‘Unforgettable’ Mail on Sunday
‘Powerful’ Sunday Times
‘Quietly devastating’ Daily Mail
‘Every line is golden’ Sara Taylor
‘Sublime and beautiful’ Carys Davies
When he hears a story about a huge dinosaur fossil locked deep inside an Alpine glacier, university professor Stan finds a childhood dream reignited. Whatever it takes, he is determined to find the buried treasure.
But Stan is no mountaineer and must rely on the help of old friend Umberto, who brings his eccentric young assistant, Peter, and cautious mountain guide Gio. Time is short: they must complete their expedition before winter sets in. As bonds are forged and tested on the mountainside, and the lines between determination and folly are blurred, the hazardous quest for the Earth’s lost creatures becomes a journey into Stan’s own past.
This breathless, heartbreaking epic-in-miniature speaks to the adventurer within us all.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PRIX JOSEPH KESSEL 2020
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GRAND PRIX DE L’ACADÉMIE FRANÇAISE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GRAND PRIX DES BLOGUEURS LITTÉRAIRES 2019
Chosen as one of French booksellers’ Top 5 Titles of Autumn 2019 in Livres Hebdo
‘Poignant, short but powerful … explores ideas of comradeship, the persistence of childhood trauma and the nature of obsession.’ Sunday Times
‘Brief, unusual, but supremely effective… explores the limits of human physical endurance with total conviction.’ The Tablet
‘This is an unforgettable novel, beautifully written and utterly gripping.’ Mail on Sunday
‘A sublime and beautiful book’ Carys Davies, author of West
‘Every line is golden. It’s impossible to describe it without selling it short. It is a small, perfect thing, beautiful and devastating’ Sara Taylor, author of The Shore
‘Spare, elegant and poetic, this slender novel is quietly devastating’ Daily Mail
‘Breathless and heartbreaking . . . the story is thrilling and wrenching by turns . . . Tracing a treasure that waits just out of reach, A Hundred Million Years and a Day speaks to the adventurers within us all’ Foreword Reviews
‘The description of the mountain environment is beautifully rendered, majestic, full of beauty and ultimately an overarching power that is beyond mere mortals . . . A wonderfully told tale over c.170 pages’ TripFiction
‘Using beautiful imagery and poetic language, Andrea takes us to the mountains for an adventure that is as cruel as it is magical’ Le Figaro
‘Gripping and poetic, it keeps you hooked until the final page’ La Croix
‘Under Jean-Baptiste Andrea’s skilled penmanship, the alpine adventure novel becomes a moving tale of personal discovery, and the fossil, a brilliant metaphor for the search for perfection’ Le Nouveau Magazine Littéraire
‘The author’s voice has the imagination to move mountains, but shows an awareness that the journey means more than the destination. We’re with the narrator every step of the way, admiring his determination to fulfil his dream’ Libération
‘Go and buy it now. . . Andrea’s beautiful words are both heartrending and comforting’ Télématin
‘The poetry of the language and intensity of feeling give nature an intoxicating splendour’ Le Matricule des Anges
Praise for Ma Reine
‘A powerful, magnetic novel’ Lire
‘A book of great charm. Poetic, otherworldly and original’ Télématin
‘A poetic, dreamlike little gem’ Le Figaro Littéraire
Bonus MaterialThe Bookanista interview with Jean-Baptiste Andrea
Sam Taylor began his career as a journalist with The Observer. In 2001, he moved to southwest France, where he wrote four novels. In 2010, he translated his first novel: Laurent Binet’s HHhH. He now lives in the United States and works as a literary translator and author. Recent translations include The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, The Heart (for which he won the French-American Translation Prize) and Lullaby/The Perfect Nanny.