Dan Brown’s Inferno is still selling well in many international markets, but a few notable titles began to dominate European fiction bestsellers lists in July.

The most-buzzed-about title on July’s international charts was Joël Dicker’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, ranking above Inferno in Italy and hitting #1 in Spain. The book, 28-year-old Dicker’s second, garnered lots of attention at the Frankfurt Book Fair last fall. Set along the Eastern Seaboard, in New York City and New Hampshire, the noir thriller follows Marcus Goldman, a successful young writer, as he attempts to prove the innocence of his mentor, who is accused of murdering a 15-year-old girl. Originally published by two small independent houses in Paris and Switzerland (the author’s native country), last year it won the Grand Prix du roman from the Académie française and was longlisted for France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt. The title was also one of France’s top 10 bestselling fiction books in July, and was published in Germany by Piper Verlag on August 13. MacLehose Press—a Quercus imprint that will also be handling U.S. rights—will publish in the U.K. next May.

In Italy, Pope Francis’s encyclicals, published in three different editions, were scattered among the country’s top 20 bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles, landing in the #2 spot with The Light of Faith. The presence of the encyclicals, coupled with the very literary And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, which ranked #1 on the combined list, marked a notable shift from recent Italian bestseller lists, which have been monopolized by erotic fiction in the wake of the Fifty Shades phenomenon.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Inferno
Dan Brown
Bastei Lübbe
Florian Illies
S. Fischer
2 Silber. Das erste Buch der Träume
Silber: The First Book of Dreams
Kerstin Gier
Fischer FJB
5 Dinge, die Sterbende am meisten bereuen
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Bronnie Ware
3 Er ist wieder da
He’s Back
Timur Vermes
Das große Los
Meike Winnemuth


Fiction Nonfiction
1 La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joël Dicker
La enzima prodigiosa
The Enzyme Factor
Hiromi Shinya
2 Pídeme lo que quieras, o déjame
Ask What You Want, Or Let Me
Megan Maxwell
El sueño de mi desvelo
The Dream of My Insomnia
Antoni Daimiel
3 Inferno
Dan Brown
Destroza este diarior
Wreck This Journal
Keri Smith


1 E l’eco rispose
And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
4 Inferno
Dan Brown
2 Lumen fidei
The Light of Faith
Pope Francis
Libreria Editrice Vaticana
5 Un covo di vipere
A Nest of Vipers
Andrea Camilleri
Sellerio Editore Palermo
3 La verità sul caso Harry Quebert
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joël Dicker
6 Lumen fidei. Enciclica sulla fede
The Light of Faith: Encyclical on Faith
Pope Francis
San Paolo Edizioni

*This article has been corrected. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Allen Lane will be publishing an English translation of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair in Canada. Editions de Fallois holds these rights.