Agnès Martin-Lugand returned to the top of the French bestseller list at the end of March with her ninth novel, The Dacha. Martin-Lugand began her career as a self-published author but has now sold nearly 3.5 million books worldwide, according to online literary magazine Actualitte . She is published in the U.S. by Hachette. In the second spot was The Whirlwind of Life by Aurélie Valognes, whose books are published in the U.S. by AmazonCrossing. The French nonfiction list was topped by English illustrator Sharon Jones’s guided journal for personal confession, Burn After Writing, first published in 2014.
Germany’s top fiction title in late March was On Humans by Julie Zeh, in which a woman spends the Covid-19 lockdown in the countryside and has her values challenged by a right-wing neighbor. Zeh is published in the U.S. by Doubleday. Chemist and TV star Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim held the top spot on the German nonfiction list with The Lowest Common Denominator; she is published in North America by Greystone Books.
Javier Cercas topped the fiction bestseller list in Spain at the end of March with Independence, a sequel to his Planeta Prize–winning Terra Alta. He is published in the U.S. by Knopf. Classicist Irene Vallejo’s Infinity in a Reed, remained #1 on the Spanish nonfiction list. It will be published in the U.S. by Knopf.