J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy debuted at #3 on the fiction chart in Spain in December, good enough to place it right behind Fifty Shades of Grey, which held steady at #2. Neither book was able to knock The Tango of the Old Guard by Arturo Pérez-Reverte from its spot atop the chart. On the nonfiction side in Spain, former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar’s autobiography, Memoires I, debuted at #2, landing just behind the third and final volume in the Pope’s Jesus of Nazareth series, The Infancy Narratives.

Chef Jamie Oliver saw his book, Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals, hit #4 in the Netherlands, where it landed behind Michel van Egmond’s Gijp, which jumped to #3 from #15 last month. Oliver has had huge success in the U.S., beginning with The Naked Chef in 2000 (Hyperion), which to date has sold over 120,000 copies at outlets tracked by Nielsen BookScan and is still his biggest seller. In total, Hyperion has published eight books by Oliver and each has sold more than 50,000 copies each.

Oliver was overshadowed in the Netherlands, though—and France and Spain, for that matter—by the Fifty Shades trilogy, which appeared on all three charts this month. The three books that make up the trilogy made the top six in the Netherlands, and in France only Joël Dicker’s The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair was able to sell more in fiction.

International Bestsellers

1 Vijftig tinten grijs
Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
4 Jamie in 15 minuten
Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals
Jamie Oliver
2 Andy van der Meijde. Geen genade
Andy van der Meijde: No Mercy
Thijs Slegers
Voetbal International
5 Vijftig tinten donkerder
Fifty Shades Darker
E.L. James
3 Gijp
Michel van Egmond
De Buitenspelers
6 Vijftig tinten vrij
Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James
For week ending December 30, 2012, used by arrangement with Stichting CPNB

Fiction Nonfiction
1 La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joël Dicker
Ed. de Fallois/L’Age d’homme
Le dictionnaire de Laurent Baffie
The Dictionary of Laurent Baffie
Laurent Baffie
Editions Kero
2 Fifty shades, vol. 1: Cinquante nuances de Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
Tout seul
All Alone
Raymond Domenech
3 Le sermon sur la chute de Rome
The Sermon on the Demise of Rome
Jérôme Ferrari
Actes Sud
Carnets secrets
Secret Notebooks
Jean-Luc Delarue
For week ending December 23, 2012, used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo/Ipsos

Fiction Nonfiction
1 El tango de la Guardia Vieja
The Tango of the Old Guard
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
La infancia de Jesús
Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
Joseph Ratzinger
2 Cincuenta sombras de Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
Memorias I
Memories I
José María Aznar
3 Una vacante imprevista
The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling
El arte de no amargarse la vida
The Art of Not Making Our Lives Miserable
Rafael Santandreu
For week ending January 4, 2013, used by arrangement with El Cultural