The Wide World

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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 has won the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger three times, once alongside Fred Vargas, for Alex, and twice as sole winner for Camille and The Great Swindle. In 2013 The Great Swindle (published in French as Au revoir la-haut won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award.In addition to his Brigade Criminelle novels starring Commandant Camille Verhoeven, Lemaitre writes standalone thrillers including Blood Wedding.Frank Wynne is an award-winning writer and translator. His previous translations include works by Virginie Despentes, Javier Cercas and Michel Houllebecq. He chaired the jury of the 2022 Booker International. Most recently his translation of The Art of Losing won the 2022 Dublin Literary Award.


The Wide World is one of his best . . . Compellingly plotted, stuffed with great characters, thought-provokingly situated in history
*The Times*

Pierre Lemaitre skilfully captivates and stuns the reader
*Le Figaro Litteraire*

Storytelling with never a dull moment
*Le Figaro*

Lemaitre casts his net wide, skilfully contrasting the vibrancy, exoticism and dangerous excitement of Saigon and Beirut in the years after the second world war with the drab, careworn city that Paris has become
*Financial Times*

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