Hundreds of actors were auditioned, but only two remained.
This novel tells the story of the boy who wasn’t chosen.
In 1999 the search to find the actor to play Harry Potter began.
Martin Hill is a ten-year-old just like any other. Until he makes it to the final two in the casting for Harry Potter. In the end, the other boy is picked for the role of a lifetime.
A devastated Martin tries to move on with his life. But how can he forget his failure?
Foenkinos’ smash-hit Second Best is a playful, poignant story about fate, loss and how the lives we wish we’d led might not be all they’re cracked up to be . . .
Praise for Second Best:
‘It doesn’t get more captivating than this’ Elle
‘Funny and melancholy, cruel and dramatic’ Le Figaro Littéraire
‘David Foenkinos turns a genius idea into an absorbing novel’ La Croix
‘A sensitive and kind meditation on coming back from failure’ Le Parisien
‘A lively, sharp, playful tale’ L’Obs
‘Peppered with empathy, emotion and humour’ rtbf.be
‘An inventive novel about rebuilding after failure, no matter how powerful or vast it may be’ actualitte.com
Praise for David Foenkinos:
‘Light, funny and erudite: a delight’ The Guardian
‘Charming, clever’ The Independent
‘A completely delightful jeu d’esprit’ Daily Mail
‘Unputdownable . . . Immensely likeable, unexpectedly compelling and moving’ Irish Times
‘A wonderful surprise . . . a serious author who doesn’t take himself seriously’ L’Express
‘Abounds with Gallic wit and charm’ Waterstones
Megan Jones is an in-house translator for Gallic Books and lives in London.