There was a lot of shuffling among the top sellers abroad last month. In Spain, the long-running bestseller Cathedral of the Sea returned to the top of the fiction charts. The novel, with more than one million copies in print in Spain, is set to be published in the U.S. by Dutton next year. Coloring Book for Adults Who Are Bored at the Office has been among the top 10 in France since spring, but until July never hit #1. Coloring, with its entertaining combination of text and illustrations, has become something of a cult hit.
Other French nonfiction bestsellers have a more serious bent, including The Smell of the Ages, a collection of essays by philosopher Jean d'Ormesson that moves to #3 from #4, and Born on a Blue Day, the memoir by autistic savant Daniel Tammet that debuted at #4; it was originally published in the U.K. in 2005.
A couple of former U.S. bestsellers have hit the charts in Germany and Spain. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince made it to #7 in Germany, benefiting from release of the movie and publicity for the final Potter volume. And Art Spiegelman's Maus, originally published in the U.S. in 1991, lands at #10 in Spain, where it is published by Minotauro.
|1||The Hedgehog's EleganceMuriel Barbery Gallimard||Coloring Book for Adults Who Are Bored at the OfficeClaire Fay Panama|
|2||The Children of FreedomMarc Levy Robert Laffont||The CampRaphaelle Bacque and Ariane Chemin Albin Michel|
|3||Because I Love YouGuillaume Musso XO||The Smell of the AgesJean d'Ormesson Editions Heloise d'Ormesson|
|For week ending July 22, used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo/Ipsos.|
|1||The Cathedral of the SeaIldefonso Falcones Grijalbo||Self-EsteemLuis Rojas Marcos Espasca-Calpe|
|2||The Frozen HeartAlmudena Grandes Tusquets||Sex CodeMario Luna Acantilado|
|3||The Blood of InnocentsJulia Navarro Plaza & Janes||The Road to CultureCesar Vidal Planeta|
|For week ending July 22, used by arrangement with El Cultural.|
|1||MillionaireTommy Jaud Scherz||I Am Off for a Little WhileHape Kerkeling Rowohlt Berlin|
|2||TannodAndrea Schenkel Edition Nautilus||The Two-Class SocietyKarl Lauterbach Rowohlt Berlin|
|3||Through a Glass, DarklyDonna Leon Diogenes||The SecretRhonda Byrne Arkana|
|For week ending July 22, used by arrangement with Buchreport.|