LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Yann Martel - Author

About the Author

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he worked at odd jobs and travelled before turning to writing. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, as well as the novel Self, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada What is Stephen Harper Reading?. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Author photo © Alice Kuiper

Featured books by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Lost in Portugal. Lost to grief. With nothing but a chimpanzee. A man thrown backwards by heartbreak goes in search of an artefact that could unsettle history. A woman carries her husband to a doctor in a suitcase. A Canadian senator begins a new life, in a new country, in the company of a chimp called Odo. From these stories of journeying, of loss and faith, Yann Martel makes a novel unlike any other: moving, profound and magical.

ebook of the month
The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal

Author: Yann Martel Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2016

To suffer and do nothing is to be nothing, while to suffer and do something is to become someone. He must strike onwards to the High Mountains of Portugal! In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the location of an extraordinary artefact that - if it exists - would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this treasure. Some thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he comes to his ancestral village with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee.

ebook of the month

Other books by Yann Martel


( ! ) Notice: Undefined index: book2look_url in /home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/core/classes/book.class.php on line 114
Call Stack
#TimeMemoryFunctionLocation
10.0003389296{main}( ).../index.php:0
20.04233779808require_once( '/home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/content/templates/lovereading/author.php' ).../index.php:131
30.18773931064Book->set_book_values_from_index( ).../author.php:87
Beatrice and Virgil

Beatrice and Virgil

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 13/04/2010

Fate takes many forms. . . . When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkeynamed Beatrice and Virgiland the epic journey they undertake together.With all the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.From the Hardcover edition.


( ! ) Notice: Undefined index: book2look_url in /home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/core/classes/book.class.php on line 114
Call Stack
#TimeMemoryFunctionLocation
10.0003389296{main}( ).../index.php:0
20.04233779808require_once( '/home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/content/templates/lovereading/author.php' ).../index.php:131
30.19143931064Book->set_book_values_from_index( ).../author.php:87
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2005

This superb collection, hailed for its power, compassion and elegance, takes in the wide sweep of human experience. From the last hours of a condemned man, to the imaginary life of an AIDS patient, to the first performance of a bizarre new symphony, Yann Martel's stories are moving, thought-provoking and as inventive in form as they are timeless in content. They display the startling mix of dazzle and depth that has made him an international phenomenon.


( ! ) Notice: Undefined index: book2look_url in /home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/core/classes/book.class.php on line 114
Call Stack
#TimeMemoryFunctionLocation
10.0003389296{main}( ).../index.php:0
20.04233779808require_once( '/home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/content/templates/lovereading/author.php' ).../index.php:131
30.19503931064Book->set_book_values_from_index( ).../author.php:87
Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2005

WINNER OF THE 2002 BOOKER PRIZE After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger and Pi - a 16-year-old Indian boy. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of recent years.


( ! ) Notice: Undefined index: book2look_url in /home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/core/classes/book.class.php on line 114
Call Stack
#TimeMemoryFunctionLocation
10.0003389296{main}( ).../index.php:0
20.04233779808require_once( '/home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/content/templates/lovereading/author.php' ).../index.php:131
30.19743931064Book->set_book_values_from_index( ).../author.php:87
Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2003

One boy, one boat, one tiger . . . After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.


( ! ) Notice: Undefined index: book2look_url in /home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/core/classes/book.class.php on line 114
Call Stack
#TimeMemoryFunctionLocation
10.0003389296{main}( ).../index.php:0
20.04233779808require_once( '/home/sites/www.lovereading.co.uk/www/content/templates/lovereading/author.php' ).../index.php:131
30.21743931064Book->set_book_values_from_index( ).../author.php:87
Self

Self

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2003

Edgy, funny and devastating, Self is the fictional autobiography of a young writer at the heart of which is a startling twist. This extraordinary life meanders through a rich, complicated, bittersweet world. The discoveries of childhood give way to the thousand pangs of adolescence, culminating in the sudden shocking news of an accident abroad. And as adulthood begins, indecisively, boundaries are crossed between countries, languages and people . . .