Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, Born to Run, was an immediate hit when it was released at the end of September in the U.S. by Simon & Schuster, and the book topped the nonfiction bestseller list in Germany and Sweden at the end of last month. Born to Run landed in third place on the French nonfiction list, where a new title about the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was #1.

The German fiction bestseller list was led in September by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, followed by the latest thriller by the crime-writing team of Volker Klüpfel and Michael Kobr. Heavenhorn is their ninth novel that features Commissioner Kluftinger, and the series has sold millions of copies in Germany.

French songwriter and rapper Gaël Faye’s first book, Little Country, jumped to the top spot on the French fiction bestseller list at the end of last month. In late August the novel, set against the backdrop of the Rwandan Civil War, won the Fnac Award for best novel. Debuting in second place on the fiction list was the newest work from popular science fiction author Bernard Werber, Cats of Tomorrow.

Bestselling Swedish author Leif G.W. Persson’s newest novel, Can You Die Twice?, debuted in the second spot on the fiction bestseller list in September. Persson has had several books published in the U.S., including Linda, as in the Linda Murder, which was released in February by Vintage Crime.


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Petit pays
Little Country
Gaël Faye
Grasset et Fasquelle
La cause du peuple: l’histoire interdite de la présidence Sarkozy
The People’s Cause: The Forbidden Story of the Sarkozy Presidency
Patrick Buisson
2 Demain les chats
Cats of Tomorrow
Bernard Werber
Albin Michel
Les lois naturelles de l’enfant
The Natural Laws of the Child
Céline Alvarez
Les Arènes
3 Ta deuxième vie commence quand tu...
Your New Life Begins When You...
Raphaëlle Giordano
Born to Run
Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
Albin Michel

For the week ended Sept. 26; used by arrangement with GFK/Livres Hebdo


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Harry Potter und das verwunschene kind
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
Born to Run
Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
2 Himmelhorn
Volker Klüpfel & Michael Kobr
Das geheime leben der bäume
The Secret Life of Trees
Peter Wohlleben
3 Meine geniale freundin
My Brillant Friend
Elena Ferrante
Das Seelenleben der tiere
The Mental Life of Animals
Peter Wohlleben

For the week ended Oct. 2; used by arrangement with Buchreport


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Äkta amerikanska jeans
Real American Jeans
Jan Guillou
Born to Run
Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
Natur & Kultur
2 Kan man dö två gånger?
Can You Die Twice?
Leif G.W. Persson
Albert Bonniers Förlag
Mikael Lindnord & Val Hudson
Bokförlaget Forum
3 Hennes nya namn
The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante
Riktiga Elsie
Real Elsie
Elsie Johansson
Albert Bonniers Förlag