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Maylis de Kerangal: Mend the Living

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Blackwell's is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting Wellcome Book Prize winning author Maylis de Kerangal to our bookshop.

Maylis' novel 'Mend the Living' was the Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2017, as well as being longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016, and adapted into a major French film, directed by Katell Quillevere and starring Emmanuelle Seigner.

A twenty-four-hour whirlwind of death and life.

In the depths of a winter's night, the heart of Simon Limbeau is resting, readying itself for the day to come. In a few hours' time, just before six, his alarm will go off and he will venture into the freezing dawn, drive down to the beach, and go surfing with his friends. A trip he has made a hundred times and yet, today, the heart of Simon Limbeau will encounter a very different course.

But for now, the black-box of his body is free to leap, swell, melt and sink, just as it has throughout the years of Simon's young life.

5.50 a.m.

This is his heart.

And here is its story.

'Mend the Living' was translated from the French by Jessica Moore.

Maylis de Kerangal spent her childhood in Le Havre, France. Her novel ‘Birth of a Bridge’ was the winner of the Prix Franz Hessel and Prix Médicis in 2010. Her novella ‘Tangente vers l’est’ was the winner of the 2012 Prix Landerneau. In 2014, her fifth novel, ‘Mend the Living’, was published in French to wide acclaim, winning the Grand Prix RTL-Lire award and being declared the Student Choice Novel of the Year by France Culture and ‘Télérama’.

This event will be held in the Norrington Room.

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