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All Human Wisdom


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Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1951. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature before becoming a novelist. He was awarded the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger, alongside Fred Vargas, for Alex. In 2013 his novel Au revoir la-haut (The Great Swindle, in English translation) won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award.


An epic inhabited by flamboyant characters and imbued with an all-consuming drama

Literature with conviction; a furious talent

Confirms the genius of a great novelist and storyteller

Terrific . . . Easily the most purely entertaining novel I have read so far this year
*The Sunday Times*

A perfectly orchestrated comédie humaine
*Journal du Dimanche*

Lemaitre is always readable and his caustic wit shines through
*The Times*

Pierre Lemaitre: unleashed

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