French novelist Michel Houellebecq’s latest was the top- Please by Antonio Manzini, the 12th volume in the popular selling fiction title in December in his home country, and murder mystery series featuring Deputy Police Chief Rocco it remained there at the end of January. Serotonin, the most Schiavone. HarperCollins has published the first three titles in the recent in Houellebecq’s line of provocative novels about series in the U.S. In second place on Italy’s combined bestseller troubled middle-aged men, also finished January at #1 in fiction list was another book that is part of a bestselling series: The Moon in Germany and at #2 in Spain, and it landed at #5 on Italy’s combined bestseller list for mid-January. Serotonin will be published in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus and Giroux next year.

Taking the top spot in Italy in mid-January was No More Bets Sister by Lucinda Riley is the fifth volume in her Seven Sisters series; it was also #2 on the Netherlands’ combined January list. The novel is being released in the U.S. by Atria on February 19.


Rank Title Author Imprint
1 Sérotonine (Serotonin) Michel Houellebecq Flammarion
2 L’outsider (The Outsider) Stephen King Albin Michel
3 Cupidon a des ailes en carton (Cupid’s Wings Are Made of Paper) Raphaëlle Giordano Plon
1 A nous la liberté! (Inner Freedom) Matthieu Ricard et al. L’Iconoclaste
2 Vital! (Vital!) Frédéric Saldmann Albin Michel
3 Brève encyclopédie du monde Volume 3, Sagesse (Brief Encyclopedia of the World, Vol. 3: Wisdom) Michel Onfray Albin Michel


Rank Title Author Imprint
1 Serotonin (Serotonin) Michel Houellebecq DuMont
2 Mittagsstunde (Noon) Dörte Hansen Penguin
3 Das Licht (Outside Looking In) T.C. Boyle Hanser
1 Becoming (Becoming) Michelle Obama Goldmann
2 Kurze Antworten auf große Fragen (Brief Answers to the Big Questions) Stephen Hawking Klett-Cotta
3 Der Ernährungskompass (The Diet Compass) Bas Kast C. Bertelsmann


Fiction & Nonfiction Combined
Rank Title Author Imprint
1 Rien ne va plus (No More Bets Please) Antonio Manzini Sellerio Editore Palermo
2 La ragazza della luna (The Moon Sister) Lucinda Riley Giunti Editore
3 L’amica genial (My Brilliant Friend) Elena Ferrante E/O
4 Storia del nuovo cognome (The Story of a New Name) Elena Ferrante E/O
5 Serotonina (Serotonin) Michel Houellebecq La nave di Teseo
6 Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta. Elena Ferrante E/O