In the waning weeks of summer, debut titles began to populate the top spots on the international bestseller lists. Although a few mainstay titles, like Dan Brown’s Inferno, held on for the month of August, several new releases fared well in the foreign markets last month.

Titles new to the list dominated the top three spots on the French fiction chart. The third book of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, Entwined with You (published by Berkley in the U.S.), debuted at #1. Day’s book was followed by Belgian novelist Amélie Nothomb’s new title, The Happy Nostalgia, which landed at #2. Albin Michel announced a 200,000 print run for the Belgian writer’s 22nd novel, which is described as an autobiographical narration of her childhood in Japan. At #3 was French journalist Jean d’Ormesson’s One Day I Will Go Without Being Told Everything.

In the Netherlands, Jens Olde Kalter’s biography of Badr Hari, the Moroccan-Dutch super heavyweight kickboxer, made its first appearance on the country’s combined bestseller list at #1. American novelists held the next two spots, with Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed landing at #2 and Brown’s Inferno coming in at #3. Yet another debut—Simone van der Vlugt’s thriller about the disappearance of a child, Tomorrow I’m Back Home—landed at #4

In Germany, Timur Vermes’s satire that ponders what would happen if Hitler were at-large in 21st-century Berlin, He’s Back, climbed from #3 to #1 on the fiction list. But, again, a handful of new titles appeared on the top half of the list, including Daniel Kehlmann’s story of three brothers, F, at #3, and American novelist Karen Slaughter’s Fallen, debuting at #4.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Crossfire, vol. 3: Enlace-moi
Entwined with You
Sylvia Day
J’ai lu
Le meilleur médicament, c’est vous!
The Best Medicine Is You!
Frédéric Saldmann
Albin Michel
2 La nostalgie heureuse
The Happy Nostalgia
Amélie Nothomb
Albin Michel
Un été avec Montaigne
A Summer with Montaigne
Antoine Compagnon
Ed. des Equateurs
3 Un jour je m’en irai sans en avoir tout dit
One Day I Will Go Without Being Told Everything
Jean d’Ormesson
Robert Laffont
Immortelle randonnée: Compostelle malgré moi
Immortal Hike: Compostela Despite Me
Jean-Christophe Rufin
For week ended Sept. 1, used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo


1 Badr
Jens Olde Kalter
4 Morgen ben ik weer thuis
Tomorrow I’m Back Home
Simone van der Vlugt
2 En uit de bergen kwam de echo
And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
De Bezige Bij
5 Zusje
Rosamund Lupton
3 Inferno
Dan Brown
6 De voedselzandloper
The Food Hourglass
Kris Verburgh
Bert Bakker
For week 35, used by arrangement with CPNB De Bestseller


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Er ist wieder da
He’s Back
Timur Vermes
Goethe. Kunstwerk des Lebens
Goethe: Artwork of Life
Rüdiger Safranski
2 Inferno
Dan Brown
Bastei Lübbe
Florian Illies
S. Fischer
3 F
Daniel Kehlmann
5 Dinge, die Sterbende am meisten bereuen
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Bronnie Ware
For week 37, used by arrangement with Buchreport