Description'This is an unforgettable novel, beautifully written and utterly gripping.' Mail on Sunday 'short but powerful' Sunday Times 'Sublime' Carys Davies, author of West 'Beautiful and devastating' Sara Taylor, author of The Shore
Stan has been hunting for fossils since the age of six. Now, in the summer of 1954, 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.
But Stan is no mountaineer. To complete his dangerous expedition, he must call on loyal friend Umberto, who arrives with an eccentric young assistant, and expert guide Gio. Time is short: the four men must descend before the weather turns. As bonds are forged and tested, the hazardous quest for the earth's lost creatures becomes a journey into Stan's own past.
A Hundred Million Years and a Day is a mesmerising story of nature, adventure and of one man's determination to follow his dream, whatever it may take.
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About the Author
Praise for Ma Reine
'A powerful, magnetic novel' Lire
'A book of great charm. Poetic, otherworldly and original' Telerama
'A poetic, dreamlike little gem' Le Figaro littéraire
Winner of 12 literary awards, including the Prix du Premier Roman and Prix Femina des Lycéens.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GRAND PRIX DE L'ACADÉMIE FRANÇAISE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GRAND PRIX DES BLOGUEURS LITTÉRAIRES 2019
'A sublime and beautiful book' Carys Davies
'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
'Breathless and heartbreaking . . . 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
'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