New releases nabbed the top spots on bestseller lists across international markets in October. Patrick Modiano, the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, debuted at the top of his native France’s fiction list with his latest work, So That You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood. Edge of Eternity, the closer in Ken Follett’s bestselling Century trilogy, landed at #2 (the book was published in the U.S. in September by Dutton).
French journalist and historian Éric Zemmour’s The French Suicide led the country’s nonfiction list. The book, per the publisher, claims that the “Vichy government’s role in the Holocaust has been misunderstood.”
The Living and the Dead, a crime thriller from German writer Nele Neuhaus, hit #1 on Germany’s fiction list. Another thriller, Sebastian Fitzek’s Passenger 23, claimed the #2 spot. Lutz Seiler’s Kruso, winner of the 2014 German Book Prize, came in third.
German scientist Giulia Enders landed at the top of the combined list in the Netherlands with yet another new release, Gut Feeling, described by the publisher as an exploration of what a “complex and wonderful organ our gut is.” The book ousted the previous month’s top seller, Golden Years by Annegreet van Bergen, which fell two spots to #3. Those of Those of You, a collection of nursery rhymes and poems by Dutch children’s author Annie Schmidt, who passed away in 1995, debuted on the chart at #2.
Also new to the Dutch list was French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which hit #6. The title became an unexpected bestseller in the U.S. when it was released by Harvard University Press in March, and last month, it was awarded the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.
|1||Pour que tu ne te perdes pas |
dans le quartier
So That You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood
|Le suicide français |
The French Suicide
|2||Aux portes de l’éternité |
Edge of Eternity
|Merci pour ce moment |
Thank You for this Moment
|3||Le jour où jai appris à vivre |
The Day I Learned to Live
|500 questions que personne ne se pose |
500 Questions that Nobody Ever Asked
For the week ended Nov. 2, 2014; used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo/lpsos.
|1||Die Lebenden und die Toten |
The Living and the Dead
|Der Junge muss an die frische Luft |
The Boy Needs Some Fresh Air
|2||Passagier 23 |
|Vermächtnis. Die Kohl-Protokolle |
Legacy: The Kohl Protocols
|Der Fluch der bösen Tat |
The Curse of the Evil Deed
For October 2014; used by arrangement with Buchreport.
|1||De mooie voedselmachine |
|4||Kom hier dat ik u kus |
Come Over So That I Can Kiss You
Griet op de Beeck
|2||Die van die van u |
Those of Those of You
Annie M.G. Schmidt
|5||Bijbel in gewone taal |
The Bible in Everday Language
|3||Gouden jaren |
Annegreet van Bergen
|6||Kapitaal in de 21e eeuw |
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
De Bezige Bij
For the week ended Nov. 11, 2014; used by arrangement with CPNB De Bestseller.