New titles occupied the top six spots on the Netherlands combined bestseller chart in May. Kieft, Michel van Egmond’s biography of the retired Dutch soccer player Wim Kieft, led the pack, followed by Karin Slaughter’s Cop Town at #2. (Delacorte published the novel in the U.S. on June 24).

In third place on the country’s overall chart was Colleen Dorsey’s Band-It, originally published in the U.S. as Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry in October 2013 by Fox Chapel. The book is a how-to on how to make rubber band jewelry using a loom, a phenomenon that became one of the hottest trends of the 2013 holiday season in the U.S. One of Dorsey’s follow-up titles, Epic Rubber Band Crafts, released by Fox Chapel in February, hit Netherland’s list at #6 under the title Epic Band-It.

The One You Love, from Swedish crime writer Mari Jungstedt, a novel about the mysterious death of a real estate agent, debuted on Sweden’s fiction chart in May at #1, pushing the previous month’s top title, Majgull Axelsson’s My Name Is Not Miriam, to #3. Torgny Lindgren’s Klingsor and the Last Hash jumped from the #9 spot to #2. Eva Robild’s gardening book, Cultivate in a Raised Bed, moved from #2 to the top spot on the country’s nonfiction list, sending Jonas Trolle’s The Hunt for Captain Dress to #2. Another soccer title, former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson’s autobiography, was new to Sweden’s list at #3.

Sveva Casati Modignani’s novel A Magical Wife was new to Italy’s combined list, hitting the #1 spot. The book moved the April bestseller, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, to the #2 spot. The film adaptation of the novel, published in 2006 by Knopf in the U.S., premiered in Italy on March 27. Terzani Tiziano’s An Idea of ​Destiny, a collection of notes, diary entries, and letters written by the Italian journalist while working as a correspondent in China, was also new to Italy’s list at #3.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Den man älskar
The One You Love
Mari Jungstedt
Albert Bonniers förlag
Odla i pallkrage
Cultivate in a Raised Bed
Eva Robild
Ica Bokförlag
2 Klingsor
Klingsor and the Last Hash
Torgny Lindgren
Jakten på Kapten klänning
The Hunt for Captain Dress
Jonas Trolle
Grasset/Albin Michel
3 Jag heter inte Miriam
My Name Is Not Miriam
Majgull Axelsson
Min självbiografi
My Autobiography
Alex Ferguson

For the month ended May 18, 2014; used by arrangement with Svensk Bokhandel


1 Kieft
Michel van Egmond
Voetbal International
4 Geachte heer M.
Dear Mr. M.
Herman Koch
2 Veroordeeld
Cop Town
Karin Slaughter
5 Goudkust
Gold Coast
Suzanne Vermeer
3 Band-it
Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry
Colleen Dorsey
Tirion Creatief
6 Epic Band-it!
Epic Rubber Band Crafts
Colleen Dorsey
Tirion Creatief

For the week ended May 4, 2014; used by arrangement with CPNB De Bestseller.


1 La moglie magica
A Magical Wife
Sveva Casati Modignani
Sperling & Kupfer
4 La piramide di fango
The Pyramid of Mud
Andrea Camilleri
Sellerio Editore Palermo
2 Storia di una ladra di libri
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
5 Pantera
Stefano Benni and Luca Ralli
3 Un’idea di destino: Diari di una vita straordinaria
An Idea of Destiny: Diaries of an Extraordinary Life
Terzani Tiziano
6 Il cardellino
The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt

For May 2014; used by arrangement with Informazioni Editoriali.