To see the international success of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy, just take a look at Italy, where the entire trilogy figures among the top six bestselling October titles. The only title to overtake the Fifty Shades books was Hold on Hope: Christmas Letter to the Family 2012 by Angelo Cardinal Scola, who also wrote The Nuptial Mystery, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing in 2005. Even though all three books in the trilogy have slipped in the rankings in Italy (Fifty Shades of Grey from #1 to #2; Darker from #3 to #4; Freed from #4 to #6), James can take comfort in the sales in France, where Fifty Shades of Grey debuted at #1. Behind the blockbuster in France are two other fiction megahits: Winter of the World and then The Casual Vacancy.

On the nonfiction side in France, self-help author Boris Cyrulnik’s Save Yourself, Life Is Calling You takes the #1 spot. Tarcher published Cyrulnik’s Resilience: How Your Inner Strength Can Set You Free from the Past in February.

Germany’s #1 fiction title is Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus. The German novelist will see her first book published in the U.S. in January when Snow White Must Die comes out from Minotaur.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Böser Wolf
Bad Wolf
Nele Neuhaus
Neukölln ist überall
Neukölln Is Everywhere
Heinz Buschkowsky
2 Er ist wieder da
He’s Back
Timur Vermes
BLUFF! Die Fälschung der Welt
Bluff! The Falsification of the World
Manfred Lütz
3 Winter der Welt
Winter of the World
Ken Follett
Bastei Lübbe
Die Kunst des klaren Denkens
The Art of Precise Reasoning
Rolf Dobelli
Carl Hanser


1 Tenere accesa la speranza. Lettera di Natale alle famiglie 2012
Hold on Hope: Christmas Letter to the Family 2012
Angelo Scola
Centro Ambrosiano
Cinquanta sfumature di nero
Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James
2 Cinquanta sfumature di grigio
Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
Mettiamoci a cucinare Let’s
Get Cooking
Benedetta Parodi
3 Una voce di notte
A Voice in the Night
Andrea Camilleri
Sellerio Editore Palermo
Cinquanta sfumature di rosso
Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Cinquante nuances de Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
Sauve-toi, la vie t’appelle
Save Yourself, Life Is Calling You
Boris Cyrulnik
Odile Jacob
2 Le siècle, tome 2: L’hiver du monde
Winter of the World
Ken Follett
Robert Laffont
Grand Corps Malade
Don Quichotte editions
3 Une place à prendre
The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling
Le dictionnaire de Laurent Baffie
The Dictionary of Laurent Baffie
Laurent Baffie
Editions Kero