The French public's fascination with Cecilia, the ex-wife of president Nicolas Sarkozy, was deep enough to put books about her in the two top spots on France's nonfiction list in January, while a biography of Sarkozy himself debuted at #4. In Germany, Andrew Morton's biography of Tom Cruise landed at #6, while Love Yourself and Enjoy Your Next Marriage moved up to #3 and author Eva-Maria Zurhorst's earlier book, Love Yourself and Enjoy Your Next Crisis, returned to the list at #5. In Spain, The Secret remained at #1, and Stephen Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell landed at #5.
On the fiction lists, The Cathedral of the Sea, a longtime bestseller in Spain, debuted in the top spot in Germany in January; in Spain, World Without End, a bestseller in the U.S., landed in the top spot. The highest debut in France was The Road, which came in at #3. Castles in the Sky, the third and final volume in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, landed at #6. Debuting at #2 in Germany was The Last Weynfeldt, the latest book by the Swiss writer Martin Suter, about a 50-something bachelor whose life turns around after he meets a young woman. Just cracking the top 10 in Spain was the graphic memoir Persepolis.
|1||Headache at SchoolDaniel Pennac Gallimard||CeciliaAnna Bitton Flammarion|
|2||The Hedgehog's EleganceMuriel Barbery Gallimard||Cecilia: The Face Behind the Ex-First LadyDenis Demonpion/Laurent Leger Pygmalion|
|3||The RoadCormac McCarthy Editions de L'Olivier||A LifeSimone Veil Stock|
|For week ending January 26, used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo.|
|1||The Cathedral of the SeaIldefonso Falcones Scherz||I Am Off for a Little WhileHape Kerkeling Malik|
|2||The Last WeynfeldtMartin Suter Diogenes||The SecretRhonda Byrne Arkana|
|3||Lunch LadyJulia Franck S. Fischer||Love Yourself and Enjoy Your Next MarriageEva-Marie Zurhorst Arkana|
|For week ending January 26, used by arrangement with Buchreport.|
|1||World Without EndKen Follett Plaza & Janes||The SecretRhonda Byrne Urano|
|2||A Day of RageArturo Perez-Reverte Alfaguara||The City That WasFederico Jimenez Losantos Temas de Hoy|
|3||The Boy in the Striped PajamasJohn Boyne Salamandra||The Sum of DaysIsabel Allende Arete|
|For week ending January 26, used by arrangement with El Cultural.|