Guillaume Musso’s Brooklyn Girl has Parisians dreaming of Park Slope for the second month running, as the bestseller retains its #1 position on the fiction chart in France for April. In nonfiction, Jean-Louis Debré’s political memoir, I Couldn’t Tell, topped the list. Debré, a career judge and conservative politician, has served stints as president of both the French National Assembly and the country’s Constitutional Council—very roughly equivalent to the speaker of the House in the U.S. Congress and the chief justice of the Supreme Court, respectively. His tell-all has sparked interest.

Neighboring Germany saw a divisive politician at the top of its own nonfiction list: Thilo Sarrazin, former Deutsche Bundesbank board member, who wrote Wishful Thinking. In fiction, Jonas Jonasson’s Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All was #1. Jonasson has an international bestseller under his belt in 2012’s The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared; HarperCollins published an English translation of Hitman in the U.S. in April.

In the Netherlands, Nicci French’s sixth Frieda Klein novel, Saturday Requiem, has retained its place in the #1 position on the combined fiction and nonfiction list. A widely discussed American title has moved high onto the combined list, with Hanya Yanagihara’s acclaimed (and notoriously dismal) bildungsroman A Little Life showing more than a little life of its own—enough to claim the #6 slot on the chart.


Fiction Nonfiction
1 La fille de Brooklyn
Brooklyn Girl
Guillaume Musso
Ce que je ne pouvais pas dire
I Couldn’t Tell
Jean-Louis Debré
Robert Laffont
2 Désolée, je suis attendue
Sorry, I´m Expected
Agnès Martin-Lugand
Michel Lafon
L’homme nu
The Naked Man
Marc Dugain
Plon/Robert Laffont
3 Le mystère Henri Pick
The Henry Pick Mystery
David Foenkinos
Tout ce qu’il ne faut pas dire
Everything That Should Not Be Said
Bertrand Soubelet

For the week ended May 1; used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo/Ipsos


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Mörder Anders und seine Freunde....
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All
Jonas Jonasson
Carl’s Books
Wishful Thinking
Thilo Sarrazin
2 Unterleuten
Among People
Juli Zeh
Hitler, Mein Kampf—Eine kritische edition
Hitler, Mein Kampf: A Critical Edition
Institut für Zeitgeschichte München–Berlin
3 Alles kein zufall
No Accident at All
Elke Heidenreich
Das geheime leben der bäume
The Secret Life of Trees
Peter Wohlleben

For the week ended May 1; used by arrangement with Buchreport

The Netherlands

Combined Fiction and Nonfiction
1 Als het zaterdag wordt
Saturday Requiem
Nicci French
Ambo l Anthos
4 De verwarde cavia
Confused Guinea Pig
Paulien Cornelisse
Uitgeverij Corneliss
2 Killerbody dieet
Killer Body Diet
Fajah Lourens
5 Litmanen 10
Litmanen 10
Jari Litmanen
Voetbal International
3 Hittegolf
Suzanne Vermeer
A.W. Bruna Uitgevers
6 Een klein leven
A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara
Nieuw Amsterdam

United Kingdom

Lee Child’s Make Me, the 20th entry in the Jack Reacher series, was on top of the combined fiction and nonfiction charts in the U.K. for April. Joe Wicks’s Lean in 15, offering 15-minute healthy meals paired with workouts, came in at #2. Sylvia Day’s One with You continues to seduce audiences, taking the #3 slot, with Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling, detailing his adventures in the British Isles, was #4.

Combined Fiction and Nonfiction

Rank Title Author Imprint Unit Sales Format
1 Make Me Lee Child Bantam 92,573 Paper
2 Lean in 15 Joe Wicks Bluebird 79,872 Paper
3 One with You Sylvia Day Penguin 74,862 Paper
4 The Road to Little Dribbling Bill Bryson Black Swan 68,265 Paper
5 The Girl in the Spider’s Web David Lagercrantz Maclehose 55,626 Paper
6 Alert James Patterson Arrow 38,392 Paper
7 Star Wars Expert Guide DK DK Children 30,448 Hardcover
8 Splinter the Silence Val McDermid Sphere 28,335 Paper
9 Pretty Girls Karin Slaughter Arrow 27,249 Paper
10 SPQR Mary Beard Profile 26,664 Paper


DK’s Disney Pixar Cool Colouring Book was the #1 bestseller on the combined fiction and nonfiction list in Australia in April, with Andy and Jill Griffiths’s The Treehouse Fun Book coming in at #2. Anh Do’s Crazy Weird, the sixth entry in the WeirDo series, was #3.

Combined Fiction and Nonfiction

Rank Title Author Imprint Unit Sales Format
1 Disney Pixar Cool Colouring Book DK Parragon 22,145 Paper
2 The Treehouse Fun Book Griffiths/Griffiths Pan Australia 18,795 Paper
3 Crazy Weird Anh Do Scholastic Australia 17,209 Paper
4 Predator Smith/Cain HarperCollins Australia 14,271 Hardcover
5 One with You Sylvia Day Penguin 12,930 Paper

New Zealand

DK was #1 on New Zealand’s combined fiction and nonfiction list for April as well, with The Great New Zealand Baking Book rising from #4 in March. Wilbur Smith and Tom Cain’s Predator—which has nothing to do with the film franchise about terrifying aliens—took #2. NZ foodies helped bring Nadia Lim’s What’s for Dinner? to #3.

Combined Fiction and Nonfiction

Rank Title Author Imprint Unit Sales Format
1 The Great New Zealand Baking Book DK PQ Blackwell 2,282 Hardcover
2 Predator Smith/Cain HarperCollins Australia 2,007 Hardcover
3 What’s for Dinner? Nadia Lim Allen & Unwin 1,336 Paper
4 Fool Me Once Harlan Coben Century 1,109 Paper
5 One with You Sylvia Day Penguin 1,038 Paper

Source: Nielsen BookScan