Leïla Slimani’s thriller Chanson douce, which opens with the killing of two children by their caretaker, took the top spot on the fiction bestseller list in France at the end of November. Earlier that month, the book won the Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary award. Slimani is a former journalist for the French-language African news magazine Jeune Afrique. In nonfiction, Révolution, by Emmanuel Macron, is #1. Macron, the former adviser to French President François Hollande, uses the book to take both the rightist and leftist parties in the French Republic to task for policies pursued over the past 30 years.

On the combined fiction and nonfiction lists in Italy, Alessandro D’Avenia’s L’arte di essere fragili is #1. Long respected in Italy for his often-bestselling literary works, poet D’Avenia teaches literature in Milan and has written several screenplays in addition to his collections. Here, he examines the life of renowned Italian poet and thinker Giacomo Leopardi.

Spain sees Dolores Redondo’s Todo esto te daré—which won the biggest Spanish-language literary prize, the Planeta Prize, in November—at #1 on its fiction list. On the nonfiction list, the self-help book Los secretos que jamás te contaron, by the multitalented Albert Espinosa, is #1. Trained as an industrial engineer, Espinosa has worked as a screenwriter, playwright, writer, actor, director, and newspaper columnist at El Periódico de Catalunya.


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Chanson douce
Soft Song
Leïla Slimani
Emmanuel Macron
2 Petit pays
Little Country
Gaël Faye
Grasset et Fasquelle
Vaincre le totalitarisme islamique
Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism
François Fillon
Albin Michel
3 Ta deuxième vie commence quand tu comprends que tu n’en as qu’une
Your Second Life Begins When You Understand That You Only Have One
Raphaëlle Giordano
Un président ne devrait pas dire ça...:
les secrets d’un quinquennat
A President Should Not Say That:
Secrets of Five Years in Office
Fabrice Lhomme & Gérard Davet

For the week ended Nov. 27; used by arrangement with GFK/Livres Hebdo


Combined Fiction and Nonfiction
1 L’arte di essere fragili
The Art of Being Fragile
Alessandro D’Avenia
4 Harry Potter e la maledizione dell’erede
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
2 La paranza dei bambini
The Children’s Fishing Boat
Roberto Saviano
5 Veri amici
True Friends
Mondadori Electa
3 La dieta della longevità
The Longevity Diet
Valter Longo
Vallardi A.
6 L’estate fredda
Cool Summer
Gianrico Carofiglio

For the week ended Nov. 16; used by arrangement with Informazioni Editoriali


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Todo esto te daré
All This I Will Give You
Dolores Redondo
Los secretos que jamás te contaron
The Secrets I Never Told You
Albert Espinosa
2 Pasa la noche conmigo
Spend the Night with Me
Megan Maxwell
Mi dieta cojea
My Diet Limps
Aitor Sánchez García
3 Falcó
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
El universo en tu mano
The Universe in Your Hand
Cristophe Galfard
Blackie Books

For the week ended Nov. 30; used by arrangement with El Cultural