Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1951. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature before becoming a novelist. He was awarded the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger, alongside Fred Vargas, for Alex. In 2013 his novel Au revoir la-haut (The Great Swindle, in English translation) won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award.
Pierre Lemaitre: unleashed * Liberation * An epic inhabited by flamboyant characters and imbued with an all-consuming drama * Figaro * Literature with conviction; a furious talent * L'Obs * A perfectly orchestrated comedie humaine * Journal du Dimanche * Confirms the genius of a great novelist and storyteller * Express *