British Best Sellers 2012

Ever wonder what folks are reading on the other side of the pond? These popular fiction titles were recent best sellers in England.

Me Before YouMe Before You by JoJo Moyes
A sheltered young woman accepts a job as caretaker for a former thrill-seeking executive now a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The unexpected death of a town councilman ignites a war between the haves and have-nots in a seemingly idyllic English town.

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers dangerous inconsistencies in the statements of her husband and her doctor.

The Thread by Victoria Hislop
The lives of the son of a wealthy cloth merchant and a young refugee woman intertwine to tell the story of Thessaloniki Greece during the 20th century.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel : A NovelThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
A renovated retirement home in India is missing the promised amenities and luxury but offers a life of adventure, stunning beauty and unexpected love.

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Happy in a new same-sex relationship and contemplating the start of a family, a woman is shocked when her ex-husband sues for custody of their frozen, fertilized embryos.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
A middle-aged man receives a letter from someone in his past causing him to consider the consequences of various life experiences.

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
Jacquetta of Luxembourg, left a wealthy widow after the death of the Duke of Bedford, chooses Richard Woodville as her next husband and returns to the court of Henry VI where she maneuvers the ascendency of her daughter Elizabeth.

The Kashmir Shawl : A NovelThe Kashmir Shaw by Rosie Thomas
In 1941, a newlywed accompanies her husband to a missionary posting in the exotic lakeside city of Srinagar, India, where she is swept up in a liaison that changes her life.

Fallen by Karin Slaughter
A Georgia Bureau of Investigations detective and her partner join forces with a trauma doctor to find the detective’s mother, missing after a deadly hostage situation.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, a man climbs out of the window and embarks on an adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a friendly hot dog stand operator.

PhantomKill Alex Cross by James Patterson
Detective Cross investigates the abduction of the president’s son and daughter and discovers a deadly contagion released in the capital’s water supply.

Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
Wrongly accused of rape, a young English actor finds his life taking a dangerous turn when the men who help him escape a conviction recruit him for a lethal mission that leads to a traitor with links to his family.

Phantom by Jo Nesbø
Determined to prove the innocence of a young man he helped raise, a disgraced former cop embarks on a dangerous investigation linked to Oslo’s most virulent street drug.


Originally published on March 8, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.