New titles commandeered the top slots across the bestseller lists in international markets in September. In France, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Was Stuck in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puértolas topped the fiction list. The debut novel is described as an “incredible adventure of a fakir, stuck in a wardrobe, coupled with a sparkling love story that will lead to the four corners of Europe and the post-Gaddafi Libya.” On the nonfiction side, France had three new leaders at the top of the chart. Hexagon: On the Road of French History by Lorànt Deutsch was the country’s bestselling nonfiction title. The author provides biographies of 26 famous French men and women from the sixth century B.C.E. to the present day.

On Sweden’s fiction list, Jan Guillou’s Between Red and Black debuted at #1. Set in between World War I and the Roaring ’20s, the novel follows the story of a set of brothers. Guillou is also author of the popular Crusades Trilogy, published by Harper in the U.S. Also new to the country’s fiction list in September was Fredrik Backman’s My Grandma Sends Her Greetings and Apologizes, a follow-up to the author’s A Man Called Ove.

The top of Spain’s fiction chart was also overhauled, with new titles occupying the first three spots. At #1 was The Discreet Hero, the latest novel from Peruvian writer and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. The book is set in the capital city of Lima and Piura, a northern Peruvian town. Julia Navarro’s Shoot, I’m Already Dead hit the #2 spot, while And the Mountain Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, released in Spain at the beginning of the month, sat at #3.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 L’extraordinaire voyage du fakir qui était resté coincé dans une armoire Ikea
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Was Stuck in an Ikea Wardrobe
Romain Puértolas
Hexagone. sur les routes de l’histoire de France
Hexagon: On the Road of French History
Lorànt Deutsch
Michel Lafon
2 La nostalgie heureuse
The Happy Nostalgia
Amélie Nothomb
Albin Michel
Le monde comme il me parle
The World As It Speaks to Me
Olivier de Kersauson
Le Cherche Midi
3 Un jour je m’en irai sans en avoir tout dit
One Day I Will Go Without Being Told Everything
Jean d’Ormesson
Robert Laffont
Plaidoyer pour l’altruisme: la force de la bienveillance
Advocacy for Altruism: The Strength of Kindness
Matthieu Ricard


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Mellan rött och svart
Between Red and Black
Jan Guillou
5:2 kokboken
The 5:2 Cookbook
Angela Dowden
Tukan Förlag
2 Handen. Ett fall för Wallander
The Hand: A Case for Wallander
Henning Mankell
Leopard förlag
5:2 dieten
The Fast Diet
Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer
Bonnier Fakta
3 Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt
My Grandma Sends Her Greetings and Apologizes
Fredrik Backman
Ulrika Davidssons kokbok om 5:2
Ulrika Davidsson’s 5:2 Cookbook
Ulrika Davidsson


Fiction Nonfiction
1 El héroe discreto
The Discreet Hero
Mario Vargas Llosa
El sueño de Alicia
Alice’s Dream
Eduardo Punset
2 Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto
Shoot, I’m Already Dead
Julia Navarro
Plaza & Janes
La enzima prodigiosa
The Enzyme Factor
Hiromi Shinya
3 Y las montañas hablaron
And the Mountain Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
Cosas no aburridas para ser la mar de feliz
Exciting Things for a Sea of Happiness
Mr. Wonderful