Dan Brown’s latest novel, Origin, was in the top spot on the fiction bestseller list in France at the end of October, and was only bested by Ken Follett’s gargantuan 900-page A Column of Fire in Spain and Fear of Flying 7A, Sebastian Fitzek’s new novel in Germany. (Origin was also #3 in Sweden and #1 in the Netherlands and Italy).

Fear of Flying 7A is a thriller about a plot to hijack and crash a flight from Buenos Aires to Berlin. Relatively few books by Fitzek, a top-selling author in Germany, have appeared in English translations so far.

In nonfiction, a pair of self-help books—Richard David Precht’s Know Yourself and Rolf Dobelli’s The Art of the Good Life—bracket Peter Wohlleben’s The Secret Network of Nature, which was at #2. Both Wohlleben’s and Dobelli’s books are already published in English translations.

The French are also enamored with Wohlleben; his previous global bestseller, The Secret Life of Trees, topped the nonfiction list at the end of October, followed by Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, last month’s #1, now in the second slot.

With Spain and its Catalonia region in a tense standoff over Catalonia’s bid for independence, Listen, Catalonia. Listen, Spain was #1 on the Spanish nonfiction list last month.


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Origine
Dan Brown
La vie secrète des arbres
The Hidden Life of Trees
Peter Wohlleben
Les Arènes
2 On la trouvait plutôt jolie
People Found Her Rather Pretty
Michel Bussi
Presses de la Cité
Homo deus: une brève histoire de l’avenir
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Yuval Noah Harari
Albin Michel
3 Trois baisers
Three Kisses
Katherine Pancol
Albin Michel
Sapiens: une brève histoire de l’humanité
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Albin Michel

For the week ended Oct. 29; used by arrangement with GFK/Livres Hebdo


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Flugangst 7A
Fear of Flying 7A
Sebastian Fitzek
Droemer HC
Erkenne dich selbst
Know Yourself
Richard David Precht
2 Origin
Dan Brown
Bastei Lübbe
Das geheime netzwerk der natur
The Hidden Life of Animals
Peter Wohlleben
3 Die hauptstadt
The Capital
Robert Menasse
Die kunst des guten lebens
The Art of the Good Life
Rolf Dobelli

For the week ended Oct. 29; used by arrangement with Buchreport


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Una columna de fuego
A Column of Fire
Ken Follett
Plaza & Janés
Escucha, Cataluña. Escucha, España
Listen, Catalonia. Listen, Spain
Josep Borrell et al.
2 Origen
Dan Brown
Cree en ti
Believe in Yourself
Rut Nieves
3 Los pacientes del doctor García
Dr. García’s Patients
Almudena Grandes
Defectos perfectos
Perfect Defects

For the week ended Oct. 29; used by arrangement with El Cultural