A Hundred Million Years and a Day
Described as 'unforgettable' by The Mail on Sunday, A Hundred Million Years and a Day is a pocket-sized epic adventure story of a professor's journey to an Alpine glacier.
'Powerful' Sunday Times
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.
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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