The 10 most popular French authors in France in 2016

Literature is important in France and French authors are known and appreciated all over the world. Every year a list of the most widely read authors in France is produced. Here is the Top 10 most read French authors in France for 2016.


livre de Guillaume MUSSO

1-Guillaume MUSSO - 1.833.300 exemplaires

Guillaume MUSSO was born in 1974 in Antibes. He presently is one of the most known French author in the world. His novel ‘Et Après’ published in 2004 and telling the story of a 10 year old child after a near death experience was sold more than 3 million copies and is translated in more than 20 languages throughout the world. Among his most popular books you can find, Sauve-moi, Seras-tu là ?, Parce que je t’aime, Je reviens te chercher, Que serais-je sans toi ?, La Fille de Papier, L’Appel de l’ange, 7 ans après, Demain and Central Park.

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livre Michel BUSSI

2-Michel BUSSI - 1.135.300 exemplaires

Michel BUSSI was born in Louviers in 1965. He is a crime fiction writer (whodunit or Polar in French). He is a geography teacher at the University of Rouen in France. His first book Code Lupin is published in 2006. Michel BUSSI is an author who is very appreciated by the public and awarded several times. In 2013, he becomes the most widely read French author of thrillers and ranks 8th in the list of best-selling French authors (GFK / Le Figaro). In 2014, he is in the 5th place and at the end of 2015, he climbs on the third step of the podium. In 2016, he is in the second place. Among his most popular books you can find, Omaha Crimes, Un avion sans elle, Ne lâche pas ma main, N’oublier jamais, Maman à tort and Le temps est assassin.For further informations:


livre de Marc LEVY

3-Marc LEVY - 1.024.200 exemplaires

Marc LEVY was born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1961. He is a well known writer in the world. His first novel ‘Et si c’était vrai’ is published in 2000. He has written it for his son and the book was a worldwide success and was adapted to the cinema in 2005. After this first achievement he devoted himself to writing and all his novels figured at the head of the lists of sale as soon as they were published. Among his most known novels are: Où es-tu?, 7 jours pour une éternité, Vous revoir, Le voleur d’ombres, Elle et lui, L’horizon à l’envers… For further informations:


Françoise BOURDIN livres

4-Françoise BOURDIN - 679 300 exemplaires

Françoise BOURDIN was born in Paris in 1962. She is a French writer who has published more than forty books at the moment. She usually writes family dramas. Her characters are often people in whom readers can relate. Her slogan is “Des histoires qui nous ressemblent” which means "Stories that resemble us" in French. She is a discrete author who is not much in the lights. Among her most known novels are: D’eau et de feu, A feu et à sang, la promesse de l’océan, Au nom du père, Un mariage d’amour, Les soleils mouillés, and L’homme de leur vie… For further informations:


Laurent GOUNELLE  livre

5-Laurent GOUNELLE -675 400 exemplaires

Laurent GOUNELLE was born in 1966. He graduated in Economics and was Human Resources Consultant for fifteen years, he began writing his first novel in 2006 after a year full of emotion, after the loss of his father and his best friend, the birth of his son. Laurent Gounelle releases his first novel “L’homme qui voulait être heureux” or ‘The man who wanted to be happy’ in English in 2008 which becomes a world bestseller leading sales in France and translated into more than twenty languages. Among his most known novels you can find: Les Dieux voyagent toujours incognito (Awarded in 2011), Le philosophe qui n’était pas sage, Le jour où j’ai appris à vivre and Et tu trouveras le trésors qui dort en toi.For further informations:



6-Gille LEGARDINIER - 604 000 exemplaires

Gille LEGARDINIER was born in Paris in 1965. He is a French writer and screenwriter. He worked on American and English film stages. He has directed commercials and trailers for documentaries and big budget films. Today in addition to writing he deals with communication in the cinema field for large studios and scenarios. He is a writer who is capable of alternating several different genres. Among his most known works are: L’exil des anges (Awarded in 2010), Le sceau des maîtres, Nous étions les hommes, Demain j’arrête!, Complètement cramé!, Et soudain tout change, Ca peut pas rater! …For further informations:


Franck THILLIEZ livre


Franck THILLIEZ was born in Annecy in 1973. He is a writer of crime fictions and a screenwriter. His second novel ‘Train d’enfer pour Ange rouge’ was nominated for the SNCF Prize for the Polar in 2004. It is also the author of ‘La chambre des morts’ (The Chamber of the deads in English) published in 2005 which won several prizes as well, in particular: The price of the readers Quai du polar in 2006 and the SNCF prize of the French polar in 2007. This novel also allows him to stop his work as a computer scientist and devote himself to writing. Among his most known novels you can find: Deuils de miel, La Forêt des ombres, La Mémoire fantôme, L'Anneau de Moebius and Fractures.For further informations:




Agnès MARTIN-LUGAND was born in Saint-Malo in 1979. She is a French novelist and she graduated in psychology. Her first novel Les gens heureux lisent et boivent du café (Happy People read and drink coffee in English) appeared in self-publishing on Amazon's Kindle platform in 2012, it quickly became a success and opened the doors of the publishing house Michel Lafon for her. It was translated into several languages as well.For further informations:


Maxime CHATTAM livre

9-Maxime CHATTAM

Maxime CHATTAM was born in Herblay in 1976. After studying criminology he specializes in the writing of crime fictions. However, he also writes plays, comic strips and so on. He published Le cinquième règne (The fifth reign in English) in 1999 under the pseudonym Maxime Williams. His main works are: La Trilogie du mal (The Trilogy of Evil) , Le cycle de l’homme (The Cycle of Man) and Autre-Monde (Other World), among many others.


David FOENKINOS was born in Paris in 1974. From time to time he also works on film scenarios. Le Potentiel érotique de ma femme (The erotic potential of my wife in English), published in 2004, receives the Roger-Nimier prize the same year and his career is experiencing a strong take-off. However, it is his novel Charlotte that makes people and media talk the most about him. Very controversial by the critics he is finalist of the Prix Goncourt, he receives the Renaudot Prize and the Prix Goncourt of high school students. He also gets the Crystal Globe for the best novel of the year in 2014. Among his works you can also find Délicatesse published in 2009 (Awarded in 2010).


These authors are important French cultural references and are part of French culture. There is a book for every taste! The choice is yours ~



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