A Hundred Million Years and a Day
Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Sam Taylor
A page-turning, moving novel that asks how far we should go in pursuit of our dreams, A Hundred Million Years and a Day joins a long lineage of classic adventure fiction that includes works like Moby Dick, Carys Davies's West and Ian McGuire's The North Water. It has echoes of true-life accounts of adventurers pushing the limits of human endurance, such as Touching the Void and Into the Wild, while tapping into the current vogue for man-and-nature writing such as The Salt Path.
With moments of high drama and suspense as time runs out on the mountain, it’s also a gentle, reflective and warm-hearted tale about friendship, and what it means to be a dreamer, to the extent that you’ll risk everything for that dream.
Jean-Baptiste Andrea is a screenwriter-turned-author, and the novel has a very filmic quality. He is a fluent English speaker, able to take part in broadcast interviews and events. His debut novel, Ma Reine, won 12 literary prizes in France. A Hundred Million Years and a Day is one of the big books of the French rentree season in Fall 2019 and has been chosen by French booksellers as one of the Top 5 Titles of Fall 2019 in Livres Hebdo. It was shortlisted for the prestigious Grand Prix de l'Académie Française 2019.
The translator of the novel is Sam Taylor, translator of several of the most successful French novels in translation in recent years, including HHhH, Lullaby/The Perfect Nanny, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, and The Heart, which won the French-American Translation Prize. His involvement is a stamp of quality on the project. As Sam lives in Texas, he may be able to help promote the book in the US and there could be a panel discussion between him and Andrea.
Of his novel, Andrea said: ‘I think we awake every morning as geniuses, for a few seconds. Then life takes over. We don clothes of normality. We snuff out that flame. A Hundred Million Years and a Day is the story of a man who decides, one day, to fan the flame. For the first time ever, he decides to follow his dreams. A Hundred Million Years and a Day is a book about the dreamers of this world.’