French writers, kings of Europe

Four French rank among the top 20 best-selling authors in Europe.

Muriel Barbery, Tatiana de Rosnay, Anna Gavalda, and Marc Levy, four French writers, included in the top 20 best-selling authors in Europe in 2010, according to the "Diversity Report 2010," a study that analyzes the market for novels in 14 European Union countries.

Three women, one man Muriel Barbery, the author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, is ranked 6th, Tatiana de Rosnay, French novelist who writes in English and has published Rose, the ninth, Anna Gavalda is an Escape to beautiful 12th. Finally, Marc Levy, a champion of sales in France last year with The Thief of shadows, up the rear in the twentieth place. Interviewed by Europe 1, he said he was very touched by being read throughout Europe. "To be read by someone who lives thousands of miles from my home and my culture is an immense pleasure. It is a pleasure comparable to a musician who toured and will play in a foreign room" at he said.

The French have another reason to rejoice: this is the fourth language of origin represented in the European charts after English, Swedish and Italian.

Swedish crime fiction is always attracted the Swede Stieg Larsson, father of the Millennium trilogy, which is leading the ranking with 24% of European sales in 2010, ahead of American Stephenie Meyer, creator of the Twilight saga.

The Afghan-born writer Khaled Hosseini, author of Kites of Kabul and A Thousand Splendid Suns, rises on the third place.

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