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The Best-Selling Books in 10 Countries Around the World

Even internationally, E.L. James’ publishing phenomenon, the Fifty Shades trilogy, dominated 2012.

According to Flavorwire, these are the bestselling books in 10 countries around the world.


The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata has supposedly sold over a million copies in Indonesia.

The UK

Nothing too surprising on the list of bestselling books in the United Kingdom – it includes a lot of J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, and Stieg Larsson. The Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James also factor pretty heavily, as do The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.


In 2012, five of the top bestsellers in China were Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, On China by Henry Kissinger, Peter Hessler’s River Town, and Soulstealers: The Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768, by Alden Kuhn.


The surprise top seller for two years running in Norway is a literary translation of the Bible, which makes the Bible read more like a novel. The publishers, who in a country the size of Norway were hoping for sales of 25,000-75,000 copies the first year, instead sold over 150,000.


Some highlights of the bestselling books in India: Corporate Chanakya by Radhakrishnan Pillai, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel In Cartoons, by Jeff Kinney, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, by Walter Isaacson, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and 2 States: The Story Of My Marriage, by Chetan Bhagat


In terms of fiction, the Australian bestseller list was topped by All That I Am by Melbourne-born Anna Funder, which won the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award.


The Fifty Shades trilogy occupied three of the top seven bestelling slots for Mexico book retailers in 2012. Other names present included Paulo Coelho, Angeles Mastretta, Stephen Chbosky and more.


The best-selling book in Brazil’s history is Agape, a self-help volume written by Brazilian Catholic priest Marcelo Rossi, which sold 7.7 million copies in the first 21 months after its publication. Just before Christmas, the publisher released Agapinho, an illustrated version of the book aimed at kids, which — surprise, surprise — topped the children’s best seller chart for 2012.


The Fifty Shades trilogy dominated in the land of wine and cheese, too (those books really get around…).

Other best-sellers this year were Joël Dicker’s La Verite sur l’affaire Harry Quebert, Jean Echenoz’s 14, J. K. Rowling’s Une place a prendre (The Casual Vacancy), and Patrick Modiano’s L’Herbe des nuits as well as Toni Morrison’s Home and Philip Roth’s Nemesis.


The big contenders in Russia were The Green Tent by Ludmila Ulitskaya, Pineapple Water for the Fair Lady and S.N.U.F.F. by Viktor Pelevin, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, and The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco.

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