Germany saw the first of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friend, at #1 on the fiction list at the end of August. A bestseller in its native Italy and a phenomenon in translation in the American market, it has hit the bestseller lists in a number of countries worldwide since its 2012 release. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling’s summer blockbuster in the U.S., landed in the second fiction spot in Germany.

German forester Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees led in nonfiction in Germany. The book is published by Canada’s Greystone Books in North America and debuted at #6 on our Hardcover Nonfiction list this week.

Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend appeared on Sweden’s fiction list as well, at #2, below Jan Guillou’s Real American Jeans, the sixth book in his Great Century series, which follows three talented boys from a poor fishing village in Norway as they travel the world during the 20th century. Food Pharmacy, two bloggers’ guide to eating healthy, topped nonfiction.

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy topped the nonfiction charts in France with Everything for France, which lays out his agenda for the country should he be elected back to the office in 2017. Sarkozy announced his bid for president shortly before the book’s publication on August 24. In fiction, Belgian author Amélie Nothomb’s 25th novel, Riquet with the Tuft—a reimagining of the adult fairy tale by Charles Perrault—was on top at the end of August.

August International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Riquet à la houppe
Riquet with the Tuft
Amélie Nothomb
Albin Michel
Tout pour la France
Everything for France
Nicolas Sarkozy
2 Ecoutez nos défaites
Hear Our Defeats
Laurent Gaudé
Actes Sud
Les lois naturelles de l’enfant
The Natural Laws of the Child
Céline Alvarez
Les Arènes
3 Ta deuxième vie commence quand tu comprends que tu n’en as qu’une
Your New Life Begins When You Understand That You Don’t Have a...
Raphaëlle Giordano
Le charme discret de l’intestin
The Discreet Charm of the Intestine
Giulia Enders
Actes Sud

For the week ended Sept. 4; used by arrangement with GFK/Livres Hebdo


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Meine geniale Freundin
My Brillant Friend
Elena Ferrante
Das geheime Leben der Bäume
The Hidden Life of Trees
Peter Wohlleben
2 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
Little, Brown
Das Seelenleben der Tiere
The Mental Life of Animals
Peter Wohlleben
3 Die Entscheidung
The Decision
Charlotte Link
Die neuen Deutschen
The New Germans
Herfried Münkler & Marina Münkler

For the week ended Aug. 28; used by arrangement with Buchreport


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Äkta amerikanska jeans
Real American Jeans
Jan Guillou
Food pharmacy
Food Pharmacy
Mia Clase & Lina Nertby Aurell
Bonnier Fakta
2 Min fantastiska väninna
My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante
Brain Strong
Anders Hansen
3 Sov du lilla videung
Sleep, You Little Young Willow
Cilla & Rolf Börjlind
Hjälp ditt barn med matte genom hela grundskolan och gymnasiet
Help Your Child with Math Throughout Primary and Secondary School
Carol Vorderman
Tukan Förlag

For the week ended Aug. 16; used by arrangement with Svensk Bokhandel