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.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Pour que tu ne te perdes pas
dans le quartier
So That You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood
Patrick Modiano
Le suicide français
The French Suicide
Éric Zemmour
Albin Michel
2 Aux portes de l’éternité
Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett
Robert Laffont
Merci pour ce moment
Thank You for this Moment
Valérie Trierweiler
Les Arènes
3 Le jour où jai appris à vivre
The Day I Learned to Live
Laurent Gounelle
500 questions que personne ne se pose
500 Questions that Nobody Ever Asked
Laurent Baffie

For the week ended Nov. 2, 2014; used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo/lpsos.


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Die Lebenden und die Toten
The Living and the Dead
Nele Neuhaus
Der Junge muss an die frische Luft
The Boy Needs Some Fresh Air
Hape Kerkeling
2 Passagier 23
Passenger 23
Sebastian Fitzek
Vermächtnis. Die Kohl-Protokolle
Legacy: The Kohl Protocols
3 Kruso
Lutz Seiler
Der Fluch der bösen Tat
The Curse of the Evil Deed
Peter Scholl-Latour

For October 2014; used by arrangement with Buchreport.


1 De mooie voedselmachine
Gut Feeling
Giulia Enders
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
Van Oorschot
5 Bijbel in gewone taal
The Bible in Everday Language

Royal Jongbloed
3 Gouden jaren
Golden Years
Annegreet van Bergen
Atlas Contact
6 Kapitaal in de 21e eeuw
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty
De Bezige Bij

For the week ended Nov. 11, 2014; used by arrangement with CPNB De Bestseller.