Newcomers to the international bestseller lists locked down the top spots in several markets in October. Haruki Murakami’s much anticipated novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, the author’s first since 1Q84, hit #1 on Spain’s fiction list (Knopf will publish a translation in the U.S. in fall 2014). Anna Gavalda led the French list with her new novel Billie, which tells the story of a man and a woman who try to hit the restart button on their relationship.

New releases occupied the top three spots on Sweden’s fiction list last month. Leif G.W. Persson’s The True Story of Pinocchio’s Nose, billed as a “wicked fairy tale for grown-up children,” grabbed #1. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson landed in the #2 spot (HarperCollins will publish a translation in the U.S. in April 2014).

On the nonfiction side, María de Villota’s Life is a Gift landed on the Spanish list at #1. De Villota, a Formula One test driver, died in October at the age of 33, just prior to the book’s publication. I Can Promise and Promise, Fernando Ónega’s biography of Adolfo Suárez, Spain’s first democratically elected prime minister after the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, debuted in the #2 spot. Hanging on to the #1 spot on France’s nonfiction chart was Lorànt Deutsch’s Hexagon: On the Road of French History, a collection of biographies of 26 famous French men and women throughout history. Cécilia Attias’s A Desire for Truth landed on the country’s nonfiction list at #2. And another newbie, From Light to Oblivion, journalist and TV host Michel Drucker’s account of his life in show business, hit the #3 spot.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Los años de peregrinación del chico sin color
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami
La vida es un regalo
Life is a Gift
María de Villota
2 Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto
Shoot, I’m Already Dead
Julia Navarro
Plaza & Janés
Puedo prometer y prometo
I Can Promise and Promise
Fernando Ónega
Plaza & Janés
3 La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert
The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair
Joël Dicker
El sueño de Alicia
Alice’s Dream
Eduardo Punset


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Billie
Anna Gavalda
Hexagone. sur les routes de l’histoire de France
Hexagon: On the Road of French History
Lorànt Deutsch
Michel Lafon
2 Cinq jours
Five Days
Douglas Kennedy
Une envie de vérité
A Desire for Truth
Cécilia Attias
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 De la lumière à l’oubli
From Light to Oblivion
Michel Drucker
Robert Laffont


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Den sanna historien om Pinocchios näsa
The True Story of Pinocchio’s Nose
Leif G.W. Persson
Albert Bonniers förlag
Vår kokbok
Our Cookbook
Coop provkök
2 Analfabeten som kunde räkna
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Jonas Jonasson
Ulrika Davidssons kokbok om 5:2
Ulrika Davidsson’s 5:2 Cookbook
Ulrika Davidsson
3 Lyckliga gatan
Happy Nation
Liza Marklund
438 dagar
438 Days
Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson