David Foenkinos, Megan Jones
A magical imagining of the fate of a fictional boy whose life is shaped forever when he loses out on the role of Harry Potter.
In 1999 the search to find the actor to play Harry Potter began. Hundreds of actors were auditioned, but only two remained. Martin Hill was the the boy who wasn’t chosen. 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 France Praise for The Martins: 'A charming, clever book' The Independent 'This witty work of autofiction proves you don't always need a plot' Washington Independent Review of Books Praise for The Mystery of Henri Pick: 'A charming, quirky addition to the whimsical subgenre of books about book lovers, done with a light Gallic touch' The Guardian, Top 50 Books of the Summer 'A dull pizza chef becomes the author of an unlikely bestseller in this charming novel about the literary life' Sunday Times, 100 Best Summer Reads 'A charming literary caper . . . A playfully droll satire of the French publishing scene and a completely delightful jeu d'esprit' Daily Mail 'An elegant, irresistibly farcical comic mystery based around a library of rejected manuscripts, Foenkinos' playful satire is the perfect feelgood read. An ideal novel for bibliophiles everywhere, The Mystery of Henri Pick abounds with Gallic wit and charm' Waterstones Praise for Charlotte: 'Foenkinos writes arrestingly about Charlotte, masterfully imagining her interior life . . . So much space on the page visually transforms each paragraph into a stanza, while lending the words a solemn weight and power . . . [A] beautiful, wretched story' The Guardian 'From its striking first sentence there is no turning away . . . A far superior tribute to any commemorative plaque' Irish Times 'I am deeply, deeply affected by this sad, beautiful, indignant, wrenching, important book . . . It is an artistic privilege and (I think) almost a moral duty that you all read this' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent 'An astonishing novel. Every line has something profound to say about love and loss, hope and fear, time and memory, and the enduring power of art' Andrew Michael Hurley, author of The Loney.
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