(Paris) The French writer Guillaume Musso, translated into 42 languages, won in 2020, for the tenth consecutive year, as the most read writer in France, by crushing the competition, according to a list revealed by the newspaper Le Figaro Wednesday.
According to data from GfK, a marketing institute that relies on large-format and pocket-size sales in thousands of physical and online outlets, Mr. Musso sold 1,509,662 copies during the year.
He is clearly ahead of his pursuers, Virginie Grimaldi (827,561 copies) and Michel Bussi (815,003 copies), author of detective novels also translated into 33 languages.
According to another GfK ranking published a week earlier, Guillaume Musso, 46, placed two titles among the ten best-selling books of 2020: The secret life of writers (2e) and Life is a novel (5e).
This novelist published by Calmann-Lévy owes his success to his breathless intrigues, his endearing characters and his dynamic style which attract a very diverse audience, but also for several years have earned him a higher esteem in literary criticism.
“There is only one” millionaire “among French writers”, greets Le Figaro.
After Virginie Grimaldi (And that only the sweet moments last) and Michel Bussi (In the dreaded sun) follows an author of detective novels, Franck Thilliez (Twice upon a time), fourth with nearly 742,000 copies.
The first foreigner is French-speaking Swiss Joël Dicker, fifth with some 735,000 copies. It has the particularity of selling much less in pocket than its competitors, for lack of being present among the two best distributed pocket publishers, Paperback and Pocket.
Marc Levy, which his editor Robert Laffont presents as the most read author in France in the XXIe century, is sixth in 2020, with 675,000 copies.
The living French author generally considered to be the most influential in the world, Michel Houellebecq, came out of this “top 10” where he was ninth in 2019, thanks to Serotonin. It publishes less often than its highly successful competitors, at the rate of a novel every four or five years.
Another bookstore phenomenon, the 2020 Goncourt Hervé Le Tellier Prize (The anomaly, around 440,000 copies over the year) does not appear in this classification either, where it is necessary to have exceeded 565,000 books sold.