The most surprising bestseller in international markets in March was in the Netherlands, where John Williams’s classic novel Stoner reached #1. First published in 1965, Stoner is undoubtedly an “American novel,” following a poor farming boy’s time at a state university in Missouri at the beginning of the 20th century. Still, the book is seeing astounding sales, not only in the Netherlands, but in France, Spain, Italy, and Israel. New York Review Books Classics released a paperback edition of Stoner in the U.S. in 2006 and an e-book edition in 2010; since then it’s become one of the top-selling books on the publisher’s list. According to Dutch publisher Lebowski, there are 85,000 copies of Stoner in print in the Netherlands.

Debuting at #2 in Italy is Simonetta Agnello Hornby’s The Poison of the Oleander. Three of Hornby’s novels have been published in the U.S.: The Almond Picker and The Marchesa (both by Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and, The Nun by Europa Editions in late 2011.

Dora Heldt, a German author and bestseller, debuted at #3 in her native country. Three of her titles have been acquired by AmazonCrossing in the U.S.: Life After Forty, Inseparable, and Tidal Shift; the latter will be released in May 2013. The #1 fiction title in Germany at the end of March was He’s Back, a satire that envisions Hitler alive in 21st-century Berlin.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Er ist wieder da
He’s Back
Timur Vermes
Das Geheimnis des perfekten Tages
The Secret of Having a Perfect Day
Dieter Nuhr
Bastei Lübbe
2 Herzblut
Heart Blood
Volker Klüpfel, Michael Kobr
Ego. Das Spiel des Lebens
Ego: The Game of Life
Frank Schirrmacher
3 Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Sie haben gewonnen!
Congratulations, You’ve Won!
Dora Heldt dtv
Das große
Los Jackpot
Meike Winnemuth


1 La rivoluzione della luna
The Revolution of the Moon
Andrea Camilleri
Sellerio Editore Palermo
4 Letto di ossa
The Bone Bed
Patricia Cornwell
2 Il veleno dell’oleandro
The Poison of the Oleander
Simonetta Agnello Hornby
5 Vendetta di sangue
Vicious Circle
Wilbur Smith
3 Fai bei sogni Create
Beautiful Dreams
Massimo Gramellini
6 Sua Santità. Le carte segrete di Benedetto XVI
His Holiness: The Secret Documents of Benedict XVI
Gianluigi Nuzzi


1 Stoner
John Williams
4 De bakkersdochter
The Baker’s Daughter
Sarah McCoy
2 Slaap
The Sandman
Lars Kepler
5 De vergelding
The Retaliation
Jan Brokken
Atlas | Contact
3 Vader
Karl Ove Knausgård
De Geus
6 Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman
Bert Nederlof
Voetbal International