After winning France’s most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, early in November, Compass by Mathias Enard moved up to the third spot in the country’s fiction bestseller list at the end of the month. A number of Enard’s earlier works have been published in the U.S. by Open Letter, but New Directions acquired the U.S. rights to Compass, which it will release in early 2017. The top-selling novel in France at the end of November was Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan. Bloomsbury published one of de Vigan’s most popular books, Nothing Holds Back the Night: A Novel, in the U.S. last year; the house will release Based on a True Story simultaneously in the U.S. and U.K. in spring 2017.

The three highest-selling novels in Spain at the end of November were all new to the list. In the number-one spot was Kisses on Bread by Almundea Grandes, followed by The Secret of the Missing Model by Eduardo Mendoza. Three of the top four bestsellers on the Netherlands’ combined list were also new at the end of November. The American Princess by Annejet van der Zijl was in first place. New in second place was Ma by Hugo Burst, Holland’s well-known soccer journalist, who takes on his relationship with his mother in his newest book.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Los besos en el pan
Kisses on Bread
Almudena Grandes
En movimiento: Una vida
Moving: A Life
Oliver Sacks
2 El secreto de la modelo extraviada
The Secret of the Missing Model
Eduardo Mendoza
Seix Barral
Despertad al diplodocus
Wake Up Diplodocus
José Antonio Marina
3 Ll último adiós
The Lake House
Kate Morton
Suma de Letras
James Rhodes
Blackie Books

For the week ended Dec. 10; used by arrangement with El Cultural

The Netherlands

1 De Amerikaanse prinses
The American Princess
Annejet van der Zijl
4 Judas
Amos Oz
De Bezige Bij
2 Ma
Hugo Borst
5 Dit kan niet waar zijn
This Can’t Be True
Joris Luyendijk
Atlas Contact
3 Neem een geit
Take a Goat
Claudia de Breij
6 Wat one niet zal doden
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
David Lagercrantz

For the week ended Nov. 29; used by arrangement with CPNB De Bestseller


Fiction Nonfiction
1 D’après une histoire vraie
Based on a True Story
Delphine de Vigan
Le charme discret de I’intestin
The Discret Charm of the Intestine
Gluila Enders
Actes Sud
2 Le livre des Baltimore
The Book of Baltimore
Joël Dicker
Ed. de Fallois
Le moment est venu de dire ce que j’ai vu
The Time Has Come to Say What I Saw
Phillppe de Villers
Albin Michel
3 Boussole
Mathias Enard
Actes Sud
La puissance de la joie
The Power of Joy
Frédéric Lenoir

For the week ended Dec. 6; used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo/Ipsos