October was a big month for new books in Italy: 12 of the 20 titles on Informazioni Editoriali's combined fiction and nonfiction bestseller list were new entries, including Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love at #2; Paulo Coelho's The Valkyries at #6; and Ken Follett's Fall of Giants at #10. Other books debuting on the list were two from bestselling crime writer Andrea Camilleri: Intermittent and Lips Are Sealed, which Camilleri coauthored with Carlo Lucarelli, and a new children's book by the prolific Geronimo Stilton, Sixth Journey into the Realm of Fantasy. It landed in the #16 spot. Scholastic publishes Stilton, whose books have been translated into 35 languages, in the U.S.; his Karate Mouse is due out here in January.
Fall of Giants, which Dutton released here September 28, is, unsurprisingly, an international success. In addition to hitting Italy's list, it debuted in the #1 spot in France and Germany, and at #5 in the U.K.
Children's and YA books are doing well in the Netherlands, taking eight of the top 20 spots on CPNB De Bestseller's combined fiction and nonfiction list. With the exception of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and Roald Dahl's The Twits, all of them are by Dutch authors. Elsewhere on the list, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, which has been a book club hit here, is at #4; David Baldacci's Hell's Corner and Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love are at #6 and #7, respectively.
And while the big story coming out of Sweden for months has been crime-related novels, several of the titles on Svensk Bokhandel's list are not in that genre. In particular, Jan Wallentin's debut, Strindberg's Star, which hit the #3 spot, is billed as a "multigenre novel" involving the discovery of an ancient artifact and a cross-European chase.
1) La solitudine dei numeri primi
The Solitutude of Prime Numbers
2) Mangia prega ama
Eat, Pray, Love
4) I love mini shopping
5) I segreti del Vaticano
Secrets of the Vatican
6) Le valchirie
1) Stimmy of Het oer
Stimmy, or The Jungle in the City
Daan Remmerts de Vries & Philip
2) Hoe overleef ik mijn vader?
(en hij mij!)
How to Live with My Father?
(And HE with Me)
3) Wij zijn ons brein:
Van baarmoeder tot alzheimer
We Are Our Brains:
From Womb to Alzheimer
4)Haar naam was Sarah
Tatiana de Rosnay
Artemis & Co.
A.W. Bruna Uitgevers
1) Den döende detektiven
The Dying Detective
Leif G.W. Persson
The Paganini Contract
Lars Kepler (a pseudonym for Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril)
3) Strindbergs stjärna
1) Underbara dagar framför oss:
en biografi över Olof Palme
Wonderful Days Ahead of Us:
A Biography of Olof Palme
2) Fågelsång: 150 svenska fåglar och deras läten
Birdsongs: 150 Swedish Birds and Their Sounds
Lars Svensson; Jan Pedersen
3) LCHF—husmanskost: Den goda vägen till hälsa och viktminskning
LCHF—Household Cooking: The Tasty Way to Health and Weight Loss