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11th June 2020


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16th June 2020



A Hundred Million Years and a Day

(Cent millions d'années et un jour)


One man’s obsession with a mythical dinosaur fossil takes him and his team to the very edge of the world, and of life itself.

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Shortlisted for the Grand Prix de l’Académie Française 2019

Chosen as one of French booksellers’ Top 5 New Titles of Autumn 2019 in Livres Hebdo

‘On the mountain, the only monsters are the ones you take with you.’

Summer 1954. Stan has been hunting for fossils since the age of six. Now, having made a career out of studying the remains of tiny lifeforms, he hears a story he cannot forget: the skeleton of a huge creature, a veritable dragon, lies deep in an Alpine glacier. And he is determined to find it.

Leaving his life in Paris behind, Stan sets out in pursuit of a legend. But he is no mountaineer, and to attempt his dangerous expedition he must call on loyal friend and colleague Umberto, who arrives with an eccentric young assistant, and expert guide Gio. Time is short: the four men must descend before the weather turns. Bonds are forged and tested as the hazardous quest for the earth’s lost creatures becomes a journey into Stan’s own past.

‘Go and buy it now. . . Andrea’s beautiful words are both heartrending and comforting’ Télématin
‘Gripping and poetic, it keeps you hooked until the final page’ La Croix
‘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
‘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 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
Jean-Baptiste Andrea

Meet the author

Jean-Baptiste Andrea was born in 1971 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and grew up in Cannes. He is a director and screenwriter. He wrote his first English-language feature film Dead End in 2003, to critical acclaim. His first novel, Ma Reine, was published in France in 2017 and won the Prix du Premier Roma…

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