In last week's PW, we listed the 2001 year-end national fiction bestsellers in hardcover and paperbacks for both adult and children's titles. Recently, Market Partners International, in its Publishing Trends newsletter, noted the 2001 year-end international fiction bestsellers. While most of the books appeared on both the U.S. and international charts, there were a few that never graced a U.S. national chart, including Baudolino by Umberto Eco, published here by Harcourt and The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho, published by HarperCollins. Eco's book was #3 on the Publishing Trends list and enjoyed sales in 32 countries; Coehlo's book was in the #10 spot and was available in 21 languages. The #1 international seller in 2001 was J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter titles (all four), and the series has been translated into 47 languages. John Grisham had two books in the top 10: The Brethren was #2 and A Painted House was #9. They were available in 29 and 23 countries, respectively. The other books on that list included: Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, #4 and published in 32 countries; Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, at #5 and available in 18 languages; Joanne Harris's Chocolat, at #6, available in 37 languages; J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings from Houghton Mifflin, at #7, available in 31 languages; and John le Carré's The Constant Gardener, with 26 international contracts.
Volume 249 Issue 12 03/25/2002