in Odessa, Vienna and Paris, and peers of the Rothschild family. The Ephrussis …

9888. Contagious

Scott Sigler

Contagious is a science fiction thriller novel by Scott Sigler. It is the sequel to Sigler's Infected, and like its predecessor was released in both podcast and print versions.

9890. Changes in the Land

William Cronon

Changes in the Land is a 1983 nonfiction book by historian William Cronon.

9891. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

Tadeusz Borowski

This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, also known as Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Gas Chamber, is a collection of short stories by Tadeusz Borowski, which were inspired by the author's concentration camp experience. The original title in the Polish language was Pożegnanie z …

9892. Fair Play

Tove Jansson

Fair Play is a novel by Finnish author Tove Jansson, first published in 1989.

9894. The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole

Sue Townsend

The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole, Margaret Hilda Roberts and Susan Lillian Townsend is the third book in the Adrian Mole series, written by Sue Townsend. It focuses on the worries and regrets of a teenage intellectual. The title is long and often shortened to the more …

9896. Lest Darkness Fall

L. Sprague de Camp

Lest Darkness Fall is an alternate history science fiction novel written in 1939 by author L. Sprague de Camp. The book is often considered one of the best examples of the alternate history genre; it is certainly one of the earliest and most influential. Alternate history author …

9898. Swallowdale

Arthur Ransome

Swallowdale is the second book in the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome. It was published in 1931. In this book, camping in the hills and moorland country around Ransome's Lake in the North features much more prominently and there is less sailing. A significant new …

9899. Tales from the White Hart

Arthur C. Clarke

Tales from the White Hart is a collection of short stories by science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, in the "club tales" style. Thirteen of the fifteen stories originally appeared across a number of different publications. "Moving Spirit" and "The Defenestration of Ermintrude …

9900. The Fog

James Herbert

The Fog is a powerful, classic horror novel that begins with a crack that rips the earth apart. Peaceful village life shattered. But the disaster is just the beginning. Out of the bottomless pit creeps a malevolent fog. Spreading through the air it leaves a deadly, horrifying …

9901. And Both Were Young

Madeleine L'Engle

And Both Were Young is a novel by Madeleine L'Engle. It tells the story of a girl at boarding school in Switzerland and the relationship she develops with a boy she meets there.

9902. National Velvet

Enid Bagnold

National Velvet is a novel by Enid Bagnold, first published in 1935.

9903. Sunwing

Kenneth Oppel

Sunwing is a children's book written in 1999 by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. It is the second book in the Silverwing series, preceded by Silverwing and succeeded by Firewing.

9904. The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History

Stephen Jay Gould

The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History, published in 1985, is the fourth volume of collected essays from evolutionary biologist and well-known science writer Stephen Jay Gould; the essays were culled from his monthly column The View of Life in Natural History …

9905. The Laws of Our Fathers

Scott Turow

The Laws of Our Fathers, published in 1996, is Scott Turow's fourth and longest novel, at 832 pages.

9906. Beowulf's Children

Larry Niven

Beowulf's Children is a science fiction novel written by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes. It is a sequel to The Legacy of Heorot. The book was published in the United Kingdom as The Dragons of Heorot in 1995. The novel concerns the actions and fate of the second …

9907. Chickenhawk

Robert Mason

Chickenhawk is Robert Mason's narrative of his experiences as a "Huey" UH-1 Iroquois helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. The book chronicles his enlistment, flight training, deployment to and experiences in Vietnam, and his experiences after returning from the war.

9908. Corduroy Mansions

Alexander McCall Smith

Corduroy Mansions is the first online novel by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. In the first series, the author wrote a chapter a day, starting on 15 Sep 2008, the series running for 20 weeks and totalling 100 episodes. The daily …

9910. A Girl Named Disaster

Nancy Farmer

This Newbery Honor book by award-winning, bestselling author Nancy Farmer is being reissued in paperback!Eleven-year-old Nhamo lives in a traditional village in Mozambique, where she doesn't quite fit in. When her family tries to force her into marrying a cruel man, she runs …

9911. Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison

Lois Lenski

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison is a children's biographical novel written and illustrated by Lois Lenski. The book was first published in 1941 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1942. It tells the story of Mary Jemison in a highly fictionalized form.

9912. Quest for Lost Heroes

David Gemmell

Quest for Lost Heroes, published in 1990, is a novel by British fantasy writer David Gemmell. It is the fourth entry in the Drenai series. The story is set several decades after and makes several references to the events in Gemmell's earlier title, The King Beyond the Gate. It …

9913. Hunter's Run

George Martin

Hunter's Run is a 2007 science fiction novel written by Daniel Abraham, Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin. It is a heavily-rewritten and expanded version of an earlier novella called Shadow Twin.

9914. The Curse of Lono

Hunter S. Thompson

The Curse of Lono is a book by Hunter S. Thompson describing his experiences in Hawaii in 1980. Originally published in 1983, the book was only in print for a short while. In 2005 it was re-released as a limited edition. Only 1000 copies were produced, each one being signed by …

9915. Native Tongue

Suzette Haden Elgin

Native Tongue is the first novel in Suzette Haden Elgin's feminist science fiction series of the same name. The trilogy is centered in a future dystopian American society where the 19th Amendment was repealed in 1996 and women have been stripped of civil rights. A group of …

9916. Dream Boy

Jim Grimsley

Dream Boy is a 1995 novel by Jim Grimsley.

9917. Island

Richard Laymon

When eight people go on a cruise in the Bahamas, they plan to swim, sunbathe and relax. Getting shipwrecked is definitely not in the script. But after the yacht blows up they're stranded on a deserted island, and there's a maniac on the loose.

9921. Q-Squared

Peter David

Q-Squared is a non-canon Star Trek novel by Peter David. It spent two weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 1994. Q-Squared was released in July 1994 as one in a series of "Giant Novels" for the Star Trek line from Pocket Books. Although the novel was primarily based on …

9922. Learning Python

Mark Lutz

Learning Python is a tutorial book for the Python programming language, and is published by O'Reilly Media. The first and second editions were written by Mark Lutz and David Ascher, and covers Python 1.5 and 2.3, respectively. The third edition was written solely by Mark Lutz, …

9923. Question Quest

Piers Anthony

Question Quest is the fourteenth book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.

9924. Small Vices

Robert B. Parker

Small Vices is the 24th Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker. The story follows Boston-based PI Spenser as he tries to solve the murder of a college student.

9925. Looking for Rachel Wallace

Robert B. Parker

Looking for Rachel Wallace is the sixth Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker, first published in 1980.

9927. The Antipope

Robert Rankin

The Antipope is a comic fantasy novel by the British author Robert Rankin. It is Rankin's first novel, and the first book in the Brentford Trilogy. The book was first published in 1981 by Pan Books, and from 1991 by Corgi books, an imprint of Transworld Publishers. Although …

9928. Spud

John van de Ruit

Spud is a 2005 novel by South African author, actor, playwright and producer, John van de Ruit. A comedic sometimes sad yet straight forward novel that captures the humor of life in boarding school, through the diary of John 'Spud' Milton. The book is written in the style of a …

9929. Enchanted Glass

Diana Wynne Jones

Enchanted Glass is a fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones which was first published in 2010.

9930. 11 Birthdays

Wendy Mass

11 Birthdays is a children's time loop novel written by Wendy Mass and first published in 2009 by Scholastic Press. It is the first novel in the Willow Falls series and it follows the life of a young girl named Amanda Ellerby who has spent each of her first ten birthdays with …

9932. Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister …

Sonya Sones

Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy is a novel in verse by Sonya Sones. The free-verse novel follows Cookie, a thirteen-year-old girl, whose older sister is hospitalized on Christmas Eve when she has an intense breakdown that is eventually diagnosed as …

9934. Half a Life

Darin Strauss

Half a Life is a book by American author Darin Strauss. It received the National Book Critics Circle Award for memoir in 2011.

9935. Little Town Where Time Stood Still

Bohumil Hrabal

From the flamboyant and unpredictable Maryska, who scandalises the town when she cuts short her golden tresses, to the eccentric Uncle Pepin, who always has to have a ready supply of furniture to smash when he's angry, Bohumil Hrabal creates a range of enchanting and memorable …

9936. Lavondyss

Robert Holdstock

Lavondyss also titled Lavondyss: Journey to an Unknown Region is the second fantasy novel of the Mythago Wood series written by Robert Holdstock. Lavondyss was originally published in 1988. The name of the novel hints at the real and mythological locales of Avon, Lyonesse, …

9937. Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

Jean-Noël Liaut

A new-look printing of Agatha Christie's `most absorbing mystery' to mark the 25th anniversary of her death. Agatha Christie died on 12 January 1976, having become the best-selling novelist in history. Her autobiography, published in 1977 a year after her death, tells of her …

9938. The President

Miguel Ángel Asturias

El Señor Presidente is a 1946 novel written in Spanish by Nobel Prize–winning Guatemalan writer and diplomat Miguel Ángel Asturias. A landmark text in Latin American literature, El Señor Presidente explores the nature of political dictatorship and its effects on society. …

9940. La Regenta

Leopoldo Alas

La Regenta is a realist novel by Spanish author Leopoldo Alas y Ureña, also known as Clarín, published in 1884 and 1885.

9941. The child of pleasure

Gabriele D'Annunzio

Il Piacere is the first novel by Gabriele d'Annunzio, written in 1889.

9942. Lonesome Traveler

Jack Kerouac

Lonesome Traveler is a collection of short stories and sketches by American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac, published in 1960. It is a compilation of Kerouac's journal entries about traveling the United States, Mexico, Morocco, the United Kingdom and France, and covers similar …

9944. The Horseman on the Roof

Jean Giono

Perhaps no other of his novels better reveals Giono's perfect balance between lyricism and narrative, description and characterization, the epic and the particular, than The Horseman on the Roof. This novel, which Giono began writing in 1934 and which was published in 1951, …

9945. The Mask of Apollo

Mary Renault

The Mask of Apollo is a historical novel written by Mary Renault. It is set in ancient Greece shortly after the Peloponnesian War. The story involves the world of live theatre and political intrigue in the Mediterranean at the time. The narrator, Nikeratos, is an invented …

9946. Solo Command

Aaron Allston

Solo Command is the seventh novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series, and the final book to detail the adventures of Wraith Squadron. It was written by Aaron Allston.

9947. The Girls of Slender Means

Muriel Spark

The Girls of Slender Means is a novella written in 1963 by Scottish author Muriel Spark. It was included in Anthony Burgess's 1984 book Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939 — A Personal Choice .

9948. A Tangled Web

Lucy Maud Montgomery

A Tangled Web is a novel by L. M. Montgomery. It is one of the few books she published that was written mainly for adults. It centers on a community consisting mainly of two families, the Penhallows and the Darks. Over three generations, 60 members of the Penhallow family have …

9949. The Power of One

Bryce Courtenay

The Power of One is a novel by Australian author Bryce Courtenay, first published in 1989. Set in South Africa during the 1930s and 1940s, it tells the story of an English boy who, through the course of the story, acquires the nickname of Peekay. It is written from the first …

9951. House of Incest

Anais Nin

House of Incest is a slim volume of 72 pages written by Anaïs Nin. Originally published in 1936, it is Anaïs Nin's first work of fiction. But unlike her diaries and erotica, House of Incest does not detail the author's relationships with famous lovers like Henry Miller, nor does …

9952. The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo is a children's book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, that tells the story of a mouse, the protagonist of the book, taking a walk in the woods. The book has sold over 13 million copies, has won several prizes for children's …

9953. The Post-Office Girl

Stefan Zweig

Wes Anderson on Stefan Zweig: "I had never heard of Zweig...when I just more or less by chance bought a copy of Beware of Pity. I loved this first book. I also read the The Post-Office Girl. The Grand Budapest Hotel has elements that were sort of stolen from both these …

9954. Five on a Treasure Island

Enid Blyton

Five on a Treasure Island is a popular children's book by Enid Blyton. It is the first book in The Famous Five series. The first edition of the book was illustrated by Eileen Soper.

9957. Chance and necessity; an essay on the natural …

Jacques Monod

"For some time now, the unpleasant idea has been dawning on mankind that it may owe its existence to nothing but a role of some cosmological dice. But until recently hard proof has been missing and the larger philosophical implications have remained obscure. What Jaques Monod is …

9960. Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Simone Beck

This is the classic cookbook, in its entirety—all 524 recipes. “Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And here is the book that, for more than forty years, has been teaching Americans how. …

9961. Good Morning, Midnight

Jean Rhys

Good Morning, Midnight is a 1939 modernist novel by the author Jean Rhys. Often considered a continuation of Rhys' three other early novels, Quartet, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie and Voyage in the Dark, it is experimental in design and deals with a woman's feelings of …

9963. The Cinderella Deal

Jennifer Crusie

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie brings humor and storytelling magic to this modern-day romance of a match made anywhere but in heaven—but destined for a fairy-tale ending.Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good …

9965. The Napoleon of Notting Hill

G. K. Chesterton

British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies-he is impossible to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide variety of avenues: he was a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, …

9967. A Love Affair

Dino Buzzati

A Love Affair is a 1963 novel by the Italian writer Dino Buzzati. It tells the story of an architect in Milan who falls in love with a much younger ballerina. The novel has an unusually conventional narrative style compared to many of the author's other works. An English …

9968. The Calculus Affair


The Calculus Affair is the eighteenth volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. The story was serialised weekly in the newly established Tintin magazine from December 1954 to February 1956. The narrative follows the attempts of young …

9969. The Lazarus Effect

Frank Herbert

The Lazarus Effect is the third science fiction novel set in the Destination: Void universe by the American author Frank Herbert and poet Bill Ransom. It takes place some time after the events in The Jesus Incident.

9970. Master Georgie

Beryl Bainbridge

When Master Georgie - George Hardy, surgeon and photographer - sets off from the cold squalor of Victorian Liverpool for the heat and glitter of the Bosphorus to offer his services in the Crimea, there straggles behind him a small caravan of devoted followers; Myrtle, his …

9972. Gone-Away Lake

Elizabeth Enright

Gone-Away Lake is a 1958 Newbery Honor winning children's book by Elizabeth Enright. It received the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1970. Gone-Away Lake tells the story of cousins who spend a summer exploring and discover a lost lake and the two people who still live there.

9973. Change of Command

Elizabeth Moon

Change of Command is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Moon, first published in 1999. It is set in her Familias Regnant fictional universe, and is the third novel in the informal Esmay Suiza trilogy.

9975. Vita

Melania Mazzucco

In April 1903, the steamship Republic spills more than two thousand immigrants onto Ellis Island. Among them are Diamante, age twelve, and Vita, nine, sent by their poor families in southern Italy to make their way in America. Amid the chaos and splendor of New York, the misery …

9976. Andromaque

Jean Racine

Andromaque is a tragedy in five acts by the French playwright Jean Racine written in alexandrine verse. It was first performed on 17 November 1667 before the court of Louis XIV in the Louvre in the private chambers of the Queen, Marie Thérèse, by the royal company of actors, …

9977. Eight Days of Luke

Diana Wynne Jones

Eight Days of Luke is a children's fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones published in 1975. It tells the tale of a neglected English boy who encounters what prove to be figures from Norse mythology.

9978. Uncle Silas

Sheridan Le Fanu

Uncle Silas is a Victorian Gothic mystery-thriller novel by the Irish writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu. It is notable as an early example of the locked room mystery subgenre. It is not a novel of the supernatural, but does show a strong interest in the occult and in the ideas of …

9979. After Virtue

Alasdair MacIntyre

When After Virtue first appeared in 1981, it was recognized as a significant and potentially controversial critique of contemporary moral philosophy. Newsweek called it “a stunning new study of ethics by one of the foremost moral philosophers in the English-speaking world.” …

9981. Riders of the Purple Sage

Zane Grey

Riders of the Purple Sage is a Western novel by Zane Grey, first published by Harper & Brothers in 1912. Considered by many critics to have played a significant role in shaping the formula of the popular Western genre, the novel has been called "the most popular western …

9983. Hothouse

Brian Aldiss

Hothouse is a 1962 award-winning fantasy/science fiction novel by British author Brian Aldiss, composed of 5 novelettes that were originally serialised in a magazine. In the US, an abridged version was published as The Long Afternoon of Earth; the full version was not published …

9984. Santa Evita

Tomas Eloy Martinez

Santa Evita is a 1995 novel by the Argentine writer Tomás Eloy Martínez. In a blend of fact and fiction, the novel focuses on the Argentine first lady Eva Perón, and tracks her embalmed corpse after her death from cancer at age 33. The book became a bestseller in Argentina and …

9986. Obsessed

Ted Dekker

A deadly tale of ultimate obsession. Stephen Friedman is making a good living in good times. He's just an ordinary guy. Or so he thinks. But one day an extraordinary piece of information tells

9987. Divine evil

Nora Roberts

Bestselling author Nora Roberts dazzles once again with a powerful tale of passion, murder, and small-town scandal. In this classic novel, a woman returns to the home she left behind, to a past that is waiting to kill her....A decade ago, sculptor Clare Kimball fled Emmitsboro, …

9988. Helliconia Summer

Brian Aldiss

Helliconia Summer is a book written by Brian W. Aldiss that was published in 1983.

9989. The Shakespeare Stealer

Gary Blackwood

The Shakespeare Stealer is a 1998 young adult novel, written by Gary Blackwood. The novel is a historical fiction novel, and takes place in Elizabethan England. It was an ALA Notable Children's Book in 1999.

9990. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American …

Drew Gilpin Faust

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War is a book by Drew Gilpin Faust.

9991. Turnabout

Margaret Peterson Haddix

In the year 2000 Melly and Anny Beth had reached the peak of old age and were ready to die. But when offered the chance to be young again by participating in a top-secret experiment called Project Turnabout, they agreed. Miraculously, the experiment worked -- Melly and Anny Beth …

9992. Bad Kitty

Michele Jaffe

Bad Kitty is a 2006 young adult novel written by Michele Jaffe. It is about a would-be girl detective and her friends. The sequel to Bad Kitty is Kitty Kitty.

9994. Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

Michael Reaves

Here's another Star Wars spinoff novel, a brisk and extremely uncomplicated action-adventure romp set on planet Coruscant immediately before the events of The Phantom Menace. After a few setting-up exercises, it's essentially a prolonged chase sequence whose implacable pursuer …

9995. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Erving Goffman

A notable contribution to our understanding of ourselves. This book explores the realm of human behavior in social situations and the way that we appear to others. Dr. Goffman uses the metaphor of theatrical performance as a framework. Each person in everyday social intercourse …

9997. Les Misérables

Victor Hugo

Les Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. In the English-speaking world, the novel is usually referred to by its original French title. However, several alternatives …

9998. The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

H. P. Lovecraft

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories is Penguin Classics' second omnibus edition of works by 20th-century American author H. P. Lovecraft. It was released in October 2001 and is still in print. This edition is the second in Penguin Classics' series of paperback …

9999. The Crime at Black Dudley

Margery Allingham

The Crime at Black Dudley, also known in the United States as The Black Dudley Murder, is a crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in 1929, in the United Kingdom by Jarrolds, London and in the United States by Doubleday Doran, New York. It introduces Albert Campion, …

10000. Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

Bohumil Hrabal

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age is a 1964 novel by the Czechoslovak writer Bohumil Hrabal. It tells the story of a man who recounts various events from his past, and in particular his love life. The novel is written in one long sentence.

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