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brakid-ys_coverThe Icelandic Publishers Association publishes bestseller lists compiled by the Centre for Retail Studies on a weekly basis and this week two crime fictions and a cookbook top the list: Brakið (“The Wreck”) by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is number one.

Einvígið (“The Duel”) by Arnaldur Indriðason places second on the current bestseller list and Heilsuréttir Hagkaups (“Hagkaup’s Health Dishes”) by Sólveig Eiríksdóttir is number three.

This is the second time in three weeks that Yrsa’s book has climbed to the top of the bestseller list where Arnaldur has had a permanent spot in the past years.

Yrsa was thrilled about this development, however stating that she isn’t competing with Arnaldur. “It isn’t between us. First and foremost, one has to think of oneself. Each book is an independent work of fiction and although it is successful now, the next one might not be as successful,” the author told Fréttablaðið.

Their new crime novels will be printed in 45,000 copies combined and if estimates are correct, Icelanders will invest ISK 215 million (USD 1.8 million, EUR 1.4 million) in these two books this Christmas.

If we take the entire year into account, from January 1 to December 1, a work of Swedish fiction by Jonas Jonasson The Centenarian Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is the best-selling book of 2011, so far.

Number two is a cookbook for children, The Big Disney, Cake and Bread Book, whereas the recently-published Einvígið by Arnaldur has already climbed to number three.


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