France saw a new top-selling title on its fiction chart in April with Marc Levy’s Another Idea of Happiness, published April 24. Levy bumped the previous #1 book, Guillaume Musso’s Central Park, to the #2 spot. The second book in Katherine Pancol’s Muchachas series, Muchachas, Vol. 2, followed at #3.

The top of Sweden’s fiction list was dominated by new releases. Majgull Axelsson’s My Name Is Not Miriam took the top spot, followed by The Little Old Lady Strikes Again by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg at #2. In the third slot was Child of the Shadows, the 15th book in Anna Jansson’s Maria Wern series.

The film adaptation of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief opened in Italian theaters at the end of March, bumping the novel up from the #13 spot on Italy’s combined chart to #1 (Knopf published the novel in the U.S. in 2006). In another example of the page-to-screen effect, Divergent, the first book in Veronica Roth’s phenomenally popular trilogy of the same name, also hit high on the list, debuting at #3 (the film adaptation premiered in Italy on April 3). Beppe Severgnini’s Life Is a Journey was sandwiched by the international bestsellers at #2.

On the nonfiction front, And Do Not Forget to Be Happy by Christophe André led the pack on France’s list in April. The book bumped France’s previous nonfiction top-seller, Traveling Absurdly by Stéphane de Groodt and Christophe Debacq, to the #3 spot, with Philippe Torreton’s Granny holding firm at #2.

In April, the top two Swedish nonfiction titles were new to the list. The Hunt for Captain Dress, by Jonas Trolle, took the #1 spot, with Eva Robild’s Cultivate in Raised Bed, a gardening how-to, at #2.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Une autre idée du Bonheur
Another Idea of Happiness
Marc Levy
Robert Laffont
Et n’oublie pas d’être heureux
And Do Not Forget to Be Happy
Christophe André
Odile Jacob
2 Central Park
Central Park
Guillaume Musso
Philippe Torreton
3 Muchachas, Vol. 2
Muchachas, Vol. 2
Katherine Pancol
Albin Michel
Voyages en absurdie
Traveling Absurdly
De Groodt/Debacq Plon


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Jag heter inte Miriam
My Name Is Not Miriam
Majgull Axelsson
Jakten på Kapten klänning
The Hunt for Captain Dress
Jonas Trolle
Leopard Förlag
2 Låna är silver råna är guld
The Little Old Lady Strikes Again
Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
Odla i pallkrage
Cultivate in Raised Bed
Eva Robild
Ica Bokförlag
3 Skymningens barfotabarn
Child of the Shadows
Anna Jansson
Med känsla för barns självkänsla
Awareness of Children’s Self-Esteem
Petra Krantz Lindgren
Bonnier Fakta


1 Storia di una ladra di libri
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
4 Inseguendo un’ombra
Chasing a Shadow
Andrea Camilleri
Sellerio Editore Palermo
2 La vita è un viaggio
Life Is a Journey
Beppe Severgnini
5 Il pipistrello
The Bat
Jo Nesbø
3 Divergent
Veronica Roth
De Agostini
6 L’armata dei sonnambuli
The Army of Sleepwalkers
Wu Ming