Literature: Guillaume Musso in 2022 for the 12th consecutive year number one in sales in France

Literature: Guillaume Musso in 2022 for the 12th consecutive year number one in sales in France

For the 12th time in a row, the writer Guillaume Musso took first place in book sales in France according to the ranking of the marketing institute GfK.

Invincible No. 1. In 2022, for the 12th time in a row, Guillaume Musso remains the sales king in the ranking of the benchmark institute GfK, which is published in Le Figaro.

The 48-year-old author of Life is a Novel has sold 1.383 million copies of his books, well ahead of his competitors. They are followed by the Swiss Joël Dicker, 37 (988,000 copies), who was not in the “Top 10” last year, and Mélissa Da Costa, 32 (845,000 copies), who made up five places.

Since 2011, Guillaume Musso has held the first place in the rankings, occupied by Marc Levy from 2004 to 2010. “I became popular without trying,” the novelist told AFP in September. Discreet and humble, hardworking, Antibois publishes a book a year without faltering. And his latest installment “Angélique” is the fourth best-selling book of 2022 and will be released at the end of September.

Annie Ernaux is supported by the Nobel Prize

Guillaume Musso is the opposite of Annie Ernaux. For the critically adored writer, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in October, seventh in the ranking is a feat of strength, as she has no title among the 50 bestsellers of 2022 and appears rather intellectual and politicized. But his publishing house, Gallimard, recovered very quickly after the announcement of the Nobel Prize, so that his books, such as “La Place” or “Le Jeune Homme”, benefited from the great attention of the booksellers, who generally admire him.

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The “loser” of this ranking is Virginie Grimaldi, who fell two places (4th place, 820,000 copies). After Pierre Lemaitre (5th, 780,000), Franck Thilliez (6th, 757,000) and Annie Ernaux (7th, 633,000), there are Valérie Perrin (8th, 632,000), Marc Levy (9th, 630,000) and Marie-Bernadette Dupuy (10th, 554,000), completing the 2022 top 10.

The latter represents “20% of sales in French and French-language fiction,” says Figaro, a consultant to GfK, Casseline Rosello.

According to GfK, book sales in France fell by 4% in 2022 to 4.3 billion euros, suffering from comparison with the exceptional year 2021. Nevertheless, as Les Echos noted, “the market grew by 12% compared to 2019, the last full year before the pandemic”.

Note that literature accounts for 27% of the market, ahead of comics (23%) and children’s books (16%). This equates to 159 million novels, short story or poetry collections sold, or 2.3 per capita.