14.01.09 Philip Jones writing in The Bookseller
Hosseini, with two novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Follett, with World without End, are the only two writers to have books in the top 10 fiction charts of seven of the nine countries where data was captured.
When the sales rankings of individual hits are factored in Larsson becomes the second biggest selling writer internationally, behind Hosseini.
Stephenie Meyer, Muriel Barbery, J K Rowling, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and Henning Mankell made it into the top 10 fiction lists of four countries.
However, only 48 writers had top 10 hits in more than one territory, with fewer, just 21 authors, charting in three countries or more.
Roberto Saviano, with Gomorra, should be added to this group, but his book is labelled as fiction in some countries and as non-fiction in others.
The international bestsellers lists are compiled by consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart, and are derived from publications including Buchreport, China Publishing Today, El Cultural, Boekblad, and Svensk Bokhandel.
List of authors and the number of countries they had top 10 hits in: