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  • FOENKINOS Second Best HC (1)
Edition details

ISBN
9781913547592

eBook ISBN
9781913547622

Publication date
27th July 2023

RRP
£9.99

Imprint
Gallic Books

Binding
PB B

Extent (number of pages)
TBC

Translator
Megan Jones

Territory

WEL

BIC category
FA, FB, FBA, FS, FQ, FU, FXD, FYT

US publication date
5th September 2023

US RRP
$17.95

Category

Second Best

(Numéro deux)

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Description

How would it feel to be forever confronted with a life you never got to live?

Martin Hill is a ten-year-old boy like any other. Until the day fate throws him in the path of David Heyman, a film producer looking for the star of his latest adaptation: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Martin finds himself down to the final two for the titular role, but is pipped to the post by Daniel Radcliffe. In the words of the casting director, Radcliffe had that ‘little something extra’ – a phrase that will haunt Martin for years to come.

Devastated, he tries to move on with his life. But how can he escape the spectre of the most famous film series in the world?

Foenkinos’ smash-hit Second Best is a playful, poignant story about fate, overcoming failure, and how the lives we wish we had led might not be all they’re cracked up to be…

Praise for David Foenkinos:
‘Light, funny and erudite: a delight’ The Guardian
‘Charming, clever’ The Independent
‘A completely delightful jeu d’espritDaily 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.

 

David Foenkinos

Meet the author

David Foenkinos is the author of 18 novels which have been translated into more than 40 languages. His novel Charlotte won both the Prix Renaudot and the Prix Goncourt des lycéens in 2014, and The Mystery of Henri Pick (2020) was a Guardian Book of the Summer. The Martins was published by Gallic Boo…

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