Books that showed strong on English language bestseller lists in recent months populated the top spots on foreign charts in November. Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, which has been on Publishers Weekly’s bestseller list since its September release, debuted at #2 on the fiction lists in both Spain and France.

The Cuckoo’s Calling took the U.S. by storm this summer when it was revealed that Robert Galbraith, the author, is a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling, and the novel landed at #3 on the German fiction list last month. Jonas Jonasson’s The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden (which was originally published in Swedish and will be published stateside by Ecco in April) ousted Germany’s previous #1 novel, Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, bumping the latter down to #2.

The leading fiction titles in Spain, other than King’s Sleep, were also new to the list, and both were by Spanish authors. Clara Sanchez’s Heaven Is Back, described by the publisher as a “subtle, gripping mystery about the price of success,” took the top spot. Megan Maxwell’s Surprise Me, the fourth erotic novel in her Ask Me Anything series, hit #3.

Goodbye Up There by Pierre Lemaitre led the pack on France’s fiction list. The novel follows two men who realize that France “has no use for them” after World War I, and “decide to exact vengeance on their homeland and contrive an immoral scam that will throw the whole country into turmoil,” according to the publisher. King trails Lemaitre at #2, and The Blood of Betrayal, Hervé Jourdain’s novel about a serial killer, made its first appearance on the list at #3.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Die Analphabetin die rechnen konnte
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Jonas Jonasson
Carl´s Books
Guido M. Kretschmer
Edel Books
2 Traumsammler
And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
S. Fischer
Die Schlafwandler
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
Christopher Clark
3 Der Ruf des Kuckucks
The Cuckoo’s Calling
Robert Galbraith
Da geht noch was
It’s Never Too Late: Turning the bend at 65
Christine Westermann
Kiepenheuer & Witsch


Fiction Nonfiction
1 El cielo ha vuelto
Heaven Is Back
Clara Sánchez
La vida es un regalo
Life Is a Gift
María de Villota
2 Doctor sueño
Doctor Sleep
Stephen King
Plaza & Janes
Puedo prometer y prometo
I Can Promise and Promise
Fernando Ónega
Plaza & Janés
3 Sorpréndeme
Surprise Me
Megan Maxwell
Todo lo que era sólido
All That Was Solid
Antonio Muñoz Molina
Seix Barral


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Au revoir là-haut
Goodbye Up There
Pierre Lemaitre
Albin Michel
Hexagone. sur les routes de 
l’histoire de France
Hexagon: On the Road of French History
Lorànt Deutsch
Michel Lafon
2 Docteur sleep
Doctor Sleep
Stephen King
Albin Michel
On a tiré sur le Président
We Shot the President
Philippe Labro
3 Le sang de la trahison
The Blood of Betrayal
Hervé Jourdain
Voyages en absurdie
Travelling Absurdly
Stéphane de Groodt and Christophe Debacq